Children of BLET members win Hoffa scholarships

Daughter of Division 499 (Whitefish, Mont.) member wins $10,000 prize; Three others $1,000 each

Four college-bound children of BLET members have earned James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awards totaling $13,000 from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

The four scholarship recipients are Katherine Cain, Tiffany Poulette, Justin Hausauer and Lisa Green.

"Congratulations to these deserving scholarship winners for their outstanding academic achievements," said BLET National President Don Hahs. "Best wishes to each winner in their current and future academic endeavors."

The highest achiever is Katherine Cain, daughter of James A. Cain, a member of BLET Division 499 in Whitefish, Mont. Katherine is the recipient of $10,000 Hoffa scholarship. Brother Cain is a locomotive engineer for the BNSF Railway (BNSF) and has been a BLET member since 2002.

"She worked hard to get to where she is now and we couldn't be more proud," Brother Cain said. "I feel like after 30 years in the railroad industry this is a nice payback. It meant a lot to our family."

Brother Cain says Katherine is headed to the Portland Art Institute in Oregon where she will pursue a degree in fashion design.

Tiffany Poulette, daughter of Robert L. Poulette of BLET Division 285 in Thayer, Mo., earned a $1,000 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship "Bootstrap" award. Brother Poulette is a BNSF engineer and has been a BLET member since 1974.

Justin Hausauer, son of BLET member Kevin W. Hausauer of BLET Division 746 in Mandan, N.D., earned a $1,000 scholarship. Brother Hausauer is a BNSF engineer and has been a BLET member since 1999.

Lisa Green, daughter of Barry E. Green of BLET Division 180 in Glendive, Mont., won a $1,000 scholarship. Brother Green is a BNSF engineer and has been a BLET member since 1981.

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund was named in honor of James R. Hoffa in recognition of his tireless service to the Union and its members. Hoffa became a Teamster in 1934 and served as General President for 14 years.

The Teamsters awarded 100 total scholarships this year. Thirty-one were $10,000 scholarships paid in $2,500 increments over four years. The remaining 69 awards were one-time $1,000 scholarships.

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