Children of BLET members win top Hoffa Scholarships

The BLET congratulates six of its members' children for winning scholarships from the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund. Two of these winners, Christine Haas and Elspeth Sawyer, earned $10,000 scholarships.

Christine Haas is the daughter of BLET Division 553 (Calwa City, Calif.) member F.L. Haas. She will be attending the University of California at Davis and plans to major in Biochemistry. Christine plans on becoming a research veterinarian. Christine achieved much in her high school years, and was the winner of the Discovery Channel's Young Scientist Challenge.

Elspeth Sawyer is the daughter of BLET Division 316 (Atlanta) Legislative Representative H.L. Sawyer Jr. Elspeth will be attending American University in Washington, D.C., as a pre-medicine major. She plans to become a doctor and work in the field of humanitarian aid. Elspeth was a member of the National Honors Society and volunteered for many charities and community groups.

In addition to Christine and Elspeth, four other children of BLET members won $1,000 scholarships. They are as follows:

The annual James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors who are children of Teamster members that exhibit exemplary grades and activities. The finalists are chosen by the program the Fund uses to score. Scoring is based on class rank, G.P.A. and SAT/ACT scores. The 250 finalists are judged by an outside panel consisting of Admission Directors from three universities.

This year there were 1,615 applicants, with 250 of those being chosen as finalists. Of the 250 finalists, 69 were winners of $1,000, and 31 were winners of $10,000. This scholarship fund began in 1999, and the first winners were chosen in 2001. To date, nearly $2 million has been provided in scholarships.

Information on the 2007-2008 JRH Memorial Scholarship Fund for high school seniors graduating in 2007 will be available in October 2006. The scholarship program is named in honor of James R. Hoffa, who served as General President for 14 years, in recognition of his tireless service to the Union and its members.

The BLET congratulates these young men and women on their achievement!



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