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2015 BLET Scholarship Directory

CLEVELAND, February 13 — Each year, the BLET National Division compiles a list of scholarship opportunities available to the children of BLET members. Numerous financial aid opportunities are published here in the 2015 BLET Scholarship Directory.

The scholarship opportunities vary widely. The following comprehensive list provides members and their families with contact information for each scholarship program. The BLET National Division does not maintain its own scholarship program, so interested parties are advised to contact the individual scholarship providers listed below for additional information.

Those aware of additional scholarship opportunities not included in this Directory are urged to contact the BLET Public Relations Department at:

The 2015 BLET Scholarship Directory is as follows:

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships annually to outstanding high school seniors. The deadline for this year’s program is March 31, 2015.

Recipients are selected by an impartial committee of university admissions and financial aid directors based on academic achievement, SAT/ACT scores, character, potential and financial need. The Teamsters consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status.

One category of awards totals $10,000 each. These four-year scholarships are disbursed at the rate of $2,500 per year and are renewable annually. Other awards are one-time $1,000 grants. These scholarships are disbursed to the college or university at the beginning of the recipient’s freshman year.

Due to the highly competitive nature of the program and the large number of applicants, students should visit the Teamster website and carefully consider the criteria before submitting an application. The JRH Scholarship Fund has established some guidelines to be used by students when deciding whether or not to apply for this program. Applicants should: 1. Rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class; 2. Have, or expect to have, excellent SAT or ACT scores; and 3. Demonstrate financial need.

A full list of specific eligibility requirements can be found on the Teamster website.

If you need additional assistance, please contact:
James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund
25 Louisiana Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 624-8735

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BLET Auxiliary and International Western Convention (IWC) Scholarships

The BLET Auxiliary and the International Western Convention (IWC) offer $1,000 scholarships annually to help the children of BLET and Auxiliary members realize their goals in life.

There is some good news for those applying for a BLET Auxiliary Scholarship this year. Beginning in 2015, the requirement of Auxiliary membership has been reduced from two years to just one year in order for their children to qualify for a BLET Auxiliary scholarship. Under the new guidelines, applicants must have one parent who has been a member of the BLET Auxiliary for at least one year, and the other parent must be a member of the BLET for at least one year. Children of unmarried BLET members with at least one year of membership in the BLET and at least one year of membership as an associate member of the BLET Auxiliary are also eligible.

The BLET Auxiliary also administers the scholarship program for the International Western Convention (IWC). Scholarships ($1,000) are available for the children, stepchildren, and grandchildren of BLET members whose Division is a member in good standing of the IWC. The BLET divisions that are eligible to participate in the IWC are located in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Auxiliary membership is not a requirement to apply for an IWC scholarship. In some cases applicants may qualify for both the BLET Auxiliary Scholarship Program and the IWC Scholarship Program.

In order to qualify for either scholarship program, an applicant must be accepted or enrolled in an accredited university, college, or institution of higher learning. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic record, leadership, character, and personal achievement. If the applicant is a graduate student or returning to college as a sophomore, junior, or senior, he or she must have a 3.0 grade point average or better to be considered.

Scholarship applications must be received by April 1, 2015, in order to be accepted. Late applications will not be considered. These requirements apply to both the BLET Auxiliary scholarships and the IWC scholarships.

Application forms with detailed instructions attached are available for download at: Applicants must carefully follow all instructions in order to ensure that the application will qualify for acceptance and consideration by the BLET Auxiliary Scholarship Committee.

Mail completed forms to:
Lawana Poss
BLET Auxiliary National Secretary
1394 Bywood Court
Suwanee, GA 30024

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Eastern Union Meeting Association (EUMA)

The Eastern Union Meeting Association awards several scholarships each year, ranging in value from $1,000 to $2,000, including memorial scholarships honoring the memories and accomplishments of Brothers Robert F. Donoghue, Robert W. Godwin and Robert T. Pentland. The scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and financial need. Only children of BLET members (living or deceased) belonging to divisions participating in the EUMA are eligible to apply. Division must be square on the books for the child to qualify. States represented in EUMA are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.

The 2015 EUMA scholarship application and dues deadline is July 7, 2015. Send completed applications to: Pat Driscoll, EUMA Secretary-Treasurer, Conrail SAA/CSXT Northern District, GCA, 2852 Delaware Ave., Suite #200, Kenmore, NY 14217. For more details, contact Brother Driscoll at: (716) 876-2303 or

Applications are available on the BLET website here. 

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Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM)

The Southwestern Convention Meeting (SWCM) awards approximately three dozen scholarships annually based on academic achievement and financial need, granting 34 awards in 2014 totaling $28,500.

Applicants must be the child of an active, retired or deceased BLET member whose division belongs to the Southwestern Convention Meeting. Applicants must be accepted for admission to an accredited college, university or institution of higher learning. Only divisions belonging to the SWCM are eligible.

SWCM application forms can be filled out on your computer screen with the interactive PDF form available on the BLET website. Deadline is August 1, 2015. The 2015 convention begins on September 13, and Divisions must have paid their annual SWCM convention dues for applicants from their Division to be eligible. For more information, please visit the SWCM website.

The SWCM Scholarship Committee provides two application forms — one for incoming freshmen and one for current college students. Be sure to use the correct form when applying as incorrect applications will not be accepted.

Download application instructions here (PDF).

Application form for incoming freshmen here (PDF).

Application form for current college students here (PDF). 

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Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA)

The Southeastern Meeting Association (SMA) Scholarship Committee awards Geiger-Brendle Scholarships each year to the children of active or retired BLET members whose divisions participate in the SMA.

Please check with your division Secretary-Treasurer to ensure that your division participates. In general, the SMA includes divisions located in states east of the Mississippi River, and south of the Ohio River and the Mason-Dixon Line. Also, Divisions must be current with their SMA dues in order for the applicant to be eligible. No fax or electronic copies of the application will be accepted.

SMA scholarship winners are usually selected and announced at the SMA’s annual business meeting held during the convention. This year’s SMA will be June 14-19 in Atlanta, Ga. Please see your division officers for an application or for more details. Deadline this year isJune 1, 2015.

An application form is available here (PDF).

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California State Legislative Board

The BLET’s CSLB will again be awarding a scholarship to a graduating high school senior who will attend college/ trade/ vocational school in 2015. The applicant’s parent or guardian must be a member in good standing in a BLET division represented by CSLB.

Last year, the Board awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Rules, applications and deadline information are available on the Board’s website, The deadline isMay 1, 2015. 

All applications should be mailed to the CSLB home office address: California State Legislative Board, BLET/IBT, 610 Auburn Ravine Rd., Suite C, Auburn, CA 95603.

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Illinois State Legislative Board

The BLET’s Illinois State Legislative Board is currently accepting applications for its Don Little Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established in 2013.

One $1,000 and two $500 scholarships will be awarded to applicants whose parent or guardian is a BLET member in good standing with a BLET Local Division represented by the Illinois State Legislative Board. Applicants must be 26 years of age or younger.

Brother Don Little was a locomotive engineer with Metra commuter rail in Chicago and a proud member of BLET Division 294 (Bensenville, Ill.) for 35 years. Brother Little served for more than 10 years on the Executive Committee of the Illinois State Legislative Board and always had a dream of establishing a scholarship program for the family members of fellow Brothers and Sisters who worked in Illinois. Unfortunately, Brother Little passed away before his dream was realized.

In 2013, Paul Piekarski (Chairman of the Illinois State Legislative Board), Timothy Dunn (former Secretary-Treasurer of the Board), and several others helped make Brother Little’s dream a reality.

Scholarship applications and all accompanying documents must be received by May 31, 2015. Specific eligibility requirements, detailed instructions and application forms are available for download from the BLET National Division website (PDF).

For questions or assistance in completing the application, contact Joyce A. Piekarski, Administrative Secretary, at (630) 963-6099 or

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Wyoming State Legislative Board

The BLET’s Wyoming State Legislative Board (WYSLB) is again offering a scholarship program for the upcoming school year. First offered for the 2014 academic year, the scholarship deadline for 2015 is June 1, 2015. 

Wyoming State Legislative Board Chairman Cory Runion said the Board will award either two $1,000 scholarships, or, in the event of a single applicant, one $1,000 scholarship each year to an immediate family member of a BLET member in good standing and holding membership in a Division chartered within the state of Wyoming. The scholarships will be awarded based on the application, along with the requested documentation, by the WYSLB scholarship committee.

Scholarship applications and all accompanying documents must be received by June 1 of each year. Specific eligibility requirements, detailed instructions and application forms (PDF) are available for download from the BLET National Division website, or can be requested from your Division Legislative Representative. Currently, the BLET has nine Divisions chartered in Wyoming — Division 31 (Bill); Division 207 (Casper); Divisions 44, 103 and 115 (Cheyenne); Division 94 (Gillette); Division 869 (Greybull); Division 142 (Rawlins); and Division 624 (Sheridan). 

For questions of assistance in completing the application please contact your Division Legislative Representative.

Information and application form available here (PDF). 

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BLET Division 269

BLET Division 269 (Jamaica, Long Island, N.Y.) offers two $500 scholarships to the children of BLET members who are already enrolled in college. Participation is limited to members of Division 269 only.

Winners are picked at random at the division’s Christmas party. For details, watch your Division 269 website ( or contact Division President John A. Kavanaugh Jr. at (631) 813-2234.

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BLET Division 622

BLET Division 622 (Alliance, Neb.) will award two $500 scholarships in 2015. Only the children of Division 622 members are eligible to apply. Scholarship winners will be chosen at random during a Division meeting in August. Applications must be received by July 31, 2015. For more specifics, please visit the Division 622 website and click on “scholarships.” Application and instructions are also available from the National Division website here (PDF).

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BR&CF Scholarship Program

The Brotherhood’s Relief and Compensation Fund (BR&CF) is pleased to provide opportunities for the sons and daughters of BR&CF members to participate in the Luther G. Smith Scholarship Program.

Children, including adopted and step-children, of BR&CF members who are in “Good and Regular Standing,” are eligible. Applicants must be 27 years of age or younger. Applicants may be current high school students who have applied for admission as full-time students in accredited post-secondary schools or may be attending or enrolled as full-time students in accredited post-secondary schools.

International President J. M. Robb advises that 20 scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded every year.

The BR&CF’s 2015 scholarship program commenced on October 1, 2014, with applications due on March 2, 2015. The 2016 program begins October 1, 2015, with a deadline of March 1, 2016.

BR&CF members with questions may contact Linda Garber at (800) 233-7080. Members may obtain an application form by calling or writing to 2150 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or emailing

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Union Plus Scholarships

Union Plus awarded 116 students a total of $150,000 in scholarships (ranging from $500 to $4,000) in the 2014 Union Plus Scholarship Program. The deadline is January 31 each year. 

Rising education costs are making it difficult for many union families to afford the cost of tuition. That’s one reason Union Plus, which provides important consumer benefits to union members and retirees, offers a unique scholarship program that in just over two decades has awarded over $3.6 million in education funding to more than 2,400 union members, spouses and dependent children. Recipients are selected based on academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

In addition to the scholarships, Union Plus offers discounts of 15 to 60 percent on college and graduate school test preparation courses from The Princeton Review. Discounts are available for classroom, online and private tutoring for the SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, GRE and MCAT as well as college affordability and admissions online courses. Free online practice tests are also available. Visit or call (888) 243-7737.

Visit the Union Plus website to learn more and apply for the scholarship program. 

Friday, February 13, 2015

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