In this segment we are continuing with what is available to the members, we will touch on not only what is available to you, but what is available to your family also. On our member resources page we have a link to the available Teamster scholarships. Every January eligible dependents of members can apply for Teamster Scholarships.
We feature three different scholarships that are available to the members children. The first scholarship is the Teamsters Local 1150 Scholarship. Teamsters Local 1150 has established a scholarship fund to assist eligible applicants in their pursuit of higher learning and career building. This includes full time study in an accredited college or university or a technical school. We consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status.
Eleven $1,000 one-time scholarships are awarded. These scholarships are disbursed to the college, university or technical school of the recipient’s choice at the beginning of the recipient’s freshman year. A recipient may not apply if she or he is attending a tuition-free institution or attending an institution tuition-free.
Eligibility requirements and application procedures are the same for all 11 awards, and become available to the membership every January. The Teamsters Local 1150 Core Scholarship Committee will confirm applications are complete and applicants are eligible. An impartial, independent educator will review all potential recipient applications and select the 11 recipients.
The second scholarship available is the Teamsters Joint Council 10 scholarship. Your local union is one of the many that help make up Teamsters Joint Council 10. JC10, is a regional body of the Teamsters that covers over 60,000 members and 25 locals throughout the northeast. JC10 also has a scholarship program that awards a one time 1,000$ grant to a member from every local it represents.
The third and final Scholarship available is the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund. Since 1966 the union has maintained a scholarship program for the college-bound children of members. However, over the years, the structure of the original fund became outdated. It was failing to keep up with the rising costs of tuition so in 1999, a resolution was passed to create a stand-alone not for profit scholarship fund in memory of James R. Hoffa. Being a stand-alone fund and not being part of the Teamsters General Fund, has allowed the fund to collect donations and contributions from a much broader audience benefitting the dependents of our members. Through the years over 6 million dollars have been awarded to more than 2500 students. Each year the Fund awards scholarships based on academic performance to children and financial dependents of Teamster members. Awards range from $10,000 to $1,000. The official application is available in November.Each March the Fund holds an Essay Contest for college, university, community college, trade or vocational school students who are the children or financial dependents of a Teamster member. Each winning essay applicant receives a one-time $1,000 award.In January 2017, the Fund intends to have a third award category available. This will be for two-year college, training or vocational school students who are the children or financial dependents of Teamster members.
With the ever-rising cost of tuition, and the financial burden it puts on all of us, these funds were created to help our members and their families, so please take advantage of them and ensure your dependent applies when the time comes. Every dollar helps, and this is what we are here to do, we are here for you, because of you. As always, Stay informed, Get involved, Stand United!