In 2016, five recipients of scholarships from the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund were the relatives of Local 700 members. This annual scholarship program is open to the children and dependent grandchildren of Teamster members in good standing. Each of these incoming college freshmen received a one-time $1,000 scholarship:
Essay contest winners:
These students were awarded for their outstanding essay submissions.
Victoria Gibbons, relative of member Neal Gibbons
Nicole Ryan, relative of member William Ryan
These students were recognized for a consistently high level of academic achievement and extra-curricular activities during their senior year of high school.
Lauren Endress, relative of member Christopher Endress
Robert Farenkopf, relative of member Robert Farenkopf
Sarah Sciaraffa, relative of member John Sciaraffa
In 2016, the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund distributed $1.2 million in scholarship awards to the sons and daughters of Teamsters across the U.S. and Canada. In 2017, the Fund is committed to distributing $1.4 million, an increase of $200,000.
“I am so proud that our union offers this program and provides recognition for the outstanding students we have among us,” said Teamsters Local 700 President Becky Strzechowski. “I encourage all of our Teamsters Local 700 relatives who are eligible to apply for these scholarships to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”
The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship awards scholarships on the basis of a comprehensive process. Areas that are reviewed by the Scholarship Committee include, but are not limited to the following: Academic Accomplishments, Community Service, Letters of Recommendation (if a Canadian or Puerto Rican applicant), and Financial Need. The scholarship awards are paid directly to the schools.
Scholarship winners are awarded either a $10,000 award split up over four years at $1,250 per semester, or a one-time $1,000 award. Winners of the $10,000 award will have their scholarship renewed each year, pursuant to the Scholarship Renewal guidelines, and must maintain a GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher.
A new addition in 2017 is a Training and Vocational Programs scholarship. Similar to the Academic Scholarship, applicants must be the son, daughter or financial dependent of a Teamster member (including BLET, BMWED and GCC members). The training and vocational programs must be related to work in a Teamster-represented industry, class or craft. Areas that are reviewed by the Committee include, but are not limited to the following: Personal Statement, Essay, Letters of Recommendation and Financial Need. The scholarship awards are paid directly to the schools. Scholarship winners are awarded scholarships up to $2,000, depending on financial need.
Completed applications must be returned to Teamsters Local 700 for membership verification. Qualifying candidates should turn in completed applications to Teamsters Local 700 by dropping them off or sending them in the mail:
Teamsters Local 700
RE: Hoffa Memorial Scholarship
1300 W. Higgins Road, Suite 301
Park Ridge, IL 60068
The deadline to turn in applications to the union office is March 30, 2017. (The application lists March 31, 2017 as the deadline, which is for the International office to receive the materials from Local 700.)
ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in 1999 to honor the memory of former Teamsters General President James R. Hoffa and to increase the availability of educational funding for Teamster family members. The fund awards scholarships to hundreds of students each year through the annual award process and the essay contest.
For more information, contact the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund office at (202) 624-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.