Have they applied for the James R. Hoffa Scholarship yet?

Each year the International Brotherhood of Teamsters grants the James R. Hoffa scholarship to graduating high school seniors of Teamster Members who show exemplary skills and are dedicated to their education, community and extracurricular activities. Outside of the traditional scholarship offered, this year a Training and Vocational Programs scholarship has been initiated.  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.

We caught up with Local 399 Location Manager Curtis Collins’ daughter, Sarah Collins, who was a recipient of the $10,000 James R. Hoffa Scholarship 4 years ago. We asked Sarah to share just some of her accomplishments and highlight the importance of a higher education and seeking out scholarship opportunities that can help ease the financial burden.


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Sarah is an extremely accomplished woman that has been a student at USC for the past 3 1/2 years and will be graduating this May with a double major in Journalism and Political Science. With a current 3.78 GPA, Sarah will graduate in May with journalism department honors. Due to her academic accolades, she has also been granted several amazing opportunities, like attending the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. More recently, she and six other Annenberg students covered the presidential inauguration and Women’s March in 360 for The New York Times and NPR.

Check out the videos here:

NPR:  www.facebook.com/NPR/videos/10155217559116756/

New York Times: www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000004867486/a-nation-divided-at-inauguration.html 

Sarah is also a Cowan Scholar which has allowed her the opportunity to work for the former Dean of the Annenberg School, Geoffrey Cowan, who is currently the Director of the USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.  Sarah has been Professor Cowan’s research assistant for the last 2.5 years. She also mentioned that she is a Jazz singer. 

When asked about what the James R. Hoffa Scholarship meant to her, Sarah responded: “Every little bit helps. Apply to as many scholarships you can! I am proud to have received support from a union, especially one as strong as the Teamsters, of which my father is a member. Unions need our support, and I am honored to represent them with this scholarship.”

She attributes her well rounded education, extracurricular activities, and involvement in school clubs and programs as some of the reasons she was selected for the scholarship 4 years ago. 


The James R. Hoffa Scholarship is currently accepting applications!

We encourage all graduating high school seniors to apply. If you will be graduating high school in the coming years, we encourage you to seek out ways to further your education and experience to better your chances of scholarship selection and to grow in skills and knowledge of the world around you.  If your son or daughter wishes to apply for either Scholarship please head to: http://www.jrhmsf.org to download an application.

Please read each application carefully to ensure you are applying for the correct scholarship fund and are eligible to apply.

Application for the 2016-2017 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

Application for the 2017 Academic Scholarship 2017 Training and Vocational Scholarship

Application Deadline Friday, March 31st, 2017

More scholarship opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

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Good luck to all applicants!