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Gala Reception and Dinner, 2016

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund will be hosting a Gala Reception and Dinner in Chicago on March 16, 2016.  The event will be the fundraising event for the scholarship fund in 2016.  Invitations were mailed to Teamster affiliates and past participants in the golf and poker tournaments the week of October 2, 2015. 

The JRHMSF has established an on-line registration page for purchasing tickets to the dinner ($250 each) and purchasing advertising space in the Program Book which is the main way that funds are raised.   To access the on-line registration area, click here.

If you would like to participate as a Major Sponsor this year (donations of $25,000 and above), please contact the Scholarship Fund office at (202) 624-6800.

Thank you, in advance, for your generous donations and participation in the 2016 event.


About the Fund: James R. Hoffa became a Teamster member in 1934 and served as General President for 14 years, and, in recognition of his tireless service to the union and its members, was honored as General President Emeritus for life. At the November 1999 General Executive Board meeting, then-General Secretary-Treasurer C. Thomas Keegel presented a resolution to establish the new scholarship fund. This site describes the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (JRHMSF) and outlines eligibility requirements and application procedures.

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund is an independent organization established and registered as a tax-exempt entity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Fund is established solely to provide scholarships to the child or dependent of a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and contributions to the Fund are deductible as charitable contributions to the extent permitted by law. In 2015 the Fund awarded $1,000,000 in scholarships.

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund will post the application for the 2016-2017 scholarships at the end of November.  Printed materials will be mailed to all Teamster local unions and Joint Councils in the U.S. and Canada.  Additionally, the application and related forms will be posted on this website by the end of November.  The application deadline will be March 31, 2016.  These awards range from $10,000 to $1,000.

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund's Essay Contest topic and application form will be available in March, 2016.  Printed applications will be mailed to all Teamster local unions and Joint Councils in the U.S. and Canada.  The application form will also be posted on this website in March, 2016.  The deadline will be June 15, 2016.  These awards are for $1,000.

For general questions about the Scholarship Fund, please call (202) 624-6800 and ask for the Scholarship Office, or e-mail us at

Special thanks to our Major Sponsors, Joint Councils and Locals who have made the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund events possible.  We salute you on our 16th Anniversary!


Northern Trust Global Investment

American Income Life/NILICO and United American Insurance Company


Blue Cross Blue Shield Associations

Prudential Financial

BNY Mellon Asset Management

Teamsters Joint Council 25

Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division

Teamsters Joint Council 41

Community Financial Service Association

Teamsters Local Union 817

ENTRUST Capital, Inc.

Teamsters Local Union 986

Grand Fund LLC

The UPS Foundation


Vision Service Plan

McMorgan and Company

Yucaipa Companies


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