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JRH Scholarship

About James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Fund Applications

The applications for the Scholarship Fund will be available after November 30, 2016 at this website.  Please check back then, or with a Teamster local union for more information.  Click here to view the brochure.

The recipients of the $10,000 James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship for 2016 have been announced in addition to the recipients of the “Bootstrap” awards and the Essay Contest. Congratulations to everyone who won. View the list of winners below.

2016 Essay Winners

2016 10K Winners

2016 Bootstrap Winners

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 2016 the Fund awarded $1,200,000 in scholarships.


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


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

The UPS Foundation

Blue Cross Blue Shield Associations

Prudential Financial

BNY Mellon Asset Management

Teamsters Joint Council 25


Teamsters Local Union 817

Community Financial Service Association


ENTRUST Capital, Inc.

Teamsters Local Union 986

McMorgan and Company




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