The BLET Auxiliary Scholarship was established at the International Convention in 1981. The program provides $1,000 scholarships to the sons and daughters of both Auxiliary and BLET members, with each having at least one year of concurrent membership. An exception has been made for those children of single-parent BLET members with at least one year of membership in the BLET and at least one year of membership as a BLET Auxiliary Associate Member.
Great News! As of January 2017, the Auxiliary is now offering two $2500 scholarships annually that are fully funded by Locomotive Engineers and Conductors Mutual Protective Association (LECMPA). In order to qualify for these LECMPA-funded scholarships, the applicant’s parent who is a BLET member must also be a member of LECMPA for no less than one year. The LECMPA-funded scholarships will be awarded to the two applicants who score the highest amongst those who qualify (by having one parent who is an Auxiliary member for at least one year, and one parent who is a BLET member and LECMPA member for at least one year). If an applicant meets the eligibility requirements for the LECMPA-funded scholarships but is not selected for one of the two $2500 scholarships, he/she will still be eligible for a $1000 scholarship.
All applicants must be accepted by or enrolled at an accredited university, college, trade school, or institution of higher learning. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic record, leadership, character, and personal achievement. To continue to be eligible for a scholarship beyond the first quarter/semester, the recipient must maintain a satisfactory academic status.