Updated On: Oct 30, 2023

The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund (JRHMSF) today announced that it has awarded $1.2 million in academic and vocational scholarships this year to the children of Teamster members throughout the U.S. and Canada. Click here to view the full press release.

Congratulations to all the 2023 scholarship recipients The James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded $1.2 million in academic and vocational scholarships this year to the children of Teamster members throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our recipients of the academic awards will be attending schools such as University of California, Boston University and University of Michigan to pursue college degrees.  Our winners of the Vocational/Training scholarships may be enrolling in welding, film making, aviation engineering, nursing and construction courses, among others. Click here for the list: JRHMSF_winners23 v2.pdf

Labor Talk Show Host Highlights JRHMSFJames P. Hoffa, Teamsters General President Emeritus, was recently interviewed by The Rick Smith Show - a nationally broadcast labor talk show.  View here: The Good Works of the James R. Hoffa Scholarship Fund - YouTube

New Applicants: The application process will reopen for applications at the end of November, 2023.  At that time, a link will be posted here.  JRHMSMF scholarship eligibility:  For the sons, daughters and financial dependents of Teamster members (including the BMWED, BLET, and TCRC). Academic scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university and Training/Vocational program awards of up to $2,000 for use at community colleges and trade schools. 

*The children or financial dependents of full-time local union officers or full-time staff of local unions are ineligible.

For general questions about the James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship Fund, please call 855-670-ISTS (4787) or  Email:   or

College Tuition Discount Network

*As a Teamster member, there is a college tuition discount program that is available to you and members of your family. The ISTS Tuition Discount Network (TDN) is a list of For-Profit and Non-Profit colleges and universities that offer reduced tuition. The amount of the reduction varies by school and can sometimes be as specific as major. Make sure you identify yourself as a Teamster when applying.

The link to the TDN is Click on the school's logo to view the discount. 

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. Please click here.

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.

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