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Teamsters Local 229 announce College Scholarship winners


JANUARY 2012 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Teamsters Local 229 announce College Scholarship winners


REGION, December 26th- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 229, North Main Avenue in Scranton, recently announced the winners of the 2011/2012 College Scholarship Program and for the first time a child of a member of the union was selected as a College Scholarship winner by the James R. Hoffa Scholarship Fund in Washington, DC.

Craig Pawlik, Secretary-Treasurer and Principal Officer of Local 229, stated he and the Executive Board of Teamsters Local 229 are proud to make the announcement of the three winners of the College Scholarship Program.

Local 229 represents IBT members in and around Scranton and Lackawanna and Monroe Counties of Northeastern Pennsylvania including; Topps Chewing Gum plant in Scranton, the United Parcel Service (UPS) facilities in Lackawanna County, New Penn Trucking employees, the Throop Department of Public Works (DPW) and the warehouse workers of Harper Collins Publishers.

Mr. Pawlik stated Katrina Good, daughter of Local 229 member Kevin Good was the recipient of the First Year Scholarship. Ms. Good is a freshman student attending Lock Haven University.

“Our Continuing Education Scholarship was awarded to Nicole Pollock,” said Mr. Pawlik.

Nicole has been enrolled at Wilkes University and is the daughter of IBT member Joseph Pollock.

For the first time in the history of Teamsters Union Local 229 a child of one of their members was selected as a College Scholarship Scholarship Fund. The scholarship, which is named after former Teamsters International General President James R. Hoffa, is a prestigious award opened to children and grandchildren of all IBT members throughout the United States and Canada.

One hundred scholarships are awarded under the program. Applicants compete in one of the five geographic regions where the Teamsters parent’s Local Union is located.

Thirty-one of the awards total $10,000 each. These four-year scholarships are disbursed at the rate of $2,500 per year and renewable annually.

Sixty-nine of the awards total $1,000 grants. These are disbursed to the college or university at the beginning of the recipient’s freshman year.

Eligibility requirements and application procedures are the same for all awards. Recipients are selected by an impartial committee of unversity admissions and financial aid directors based on academic and financial need.

Brittney Kulesza, daughter of IBT Local 229 member Joseph Kulesza was selected as one of the winners of this years program. Brittney is beginning her studies as a Freshman, attending the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Hoffa became a Teamsters member in 1934 and served as General President for 14 years and in recognition of his service to the IBT members was honored as General President Emeritus for life. In 1999 a resolution was passed by the IBT General Executive Board meeting to establish the new scholarship fund.

Mr. Hoffa’s son has recently won another term as General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

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