Contributions to the Keegel Yates Teamsters Joint Council 32 Education Fund come from Local Unions, members and special endowments. The Fund is named in honor of retired IBT General Secretary-Treasurer and Joint Council 32 President C. Thomas Keegel and deceased Joint Council 32 President Harold J. Yates. Each of these men's dedication to children and education and their generosity helped to sustain the scholarship program. Teamsters Joint Council 32 believes that the Labor movement in America lies in the hands of our children, and we believe that education is the key to their future.
Keegel Yates Teamsters Joint Council 32 Education Fund Scholarship Awards for Graduating High School Seniors
Through collaborative efforts of the Joint Council 32 Executive Board and the Keegel Yates Teamsters Joint Council 32 Education Fund, eight $2,000 scholarships are offered annually to graduating high school seniors. All students who have maintained a “B” or better average throughout high school and who are the children of active or retired Teamsters are eligible to apply. Winners are drawn by lot, and the University of Minnesota Labor Education Department assists in verifying the winners’ qualifications.
Martin Duffy Adult Learner Scholarship Awards
The Keegel Yates Teamsters Joint Council 32 Education Fund also sponsors two $500 annual adult learner scholarships for Teamster members themselves. The adult learner scholarships honor Martin Duffy, a professor with the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service from 1960 through 1990. Professor Duffy was involved with labor union scholarship programs since the mid 1960s and with the Teamsters high school scholarships until his retirement.
The scholarship competition for both awards begins October 1 of each year, with an application deadline of April 30. Rules and qualifications for both of our scholarship awards can be found on their respective application forms.