J.H. "Buddy" Raspberry Scholarship 2024-2025 Application Portal
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The J.H. “Buddy” Raspberry Scholarship Fund awards over 30 scholarships each year in all courses of study including trade and vocational training. Scholarship recipients are selected based upon their prior academic performance, performance on tests designed to measure ability and aptitude for higher education, recommendations from instructors or other individuals of no relation, and essays drawn from personal experiences.

The Raspberry Scholarship Fund also awards one financial aid scholarship to aid students who have proven economic disadvantages.

This year, the application is available through this online portal. Create an account to begin your application process.

“Eligible Persons” are (1) Employees, children of Employees, spouses of Employees, or grandchildren of Employees, and (2) meet the minimum standards for admission to a post-secondary educational institution. An Eligible Person will be in the group of potential Fund scholarship grantees without regard to the position or duties of the Employee.

An “Employee” is defined in the Fund as every active, retired, or deceased individual who has worked an average of at least 1,000 hours per year in the West Gulf region of the United States during the last three years of active employment for an Employer. An “Employer” is defined in the Fund as a regular or affiliate member of the West Gulf Maritime Association that employs I.L.A. labor pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement, the Port of Houston Authority, or the South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District, International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO or any of its local union affiliates that provide labor to a regular or affiliate member of the West Gulf Maritime Association that employs I.L.A. labor pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement.

In the event you are awarded an academic scholarship, the amount of the award for the 2024-2025 academic year ranges from $5,000 to $9,000 ($17,000 for financial assistance) and is dependent upon qualifying score. The scholarship amount may be applied to tuition, institutional fees, books, and supplies (if applicable) only. The scholarship recipient is responsible for notifying the J. H. “Buddy” Raspberry Scholarship Fund of their tuition and fee bill. The J. H. “Buddy” Raspberry Scholarship Fund will pay half of the award after receipt of the first semester tuition and fee bill. The remainder of the award is given after receipt of the recipient’s first semester grades and second semester tuition and fee bill. Payment is sent directly to the scholarship recipient.