Truckload Carriers Association awards scholarships

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The Truckload Carriers Association Scholarship Fund continued its long tradition of providing financial aid to truck drivers, their spouses, children, or grandchildren by awarding 18 college scholarships, amounting to $38,500, for the 2006-2007 academic year. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of need, academic excellence, major field of study and quality of an assigned essay.

Special consideration is given to those students studying in the field of transportation. “The scholarships will enable these students to have an important impact upon the trucking industry,” says Don Orr, scholarship fund chairman. “Through a tireless fund-raising effort and the continued support of the trucking community, we were once again able to award over $38,000 dollars to eighteen scholarship recipients.”

Recipients receiving memorial scholarships in honor of Thomas Welby and Kai Norris in the amount of $3,000:

  • Barry Wertz is the driver recruiter/safety supervisor for Kinard Trucking, and since childhood, he has had an interest in trucks. His career in the trucking industry has led him to finish his college degree, which he had given up completing 15 years ago, by recently enrolling at Elizabethtown College, where he is studying business administration.
  • Amanda Chambers is receiving a TCA scholarship for the second time. She is studying applied meteorology with a concentration in research at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and her mother is a senior billing clerk for Lawrence Transportation Systems. Her writing has improved, while working the past two summers as a marketing assistant at Lawrence Transportation Systems, which has helped in her studies.
  • Recipient of our Truck Writers of North America Scholarship of $2,500:

  • Mathew Curtis works at U.S. Xpress Enterprises in its direct operations department, and this experience has enabled him to learn the importance of the trucking industry. He is studying business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and hopes to continue working at a trucking company in a corporate position.
  • Recipients receiving $2,000 scholarships:

  • Russell Brown’s father works as a driver for Dart Transit, which has enabled him to provide for his family and taught his son the concept of unconditional love. Russell is studying sports marketing and management at Indiana University.
  • Todd Bulicek has gained invaluable insights about the trucking industry, through the stories his mother has told him, as she is the lead driver payroll specialist for CRST International. Todd is studying business at Kirkwood Community College, which has led him to want to learn more about the trucking industry.
  • Scarlette Burton’s mother works for Mercer Transportation in their department of credit collections, which has taught her the importance of a strong work ethic. Scarlette is studying political science at the University of Louisville.
  • Ashley Cooper’s father works as a dispatcher for Hall Bros. Transportation, which has enabled her family to become involved in the community. She is studying elementary education at Indiana State University so she can continue her involvement in the community as an educator.
  • Amanda Daigle’s father is the owner-operator of Daigle Transportation, which has taught her the concepts of strength and responsibility. Amanda is studying Spanish and secondary education at Merrimack College.
  • James Davis is receiving a TCA scholarship for the second time. He is studying business and sports management at Bowling Green State University. As a child, he attended safety meetings with his father, who works for Jet Express. James also has worked in the trucking industry as a part-time package handler for UPS, and hopes to use the logistics principles he’s learned from the trucking industry in the professional sports industry after graduation.
  • Bethany Donnillon’s mother works as a billing specialist for Dart Transit, which has enabled her to understand the importance of the trucking industry to the economy. She is studying business and Spanish at the University of St. Thomas, which could lead to a career in the trucking industry because of the expansion of trade.
  • Bryan McCulley’s father works as a terminal manager at Oliver Trucking, which has given him an insight into how the truck industry is involved in the economy. He is studying recreation and sports management at Indiana State University.
  • Lori Sherman works for Con-Way Truckload Services, which has encouraged her to learn something new every day. Lori is studying business management at the University of Phoenix and plans to enroll in an MBA program at some point.
  • Lauren Spiegel is studying visual communications design at Villa Julie College in Baltimore. Her father has spent his career as a truck driver for D.M. Bowman, and through this relationship, she has learned the importance of the trucking industry and how to be a strong and independent person.
  • Joshua Udermann’s father is the owner of Master’s Logistics and an active member of the TCA. His father’s business has enabled him to learn the social and economic impact of the trucking industry, along with his father’s interest in the various trade publications within the industry. This has led him to study journalism at Missouri State University.
  • Jenni Welder has worked in the past at Barr-Nunn Transportation, which is where she became interested in marketing. Jenni is studying business and advertising at Iowa State University and wants to work in a marketing department of a trucking company.
  • Christine Winchester’s family has worked in the trucking industry, which enabled them to save their farm. By working in the trucking industry, it led to a strong work ethic and a passion for education, which led her to study early childhood education at West Texas A&M University.
  • Jason Winteron’s entire family has worked in the trucking industry, which has taught him the importance of hard work and good communication skills. Jason is studying business management at Utah Valley State College and plans to work in the trucking industry.
  • Anne Woodall grew up listening to her father’s stories of when he drove trucks, and she works as a marketing representative at the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. She is studying business administration at Strayer University and plans to attend law school at some point.
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