Saia announces 12 scholarship recipients

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Saia Inc. has announced the recipients of 12 higher education scholarships totaling $18,000 in the fourth annual Saia Scholarship Award program. Scholarships were awarded to employees of Saia or their dependents.

“This scholarship program is a Saia initiative that was designed to reinforce the importance of education, and to benefit our employees and their dependents,” says Rick O’Dell, president of Duluth, Ga.-based Saia. “The response we received for this program for the fourth straight year highlights the desire of students to build a solid future based on a strong educational foundation. Each year, we have seen an increase in the response from applicants and the interest level from employees and their families.”

Applicants were evaluated based on academic achievement, quality of essays, community service, leadership ability, communication skills and recommendation letters. Scholarships were awarded based on achievement in one or more of three areas: academic merit, community service and/or innovation.

The six $2,000 scholarship recipients are:

  • Eric Copes, Wichita city driver, who will study business management and continue his career in the transportation industry;
  • Jeffery Hutchins, son of Johnny Hutchins, Dallas linehaul driver, who is a student at the University of North Texas;
  • Leah Layman, daughter of Charles David Layman, Tampa line driver, who is a student at Florida State University and was a 2003, 2004 and 2005 scholarship recipient;
  • Anita Lovato, daughter of David Lovato, Fresno linehaul driver, who is a student at Merced College and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps;
  • Shane Prejean, son of Mona Prejean, employee at Saia’s Houma, La., general office, who is a student at Nicholls State University and was a 2005 scholarship recipient; and
  • Madison Schindler, daughter of William Schindler, Memphis linehaul driver, who is a student at Baptist College of Health Sciences.
  • The six $1,000 scholarship recipients are:

  • Mandi Dillingham, daughter of Donald Dillingham, Oklahoma City line driver, who is a student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center;
  • Mallory Flemon, daughter of Mike Flemon, Jonesboro, Ark., city driver, who is a student at Arkansas State University;
  • Jennifer Floyd, daughter of Don Floyd, an employee at the Saia Atlanta corporate office, who is a student at Emory University;
  • Joshua Shanks, Springfield, Mo., dock employee, who will study business management;
  • Lacy Strom, son of Michael F. Strom, Florence city driver, who is a student at the University of South Carolina and a 2005 scholarship recipient; and
  • Christopher Stump, son of Thomas Stump, Roanoke city driver, who is a student at the University of Kentucky and a 2005 scholarship recipient.
  • “The applicants the committee evaluated were excellent,” says O’Dell, “showing that these very deserving students are high academic achievers, very well respected in their communities, and are highly recommended by their associates, teachers and community leaders. We are proud to be directly involved in laying the groundwork for our next generation of leaders.”

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