TMC creates scholarship for Ohio university

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The University of Northwestern Ohio, in cooperation with the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations and its Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC), has created a scholarship for students pursuing a degree in the truck equipment and maintenance field.

The tuition-only scholarship at the Lima, Ohio university is provided for students working toward a degree in auto diesel technology or a bachelor degree in specialized studies, with a minor in automotive aftermarket management. The scholarship applicant must be a TMC family member or sponsored by a TMC member.

UNOH started the first automotive and diesel program in Ohio in 1973. Since 1989, UNOH has graduated 2,969 students with diesel technology related degrees, including: 931 automotive/diesel; 1,342 diesel, 868 automotive/diesel associates; and 696 diesel associate degrees.

UNOH has about 3,600 students enrolled in its College of Technology and College of Business. Out of this total, 1,543 students are enrolled in the Auto/Diesel Technology program and 95 students are enrolled in the Specialized Studies program.

“This scholarship has been created to provide opportunity for future technicians and equipment managers within the trucking industry,” said Lee Long, PTDC chairman. “UNOH is a well-respected school for diesel technicians entering the trucking industry.”

This is the second school to offer a scholarship in conjunction with TMC and the PTDC since the committee’s founding three years ago. Wyo-Tech has been a charter donor of technician scholarships, providing two scholarships yearly for its Blairsville, Pa., and Laramie, Wyo., campuses. Both schools are active participants in PTDC and have provided the scholarships to promote interest in the truck maintenance field.

TMC features a diverse membership of equipment managers, service-dealers, owner-operators, technicians, industry suppliers and manufacturers, educators, academia and others that support the trucking industry. TMC member fleets represent the broad range of industry vocations, including truckload, less-than-truckload, municipal, private, on/off-highway, construction and other operations.