Volvo Trucks to present three ‘Great Minds’ scholarships

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College education is a dream for many students and their parents. Volvo Trucks North America announced that it will help three students pay for that dream through its “Volvo Trucks Great Minds” scholarships. The one-year scholarships will be awarded to three deserving students whose parent or guardian drives a Volvo truck.

“Every parent knows the future lives through our children, especially in the trucking industry where so many businesses have strong family ties,” says Scott Kress, Volvo senior vice president of sales and marketing. “The current economic situation has many families struggling to find a way to pay college expenses. Our customers help provide Volvo’s future, so we want to help them secure their children’s future through higher education.”

Three Volvo Trucks Great Minds scholarships will be awarded to students who either already are in or will be entering college in fall 2009. One scholarship is for $20,000, the second is for $10,000, and the third is for $5,000. Volvo will submit payments to the scholarship recipients’ universities over a 12-month period, to be applied to tuition and fees set by the institution. Students will receive half of their payment for the 2009 fall semester and the remaining half for the 2010 spring semester.

Eligible students will be evaluated on the basis of their overall academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience and an essay on: “What has trucking meant to my family?” Applications must be submitted by March 27, 2009. Full details and application forms can be found at Results will be announced at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas in August 2009.