‘Volvo Trucks Great Minds’ scholarship recipients named

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Volvo Trucks North America announced the recipients of the first “Volvo Trucks Great Minds” scholarships. The one-year scholarships are given to three students entering or already enrolled in college, and whose parent or guardian drives or owns a Volvo truck. The scholarships are for $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000.

“The Great Minds scholarships are a way for Volvo Trucks to give back to our customers and show how much we appreciate their support,” says Scott Kress, Volvo senior vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s also a great way to reward achievement and hard work by the generation which will succeed us. Their future is our future, and the Volvo Trucks Great Minds scholarships will help secure that future for three families. On behalf of Volvo, I congratulate the three winning scholars.”

The scholarship recipients were chosen from more than 300 applicants:

  • Nathan Wittman of Columbus City, Iowa, who will receive a $20,000 scholarship, currently attends the University of Iowa. His father, David Wittman, drives a Volvo VNL770 as an owner-operator for Barr-Nunn Transportation.
  • Jennifer Kaiser of Milford, Iowa, will receive a $10,000 scholarship and will enter Drake University this fall. Her family’s agricultural operations rely heavily on trucks, including her father’s 1999 Volvo VN.
  • Gregory Herbert of Villa Park, Ill., who will receive a $5,000 scholarship, attends the Illinois Institute of Technology. His father, Rick Herbert, who drives Volvo VNM daycabs for YRC, was the American Trucking Associations’ 2005 National Truck Driving Grand Champion.
  • The students were evaluated on the basis of their overall academic performance, extracurricular activities, work experience and an essay on: “What has trucking meant to my family?” “It was extremely difficult to make our selection from so many excellent and deserving candidates,” Kress says. “Trucking has obviously been a strong and beneficial influence in their lives, and Volvo is proud to be associated with them.”