Applications are being accepted for the NATSO Foundation’s 2010 Bill Moon Scholarship until April 16. The NATSO Foundation annually awards the Bill Moon Scholarship to deserving students with ties to the truckstop industry and whose academic qualifications and achievements are considered outstanding. Applications and complete requirements can be found at www.natsofoundation.org.
Scholarship applicants must be travel plaza or truckstop employees or their dependents. However, it is not necessary for applicants to be associated with a NATSO member travel plaza or truckstop. In 2009, eight students each received a $2,500 scholarship.
To complete the application process, scholarship candidates must submit an application, a 500-1,000 word essay describing a personal experience with an ethical dilemma, a letter of recommendation describing the applicant’s character traits and achievements, high school/college academic transcript and financial information.
All items must be submitted for the scholarship committee to review the application. Applications for The Bill Moon Scholarship are reviewed by an independent committee experienced in scholarship administration. Materials should be addressed to Heather Mooney, c/o Bill Moon Scholarship Committee, 60 Main St., Farmington, CT 06032.
The Bill Moon Scholarship was established in 1989 with a $5,000 contribution from the Mason-Dixon Truck Stop Operators Association. Today, it includes contributions from the Northeast Truckstop Operators Association and the Moon family. The NATSO Foundation began awarding scholarships to industry employees and their dependants in 1993. The scholarship is named in honor of Bill Moon, creator of Iowa 80. More than $250,000 in scholarships has been awarded since 1993.