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TCA Awards College Scholarships
Funds will be especially helpful for students facing difficult economic times
The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is proud to announce that it will provide college scholarships to 15 deserving students for the 2009-10 school year.
“It’s tough out there right now, especially for students, who must come up with tuition payments even if their families have less money to support them,” said Bill Webb, chairman of TCA’s Scholarship Fund and operating partner with Fenway Partners of Irving, Texas. “TCA’s scholarships will go a long way toward helping some of trucking’s most talented stars continue their education. Hopefully, they can rise above the current economic conditions and obtain a degree in a field where their expertise can someday benefit the trucking industry.”
As per TCA’s requirements, each scholarship recipient is a college student attending an accredited four-year college or university, and is either the child, grandchild, or spouse of an employee, or an employee of a TCA member, or the child, grandchild, or spouse of an independent contractor or an independent contractor affiliated with a TCA member. In addition, each scholarship recipient has shown financial need, maintained full-time student status, and has demonstrated that he or she is an individual of high character and integrity.
The following students will receive TCA scholarships:
Katherine Hoekstra, St. Anne, Illinois
Hoekstra has been working for her family’s multi-generational trucking business since she was in elementary school. This fall, she will enroll as a freshman at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, where she plans to study business administration. She is eager to return to the family business after graduation.
William Besser, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota
Besser is in his third year at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he is double majoring in mechanical engineering and business. Influenced by his mother, who has worked for the trucking industry since before he was born, Besser hopes to work within the transportation or industrial machinery industry upon graduation.
Melissa Martin, Goldwaite, Texas
Martin’s husband is a truck driver for WVT of Texas, Inc. His job has provided financial security for their family of five children, and it provides the majority of funds for Martin to attend college. A senior, she is studying elementary education at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.
Elizabeth Brosious, Whitehall, Pennsylvania
Brosious’ father is a 30-year veteran of Mack Trucks, where he currently maintains parts levels for the OE Aftermarket Division. She is very proud of her father’s longevity with the trucking industry, which has been a significant part of the financial support for Brosious’ education. Brosious is double majoring in theater/speech and childhood education/special education at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York, where she will be a senior.
Matthew Ritter, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
Ritter’s father is a truck driver, and trucking has supported his family over the years. As a chemical engineering major with a minor in materials science, he hopes to someday work in the research and development department at a tire company, developing tires for a wide variety of applications, from trucking to racing. This fall, he will be a senior at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Joshua Freeland, Coopersville, Michigan
Freeland, a junior at Robinson Albion College in Albion, Michigan, is pursuing a degree in economics and marketing management. He proudly hails from a long line of truckers, starting with his grandfather, who got into the business after World War II. Freeland has worked for his father in various capacities since he was a small boy, from moving pallets and sweeping trailers to booking loads and dispatching drivers. He plans to work in the trucking industry upon graduation.
Nicholas Ferenchak, Catasauqua, Pennsylvania
Ferenchak’s experience with the trucking industry stems from a production line job at a Mack Trucks plant and his father’s employment at the same plant as a maintenance manager. He has learned much about the value of education and how it is vital to the position he hopes to have later in life. In the fall, Ferenchak will be a senior majoring in engineering studies and minoring in environmental science at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.
Dustin Tardiff, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Over the past seven years, Tardiff’s father has held various positions with several trucking companies, requiring the family to move to three different states. Although each relocation brought dramatic changes to Tardiff’s life, he has enjoyed the moves and the new opportunities that resulted from each one. In the fall, he will be a senior at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, where he will major in mechanical engineering and minor in mathematics. He will also receive a Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate.
Katie Watson, West Lafayette, Indiana
Watson will be a junior in the fall, studying elementary education with a concentration in reading. She will also complete a dual K-6 teaching and gifted education certification. She attends Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Exposed since birth to the trucking industry through her father’s employment at Schilli, she credits the industry for teaching her the value of hard work, dedication, and flexibility.
Christopher Nye, Superior, Wisconsin
Nye, who applied for TCA’s scholarship from his truck parked at a travel plaza, has been familiar with the trucking industry since childhood, when he would accompany his truck driving father once a year on a coast-to-coast trip. He has been working for Atlas Van Lines since high school, eventually obtaining both Class A and B licenses. A transportation and logistics major at the University of Wisconsin in Superior, Wisconsin, Nye will be a junior in the fall.
Amanda Hall, Carmel, Maine
Hall will be entering Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, as a freshman this fall. Her father is the chaplain at Pottle’s Transportation, where he works with drivers who have faced financial obstacles, health crises, marital stress, emotional duress, deaths in their families, and more. She plans to major in secondary education with a concentration in history.
Rebecca Udermann, Rosemount, Minnesota
Since childhood, Udermann has been exposed to the trucking industry through her father, who has held various trucking-related jobs over the years. But now that she plans to become a nurse, she finally realizes the significant tie between the trucking and healthcare industries: without trucks, no medications, equipment or supplies would get to the patients who desperately need them. In the fall, she will enter her senior year at The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota.
Amy Colm, Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
Colm, who began working for Jagtrux in 2007 as a data entry clerk and was later promoted to her current position of office administrator, handles human resources and accounts payable for this family-owned carrier. She has found more fulfillment and happiness working for the trucking industry than in any other job she has held in the past. As a rising junior at Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania, she is studying business administration with a concentration in accounting and plans to continue working for Jagtrux upon graduation.
Jillian Mitchell, Eldersburg, Maryland
This fall, Mitchell will be a sophomore studying pre-medicine/psychology at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. When she was in high school, both of her parents lost their jobs, and the family went through a rough financial time. Her father, who had always been interested in truck driving, used his unplanned job loss as an opportunity to get started as a driver for D.M. Bowman and has been very happy and financially secure ever since. After graduation, Mitchell plans to attend medical school and study to become a general practitioner.
Kathleen Kreis, Marengo, Iowa
Kreis attends Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, where she will be a junior this fall. She is studying middle level education and Lutheran teaching, with endorsements in language arts, social sciences, and English Language Learners (ELL). Her mother’s employment with Don Hummer Trucking has given Kreis a better understanding of the trucking industry and how it delivers all the goods that most people usually take for granted.
Applications for the 2010-11 scholarships will be due in June of 2010. For more details about TCA’s Scholarship Fund, please visit www.truckload.org/Scholarships.