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Bittersweet Opening for TCA’s 2014-15 Scholarship Program

Students now have the opportunity to win a Past Chairmen’s Fund scholarship named in memory of John Kaburick

Alexandria, Virginia:

From May 12 through 5:00 p.m. ET on June 20, 2014, the Scholarship Fund of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) will accept student applications for the 2014-15 school year. It will be a bittersweet time for the close-knit organization, which had recently announced plans to raise funds to form one scholarship in the name of each of its 82 former chairmen. The first of those scholarships was recently endowed – which is good news for the students – but TCA’s membership has expressed sadness that it came as a result of the unexpected death of John Kaburick, president and owner of Earl L. Henderson Trucking Co., of Salem, Illinois, and chairman of TCA from 2010-11.

“When we voted to create a Past Chairmen’s Fund at our Annual Convention in March, no one could foresee that we’d shortly be losing such a pillar of the trucking community,” said Chris Burruss, TCA’s president. “Once the members learned of John’s passing, an overwhelming number of donations came in from people who knew and loved him – enough to fully endow the scholarship in his name. That speaks volumes about the impact John had on our association and its people.”

The idea of naming one scholarship after each of TCA’s past chairmen originated from Mark Kessler, senior vice president of PeopleNet of Minnetonka, Minnesota. Kessler had visited TCA’s headquarters, where he saw old photographs of the association’s former leaders. He then attended TCA’s 2013 Annual Convention, the theme of which celebrated the 75th anniversary of the organization, and watched a historical slideshow about the people who had led the group over the years.

“I realized that these guys brought us through so much – from regulation in 1936, to deregulation in 1980, to the complex lobbying efforts and technical issues that we face today in our industry,” said Kessler. “I thought it was only right that we honor these hard-working individuals with a lasting tribute – a scholarship in each of their names.”

When the Past Chairmen’s Fund was launched, Josh Kaburick, John’s son and the current chairmen of the TCA Scholarship Fund, made a donation in his father’s name, taking the first step toward the founding of the Past Chairman John Kaburick Scholarship. Shortly after John’s passing, TCA members were encouraged to honor John by making donations in his name to the new program. Over the next six days, $41,350 was raised, taking the grand total above the $50,000 needed to fully endow the scholarship.

“Words can’t begin to express my and my family’s heartfelt thoughts and appreciation for this,” said Josh Kaburick. “This industry is the greatest thing that has ever happened to my family. My father loved trucking and TCA more than one could ever imagine.”

TCA has been offering scholarships through its Scholarship Fund since 1973. To be considered, interested students must be 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. Other criteria include a minimum grade point average of 3.0, financial need, scholastic achievement, and demonstration of high character. All scholarships are awarded without regard to sex, race, color, national origin, or religion.

The first Past Chairman John Kaburick Scholarship winner will be named by July 31, 2014, along with all of the other 2014-15 scholarship winners. For more information, or to fill out the online application, visit You can also follow TCA and the scholarship program on Facebook——and Twitter—

Those interested in making a donation in the name of one of TCA’s past chairmen should visit