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Meet The Scholarship Recipients

The 2017-18 scholarship winners are below. Congratulations, applicants! 


2016 Scholarship Winners

NAIT Scholarship Winner

$6,250

Blake Alan Quinn
Prime Inc.
Springfield, Missouri

Meet Blake

Blake Quinn

$6,250 NAIT Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc.

Springfield, Missouri

 

Growing up, the trucking industry was very significant and influential in my family life. My dad started working for Prime Inc. before I was born, and both of my grandparents were ardent truck drivers. As a kid, I distinctly remember going to visit my grandparents; my grandpa always let my sister and I explore the truck cabin and pretend we were truck drivers. My dad has always had a passion for the trucking industry, which especially showed to have an impact on my family. My dad would bring me to work with him to meet all of his coworkers, and let me sit in an empty desk to draw pictures for truck drivers. Occasionally, my dad also would invite a truck driver over for dinner for my family to meet. I always loved hearing the stories of their adventures across the country. After I turned seventeen, I got a summer job at Prime's truck and tire terminal. The job really helped me further develop character and work ethic, and it gave me a whole new feeling for the trucking industry. I was able to develop a deep respect for the industry and appreciation for all the hard work necessary in all departments for the industry to function smoothly. The trucking industry has shaped my family life in many ways, and has immensely helped in making me who I am today. Before writing this, I did not realize how huge of a role the trucking industry has played in my family life so far. The living my family makes, close family friends, and several family traditions all would not exist without the trucking industry, and for this my family and I are truly blessed.

 

Past Chairmen's: John Kaburick Winner

$4,500

Jesse Alan Longtin
Hoekstra Transportation LLC
Kankakee, Illinois

Meet Jesse

Jesse Longtin

$4,500 Past Chairmen's: John Kaburick Winner

Hoekstra Transportation LLC

Kankakee, Illinois

 

Honestly, I never thought of truck drivers except in passing one on many car rides to baseball or hockey games and practices. I'd throw my arm up; yanking excitedly in hopes that one of those big guys might blow his loud horn for me. I probably thought of a big belly in overalls, disheveled face and hair, driving that big rig down the road, food in hand with no care in the world. However, since my mom started working at Hoekstra Transportation, I have learned that these images are not true. Have you ever thought about the hours that it takes to maintain and keep a truck on the road? I'm sure there are plenty of unkempt truckers. However, I have now also seen plenty of truck drivers who take care of not only their trucks, but of themselves. In addition, many truck drivers have taken college courses and may have college degrees. Besides their physical appearances, truck drivers must be able to make important decisions daily. Each one has to have special knowledge to know how to handle, secure and transport specific types of freight. Many also have special license endorsements, criminal background checks, special training and advanced knowledge to handle certain types of freight. Additionally, they have to have at least some proficiency with electronic devices and know how to handle various types of paperwork and forms to perform their jobs to meet company, and government, rules and regulations. I also learned there are different types of truck drivers: some drive over-the-road (away from home for one or more nights at a time); local/regional (come home every night, or at least most). I also have realized that although drivers are careless in their cars, it would be much harder to navigate these people while driving a huge truck instead of my small car. Besides the rudeness of motorists, you have to deal with communities that do not want to share their streets and roads with you. You sometimes have to deal with shippers and receivers who are in a hurry for you to arrive at their docks only to make you wait for extended periods of time to either get loaded or unloaded. In addition, you have to be able to deal with various types of weather (including snow and ice). Most people really do not think about it, but almost everything that we will use today was at one time or another on a truck. To me, this shows the importance of the trucking industry and the truck driver to modern life. With all of this being said, trucking is more than a job. It is a lifestyle. Next time that you see a truck driver on the road, please give them the room that he or she needs to safely drive. They want to get home to their family and friends just like you do.

 

Darrel Clark Wilson III Winner

$3,250

Chase Michael Beals
Brown Trucking Company
Grayson, Georgia

Meet Chase

Chase Beals

$3,250 Darrel Clark Wilson III Winner

Brown Trucking Company

Grayson, Georgia

 

The trucking industry changed my life exponentially as I was growing up. I was about 12 years old when the housing bubble burst and both of my parents were in real estate. We lost our house and sense of financial security without any warning, and it was terrifying. Luckily, my Father stepped up to the plate and decided to obtain his trucking license and took out a loan for his own tractor trailer. It took many months for him to finally get comfortable with the industry, however, my Father eventually found work for Brown Trucking Company. This company allowed him to work the hours he wanted and do local loads so he could be home as much as possible to see his family. This meant a lot to my two sisters and I because we were used to seeing him everyday at his old job, therefore at our age and situation, it felt good to retain some sense of continuity. Without my father’s career in the trucking industry I honestly have no idea where my family and I would be. My father’s job allowed me to stay in the same school district with my friends and teachers that I grew up with, and I am extremely thankful for that. I’m extremely grateful as well that my Father’s job has left him happy to be on and off the road, something I didn’t believe would be a possibility when he began his trucking career. The truck industry has been the primary source of income for my family and I for many years now, and while I know my father didn’t expect to working in it, I know that he is happy he entered the field and can provide for those around him.

 

Kai Norris Scholarship Winner

$3,250

Jacob Allen Deere
Swift Transportation Co.
Peoria, Arizona

Meet Jacob

Jacob Deere

$3,250 Kai Norris Scholarship Winner

Swift Transportation Co.

Peoria, Arizona

 

Without the trucking industry, I would not be where I am today. My father has worked tirelessly in the trucking business for the last 30 years of his life and his hard work and dedication has provided my family with an amazing life. Through his years in the industry, he has taught me lessons about work ethic and the importance of leadership in the working world. The trucking industry is a very challenging and dynamic industry that requires working nights, weekends and even holidays. This strong commitment required is not for the faint of heart as there are many daily challenges in transportation. I have seen how far a strong work ethic goes towards achieving goals and how my father works towards continuous improvement with both internal and external customers. My fathers work ethic has inspired me to work hard, set high goals and not fall prey to the potential millennial mindset. Through my father’s tenure in the trucking industry, he has preached the importance of being a good leader and creating strong working relationships with his fellow team members. I have put this same effort to work, by not only being a leader in the classroom, but on the football field and in my community as well. I plan on attending Arizona State University and majoring in Business Data Analytics in hope of one day becoming a business analyst and helping a company best use its resources to increase productivity. Thanks to my father, I have been able to see how important that data mining is to continuous improvement of all facets of trucking. I have also learned that the trucking industry is an increasingly sophisticated industry and that data analysis has become a critical and integral management tool.

 

Thomas Welby Scholarship Winner

$3,250

Tanner William Hayes
Roehl Transport Inc.
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Meet Tanner

Tanner Hayes

$3,250 Thomas Welby Scholarship Winner

Roehl Transport Inc.

La Crosse, Wisconsin

 

My father, Charles Hayes, has worked in the trucking industry for the duration of my life. He worked for 16 years at Prince Corporation working as a truck driver and has for the last 16 years worked at Roehl Transport as a truck driver manager. This being said, anything that I have ever learned from my dad regarding working has been as a result of his service in the trucking industry. Specifically my dad’s career in the trucking industry has made me realize the importance of hard work and perseverance. I remember when I was young the sacrifices he made for our family working as a truck driver during nights. When we as a family were going to bed he was going to work. At the same time when I was home during the day it seemed he was up as well. I wonder where he found the time to catch up on sleep. I learned from these first experiences the importance of sacrifices made in order to complete one’s job and further provide for one’s family. Once I was older and he had began working at Roehl Transport I had learned more regarding the sacrifices made in order to complete a person’s job. At Roehl my dad was responsible for managing and distributing truck drivers from one location to another in order to get items shipped timely and accordingly. This many times included him working more than his 50 hour week average including Saturdays and Sundays coupled with meetings after work and phone calls while at home. My dad essentially was always prepared for what might be needed from him from his job. My father’s continual dedication and perseverance to his career has made me appreciate every opportunity and life experience presented to me.

 

Stoney Reese Stubbs Winner

$3,250

Dylan Ray Tungate
Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.
Loretto, Kentucky

Meet Dylan

Dylan Tungate

$3,250 Stoney Reese Stubbs Winner

Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.

Loretto, Kentucky

 

For the past 18+ years, I can tell you the exact time I’ve heard our back door close every morning as my dad has left to go to his job at Hendrickson. His devotion and strong work ethic has never stopped, and as a father of three kids, these important skills have rubbed off on all of his children thanks to his job at Hendrickson. Because of the example he’s set over many years, I’ve had a great jump start on my career field by working at our Board of Education, where I started out as an assistant and have been promoted and given more responsibility over the years. Without the time management and critical thinking skills, and give it all you can attitude that my dad has taught me, I wouldn’t have been as successful as I have during my first two years of college. As the oldest sibling, I have enjoyed watching my brother and sister do their very best with their schoolwork and having the self-motivation to always do better. The skills that my dad has taught my siblings and myself will ensure that we are successful throughout our lives, and I have Hendrickson and my dad to thank for that.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Kirsten Ann Alsup
Hogan Transportation & Logistics
Warrensburg, Missouri

Meet Kirsten

Kirsten Alsup

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Hogan Transportation & Logistics

Warrensburg, Missouri

 

My mom does not drive the trucks but she is responsible for employing reliable people to drive the truck. I have Crohn’s disease and my medication is a specialty medication therefore it must come through the mail. It is a time sensitive process so ensuring my pharmacy has enough medication and being able to get it as quickly as possible is the number one goal. Trucking allows this to happen by ensuring the pharmacy is well stocked and receives there supplies quickly. Without trucking, I am not sure how I would be able to get my medication and therefore I am not sure how I would be able to stay healthy while going to school and working. Trucking also has affected my life by living in a small town. I go to school in a small town of Warrensburg. There is not very many stores to get supplies or other related college items. Trucking allows the stores we do have to stay well stocked and be able to provide for the whole town. Within the trucking industry providing constant supplies to our stores, I would have to drive an hour every time I needed a binder or shampoo. Trucking also ensures I get my textbooks at a good price and at the right time. Textbooks are one of the most expense college required item. Trucking allows me to buy a book from a student in Florida for half the price and be able to get it within days. Trucking has a lot of different effects on my family and I and I think many do not know the importance of the industry.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Megan Lanae Auman
Prime Inc.
Republic, Missouri

Meet Megan

Megan Auman

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc.

Republic, Missouri

 

I have been around the trucking industry ever since the age of 8 months old, That's when My dad got a job with Prime Inc and it changed our lives forever. My dads career in the trucking industry has given my family tremendous stability and allowed us to experience things that other people never get the chance to. One of the biggest influences the trucking industry has had on my family is that it allowed my mom to stay home with my twin sister and I while we were growing up. We were very lucky to be able to do that and that is something I will always be thankful for.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Michelle Antoninette Baker
Wil-Trans
Southfield, Michigan

Meet Michelle

Michelle Baker

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Wil-Trans

Southfield, Michigan

 

Ever since I could remember my father has been a truck driver. He has been in the trucking industry way before I was thought of. Now that I am older I get to see firsthand how much being a truck driver means to him and my family. My father being a truck driver is hard sometimes but we manage with the distance. The trucking industry is all about perseverance and dedication. It’s something a truck driver must be ready for. All the driving, the distance, 50 states and the mere job description of various different loads. My dad being in the trucking industry has influenced my life by showing me that every day is different, no day is the same if you don’t make it that way. I have been influenced to pursue my dreams, one of my father’s dreams was to be able to pursue trucking and guess what? He definitely achieved that goal. It influenced me to go for what I want no matter what the obstacles are. With him in the trucking industry it has showed me to be determined and dedicated to everything I do. It has influenced my work ethic and showed me that I must work hard for success and nothing is ever handed to you on a silver platter. My family life is great, my dad being a truck driver doesn’t stop his role as a father. He knows how to be active even when he is in a different state. The distance doesn’t stop him from being the world’s best dad. My family life has been influenced in a great teaching ways and that we should always be supportive of one another.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Amanda Carol Bryan
Prime Inc.
Somerville, Tennessee

Meet Amanda

Amanda Bryan

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc.

Somerville, Tennessee

 

My stepfather's career in the trucking industry gave me an interest in pursuing a degree in civil engineering for the purpose of improving the roadway infrastructure. I am halfway done with my degree now and have already contributed to the improvement of the roadway infrastructure by interning with a transportation company. My stepfather's dedication and hard work in the trucking industry has allowed my family to live a comfortable life.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Audrey Nicole Collen
Interstate Distributor
Gig Harbor, Washington

Meet Audrey

Audrey Collen

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Interstate Distributor

Gig Harbor, Washington

 

Teens between the ages of sixteen and nineteen are four times more likely to get into a car accident than adults. There are numerous reasons why teens get into car accidents, but a common denominator is reckless driving. With my mom's experiences in the trucking industry, I am aware of the dangers that occur while performing unsafe driving habits around a semi-truck. I am able to empathize with truck drivers, and am mindful of safety precautions such as keeping a longer following distance, as well as giving ample space behind me when changing lanes in front of a large motor vehicle. Approximately 5,000 deaths of drivers and passengers in a passenger vehicle happen per year. Of those, 75% are caused not by the truck driver, but the driver of the passenger vehicle. It is important that not only new, but all drivers are aware of the precautions that need to be taken while traveling around large motor vehicles. Not only has this experience improved my own safety, but it has improved my friends safety, as I am sure to remind them of the potential dangers. Additionally, during my sophomore year I was the Public Relations Officer in my school's Student Governing Board. During this time, my mother had a position at work that showed similar tasks and challenges. When explaining new events or ideas that were happening, she would not only give me great advice, like always, but she would connect it to things that were happening at work. With my mom working in a positive environment with lots of room for reflection, I was able to relate my important growing experience to a professional environment to help me make mature and well-developed decisions that will be relevant to my encounters in college and my profession.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Makaela Katlyn DeBoer
DeBoer Transportation, Inc.
Arpin, Wisconsin

Meet Makaela

Makaela DeBoer

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

DeBoer Transportation, Inc.

Arpin, Wisconsin

 

Looking back to my childhood years, I can remember watching my father come home from work every day and I would wonder when it was going to be my chance to make a difference in this society. My family, owning a generational trucking company, has shown me what it takes to be a prominent entrepreneur in today’s society. As I continue my education to gain the knowledge of business and communication, I look back at my family’s impact in the trucking industry. My grandfather, being the first to start a small trucking business to haul cattle, later handed down the business to his four children to create a determined company hauling all over the United States. I watch my father bestow the leadership and problem solving skills needed to be a prominent business owner in today’s society. Although I watch him come home after long days in the office, I know he is aiming for a successful business. Without any doubt, the trucking industry has impacted my life with great enthusiasm. I have been surrounded with the trucking industry my whole life with all the small trucking businesses around my hometown. Not only do I respect my father and all the other owners, but also all the hardworking truckers around America. One of the things I learned from the trucking industry is in order to succeed, we must first believe that we can and I will be following this quote throughout the rest of my education.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Heather Kay Deckard
Prime Inc
Buffalo, Missouri

Meet Heather

Heather Deckard

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc

Buffalo, Missouri

 

My father’s work at Prime has given my family everything we have now because without the job he does, we would have no income for our family. Prime provides him enough vacation days to take family vacations, sick days and days off when one of his five children is ill. My father’s work does take a lot of his time and him being a mechanic for 25+ years has taken a toll on his body, but through it all he has chosen to stick with Prime due to the fact that they treat their employees so highly. Prime treats their employees so well that my father has encouraged my 18-year-old brother and my boyfriend to both works there. As for me personally, the trucking industry has given me a future. Without my father working for Prime all these years, he would have never been able to afford to send my mother, my 18-year-old brother and I to college. Now that I have completed 2 years at Ozark Technical Community College, I have transferred back to Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri to obtain my Bachelors degree in Business. I have 1.5 years left of schooling at Missouri State University before I will be applying for a job to follow in my father’s footsteps with Prime. I would like to work in the main office as an operations, management or marketing personnel. We wouldn’t have the food products, medications, building materials or farm machinery that we have without the trucking industry. By receiving this scholarship I will be able to finish college and lessen the financial burden of student loans on my family.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Samantha Lynn Doyle
Big G Express
Dandridge, Tennessee

Meet Samantha

Samantha Doyle

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Big G Express

Dandridge, Tennessee

 

My dad's career in the trucking industry has influenced my family's life in many ways. It has been the main provider for my family and supports us economically. It is because my dad got a job in a trucking company in Tennessee that we moved here from Ohio, which has drastically changed our way of life. It was really beneficial for our family to move to Tennessee because of the better schools and because of the greater focus there seems to be on faith here. I can’t imagine who I would be today or who my sister would be without either of these impacts on our life. We were both able to go to college at Carson Newman due to our academic success in high school and the programs they offered. Our whole family also started going to church after we moved to Tennessee, and my sister and I were able to experience being in the church’s youth group. My dad has really enjoyed working at Big G Express, and he tells us so many great stories about the experiences he has with the community of people who work there. It is one of the best places he has worked due to all the wonderful people. It is also because the trucking industry distributes food and goods that we have everything we need readily available and never have to worry if we will have access to something needed.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Christi Michelle Ellis
XPO Logistics formerly Con-Way Truckload
Sarcoxie, Missouri

Meet Christi

Christi Ellis

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

XPO Logistics formerly Con-Way Truckload

Sarcoxie, Missouri

 

I have to honestly say when I was younger I thought of all truck drivers as the old cliché stereotypical truck driver that drank, looked like a slob and had no family or responsibilities…didn’t care about anything. My mom working in the trucking industry the past 10 years has completely changed how I and my family view and appreciate drivers. I’ve had the honor of meeting some of the amazing drivers my mom has become friends with over the past 10 years that she’s been in the industry. I never realized the sacrifices drivers make. They miss the holidays, ball games and school programs that my family never misses. If they weren’t out there working so hard, we wouldn’t have the things we need to enjoy our life at home. I also realize how much some companies care. My mom’s company is a huge supporter of veterans. They hire a lot of veterans and current service members. They also participate in Wreaths Across America and The Wall That Heals. My Grandpa Charlie served through WWII and Korean War. My Grandpa Garry served in Vietnam. My dad served for four years (my brother and I were Air Force brats). Now my big brother is currently serving and is deployed. Needless to say our family has always been a huge supporter of military and veteran events, but, it means so much for mom to work for a company and in an industry that is so supportive of the military as well. A lot of my mom’s friends that drive are also veterans. Just hearing about the sacrifices they made when serving and now with being away from their children shows me how unselfish people are and it really makes you open your eyes and appreciate what they do.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Michael Angel Florian
Prime, Inc.
Rogers, Arkansas

Meet Michael

Michael Florian

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime, Inc.

Rogers, Arkansas

 

My dad was in the trucking industry for more than 15 years, and he would take me along with him to go see across nationwide. I have been inspire because of my dad to persuade in a business careers along in trucking industry.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Caleb James Gomez
John Christner Trucking
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Meet Caleb

Caleb Gomez

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

John Christner Trucking

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

 

My dad has worked in the trucking business for twenty years, and my grandfather has worked in the business for nearly fifty years. Both have had a huge influence on my life, and because they consistently work in an environment that values a strong work ethic and integrity, they have been able to pass those traits to me. I have also gained enormous respect for the drivers who do the behind-the-scenes work, ferrying goods all across the country to various supermarkets, restaurants, department stores, etc. After all, looking around my house, what was not transported here in some way by a truck?

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Evan Curtis Grant
Baylor Trucking
Mount Vernon, Ohio

Meet Evan

Evan Grant

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Baylor Trucking

Mount Vernon, Ohio

 

Having a trucker in the family has certainly changed my family’s lives. Before, we had been used to spending every day with each other. However, when my step-father decided to join the trucking industry, it began to change how our daily lives were back at home. We no longer saw each other every day. Many people often take for granted the time they have to spend with family members, and it is not until they are separated from their family, whether it be because the child moves out of the house, or because of family member’s career decisions such as this one, that they begin to realize how fortunate they really were. Now our family appreciates the time we have together, no matter how short it may be, because we all realize we may not always have time to spend together, but for now we do.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Emily Alisse Hansen
Prime Inc.
Alpena, Michigan

Meet Emily

Emily Hansen

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc.

Alpena, Michigan

 

How the trucking industry has influenced my family life is quite the paradox; while the trucking industry may have brought my dad much farther away, it also brought us closer. As the child of a trucker, my family dynamic is different than most. I never lived with my dad as he is always on the road, away at work to support me. As the saying goes however, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. Distance made me appreciate when he was around for special events like graduating high school, sports games, and dance recitals. Distance made me appreciate getting a special few weeks with him at his home every summer. Distance gave me opportunity for long phone conversations where perhaps some of our deepest father-daughter conversations happened throughout the years. While the trucking industry took my dad away from me physically, it created the family life I’ve always known; a relationship built on an appreciation for things most children take for granted. Having a trucker for a dad taught me sacrifice, hard work, dedication, grit, humbleness, modesty, and simplicity, but most importantly it taught me to appreciate every moment I get with my dad. Whether it was having the opportunity to spend a few weeks traveling the country with my dad in his semi as a child or just spending a few hours on the phone, I was always happy to be able to bond with my dad in whatever way we could.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Tyler Jason Hayzlett
Big G Express
Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

Meet Tyler

Tyler Hayzlett

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Big G Express

Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

 

My entire life I have been around the trucking industry. Ever since I can remember my mom has work in the trucking industry. She got up and went to work everyday. She doesn't have the most glamorous job at times but she does have a good job. My mother is the one who has always been there to support my family. Growing up my mom always taught me about hard work and persistence. She taught me how to always try my best and the best will come. Also she taught me about people and the values that most people hold. I fully believe these were lessons she got from her parents and from the trucking industry. My mom has always worked harder then anyone else I know just so that my family will not go without and that is why I strive to work hard and try to achieve the things that I believe in. The trucking industry is the place where she learned to work hard, and where she has gained so much experience that she has taught me. It is becuase of the trucking industry that I feel completely prepared for what life throws at me. I know that I will be an accomplished citizen, hard-working employee, and a great person because of what I have been raised on. I believe that I am equipped with the knowledge of how to succeed within our society. The trucking industry is one of the main reason I am who I am today. The trucking industry has influenced my family life in a way that I will always be grateful for.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Hughston Matthew Hodges
Hodges Trucking Company
Athens, Georgia

Meet Hughston

Hughston Hodges

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Hodges Trucking Company

Athens, Georgia

 

The trucking industry has played an integral role in the development of our family’s life. My father, mother, great uncles, and grandparents were all involved in the trucking industry from the technical side to driving. We are a family heavily invested in the trucking industry, and each of these individuals has played a role in shaping my character from teaching me safe and courteous driving skills to the value of hard work which are defining qualities of our family values. Working with my brother for our father has brought our family closer together as we explore options and overcome the obstacles in the trucking industry together. Through our time spent working together in the Trucking industry, my father has helped me build leadership skills and values that are applicable to all walks of life and are the cornerstone of a strong foundation for any family. My earliest childhood memory is of taking a trip with my father and mother in a semi-truck. The long hours spent on trips with my family has brought us closer together than most families. We have been blessed to have the ability to spend time working together as a family at a small family owned business. The trucking industry is the common thread between my extended and immediate families. While other families may not have much in common, our family lives on the trucking industry and the various opportunities and experiences to travel and work together that have brought us so close together. The trucking industry has played a defining role in my personal and professional development, but it has been more important to shaping our family life. While the trucking industry does not necessarily provide the traditional conception of family time, it has shaped ours to be stronger and closer than any other.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Hunter Bradford Hodges
Hodges Trucking Company
Hamilton, Georgia

Meet Hunter

Hunter Hodges

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Hodges Trucking Company

Hamilton, Georgia

 

The trucking industry has certainly shaped the environment of my family life. When my father and mother first married, my father was a truck driver. He was an independent carrier with his own truck. As the hard worker that he is, a common trait among truck drivers, he was on the road all the time, hauling loads left and right. The life of a truck driver is rarely spent at home. Knowing this, my parents decided that they did not want to be in this position once they started a family. So instead of driving his truck all the time, my father bought more trucks. He started his own trucking company, beginning his career as a business operator, putting his driving days behind him. One year later, my older brother was born. Running a trucking company entails a lot of work. There are days where he is in the office until late hours of the night, traveling- networking and consulting, or making long distance and short notice trips in the event of unexpected occurrences with trucks, loads, drivers, etc. All that can keep a man away from his family at times, but not as much as being a long-term truck driver. For that, I am very thankful for the opportunities my father acted upon in the trucking industry. Around turning 18, I began working for my father’s company in the safety department. I have learned so much about the industry and business operations in the past year and a half. Experience from my job and mentoring from my father will definitely benefit me in my future career as well as my personal values and family life.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Kristie Lynn Hoppe
Veriha Trucking
Greeley, Pennsylvania

Meet Kristie

Kristie Hoppe

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Veriha Trucking

Greeley, Pennsylvania

 

Before my father started his career at Veriha Trucking, my family went through a financially difficult time. We lost our home, and we had to live with various family members. Because of my father’s resilience, he went back to school to obtain his class A commercial driver’s license and all endorsements. Shortly after he finished the Smith and Solomon CDL Training Program, he applied to many trucking companies. He decided to work for Veriha because the company offered him the best opportunities. Because of my father’s job, we were able to save money to rent a small house that was perfect for our family size, where we are currently residing. Although it has been difficult for my father to be away from home, his career in the trucking industry has brought our family closer together. My younger brother has Asperger’s syndrome, and it can be hard to connect with him at times. He distanced himself from others, until my dad started his truck driving job. Veriha Trucking allows their employees to bring one family member with them while they are driving. Last summer, my brother traveled with my dad in his work truck. He was able to visit states that he had never been to before. My brother brought back souvenirs from every place he visited. He was the happiest he had been in awhile, and he started to socialize more. My father’s job allowed him and my brother to bond. Since starting his trucking career, my father has been happier, and better able to provide for our family. He is proud of his job, and more importantly, he loves what he does. Due to his career in the trucking industry, our family bond is stronger.

 

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$2,725

Erica Alexander Jackson
Knight Transportation
Carson, California

Meet Erica

Erica Jackson

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Knight Transportation

Carson, California

 

Having a father as a truck driver has had both positive and negative effects on my life. The greatest positive effect is watching my father work in a position about which he speaks passionately. My father loves truck driving. He says he enjoys the experiences having this job has afforded him. The time he spends alone in his truck, he feels, gives him time to think, meditate, and pray on past, present, and future events and issues in his life. He has told my brother and I that he does his best thinking on the “open road” because he says it is free from the daily distractions, routines, and incumbencies that other positions in the work force often fall prey. My father has enjoyed meeting people from across the country, sharing and hearing their stories. There are, of course, negative aspects to having a father being away from home so much because he is a truck driver. The most negative part of the job is the time we spend apart. Thanks to modern technology we are able to Facetime, text message, and talk on the phone during his breaks so it is like almost having him here. The interactions are certainly better than when my brother and I were younger. The time apart makes scheduling life events a challenge. My father missed my brother’s California State Championship Football game and my sorority presentation event. A positive from this negative is sharing and re-living the experience with him and seeing the joy on his face knowing that in spite of the time apart his children are being successful and accomplishing goals.

 

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$2,725

Courtney Nicole James
Don Hummer Trucking
Oxford, Iowa

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Courtney James

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Don Hummer Trucking

Oxford, Iowa

 

My father is a technician at Don Hummer Trucking and it seems ad if he works every single day. Usually this would be a bad thing, but he loves what he does. He truly cares about what he is doing and the job has made him a better person all around. He was a hard worker going into the job and has continued to grow with a great work ethic not only for his job but for his family as well. Him taking this job has made is possible for our family to build a house appropriate for the needs of our family. He has surprised me greatly in the accomplishment he has been able to show us. What my dad is able to bring home from this job to our family has made it possible for us to feel relaxed and we are able to be happy and do things we never thought we would. I am thankful for the great job my dad has been able to spend his days at and he has made me and my family proud.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Brooklyn Nicole Keys
Maverick Transportation
Bixby , Oklahoma

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Brooklyn Keys

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Maverick Transportation

Bixby , Oklahoma

 

Having a parent in the trucking industry has shaped my family’s life in a multitude of ways, but the most important transformation was our sense of togetherness. Before my step dad became a truck driver, if I had made plans to be gone all weekend, I would not have thought twice about it, but now that is the only time I see him so it is very important to me to be home on Friday, Saturday, Sunday night. He misses out on things during the week and I do not want him to miss out on anything when he can be there. The transformation in my family has made us stronger and more reliant on each other. My step dad has to rely on my mom to ensure that the bills are paid on time and to ensure we have all of our ducks in a row. My mom, sometimes working over 40 hours of overtime on top of her 40 hour week, has to rely on me to help her out around the house and with my younger sister, taking her where she needs to go and making sure she has everything she needs. I have to rely on my sister to make behave, take the dogs for their walk, and help out our mom around the house as well, because I too juggle 20 plus hour work weeks on top of high school and college classes. With my step dad leaving his previous job to work in transportation, my family has learned to rely on one another to keep going and we have learned the importance of our time together as a family because we do not get ample amounts of it and when we do it is far and few between.

 

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$2,725

Nicholas Peter Kolar
Dart Transit, Eagan, MN
Baraboo, Wisconsin

Meet Nicholas

Nicholas Kolar

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Dart Transit, Eagan, MN

Baraboo, Wisconsin

 

For most of my life, my family and I knew almost nothing about the trucking industry. This changed when my father's real estate business was severely affected by the economic crisis of 2008. My dad decided to work as a truck driver temporarily until market conditions improved. Seven years later, his real estate business is long gone, but he remains happily employed by Dart Transit Company of Eagan, Minnesota. In addition to the obvious financial aspects, his career helped me understand the vital importance of the trucking industry in our society. Our family lost a lot in the real estate collapse, but thanks to my father's trucking job, we were able to keep the important things: our house, our health insurance, and our family unity. It took less than two months from the time my dad enrolled at a driving school until he was driving over-the-road and bringing in enough money to cover our essential expenses. We have always felt grateful that he was able to quickly change to a truck driving career at such a desperate time in our Nation's history. I was soon surprised to realize that everything in our house had been transported at least one time by an eighteen-wheeler. All of our food, clothes, shelter, and consumer goods were hauled by trucks. The vast utility infrastructure that delivers electricity and natural gas could never have been created without moving massive quantities of pipeline and power-line material. In other words, our lives and lifestyle are completely dependent on truck drivers delivering goods to market. I would never have realized this this without my father's career in truck driving. As I pursue an education and career as an Electrical Engineer, my understanding of the importance of truck drivers like my dad will never be far from my mind.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Alexandra Kelly Kretsinger
American Central Transport
Kansas City, Missouri

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Alexandra Kretsinger

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

American Central Transport

Kansas City, Missouri

 

My father has worked with American Central Transport for over 25 years along side two of his brothers and his dad who have helped run the company as well. My dad started with changing the oil in trucks and eventually worked his way up to be the CIO. He showed that even though he is in a family business, hard work pays off. I have learned that loyalty and dedication is the key to be successful in any aspect of life. To be a part of something for so long and to be able to look back on how far someone has come is a huge accomplishment and is something that I will value as I go off to college and eventually seek out a job. When the economy took a fall, my dad and his family stuck with it and learned how to make sacrifices while making less money in order to continue with the company. When times get tough, loyalty is an important quality to have. By sticking with the same business, he was able to advance in the company and earn a higher title along with increased respect from others. These qualities that my dad has learned from trucking are seen at home too. His motivated personality has influenced my brother and I to work hard in order to get good grades in school and stay focused on our futures. Being closely connected with a truckline has also helped me appreciate just how important it is to have trucks carrying goods to different places for consumers. I have grown up knowing that without them, we would not have all the food and supplies that we do in such close proximity. Trucking is what makes my community function and is the reason it continues to run smoothly.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Dylan Joseph Lasher
Interstate Dist. Co.
Seatac, Washington

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Dylan Lasher

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Interstate Dist. Co.

Seatac, Washington

 

Having spent the entirety of my academic career in the classroom, my entire world had been constrained entirely to purely textbook introductions to the world. Once I started working at Interstate a little over a year ago, I was startled by how fast-paced and demanding life can be. My supervisor had been brought in after I began working here, and she has taught me hours of valuable lessons on responsibility and taking initiative to accomplish the workloads that need to be completed, which has never been introduced to me in a classroom. Because of this, I found the initiative to really take control of my status, refine my work ethic, and move in with my wife. I found a personal mission to complete my university career as efficiently as possible, with a refreshed insight on how I have to handle myself to function in the “real world”. I learn so much from so many brilliant people at my work, and being able to talk to drivers and hear their experiences, this job is precisely what I needed to continue my academic career.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Brian Harold LaValley
Prime Transportation Inc
Springfield, Massachusetts

Meet Brian

Brian LaValley

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Transportation Inc

Springfield, Massachusetts

 

After being layed-off from his job of 22 years in a hospital and divorced, i saw a very different person than the father i knew my whole life. He seemed almost hopeless and willing to give up. However, the moment he joined tractor trailer school, i saw a return to the man who raised me. It was exactly what was needed to get him out of his rut, and encouraged him to date and meet his now wife and my step mom. When her work as a teacher started leading nowhere, she too sought after the trucking life. I may see both of them less often, but when i do see them, they bring great stories and pictures from all over this country and i can tell that the trucking life style was made for them. They are both genuinely happy and enjoy being on the open road and the opportunities provided by Prime Inc.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Hannah Marie Linville
Wabash National Corporation
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Hannah Linville

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Wabash National Corporation

Indianapolis, Indiana

 

To say the trucking industry has merely influenced my life would be an understatement. My father has been involved in the commercial trucking industry his entire professional career, and as a result, I have matured watching him devote countless hours to his company and become an essential component of a successful corporation. Currently, my father is employed by Wabash National Corporation. His involvement in various professional capacities of this industry has allowed me a unique insight as to how the trucking industry impacts nearly every aspect of our lives as American citizens; other industries rely on trucking to distribute materials, products, etc. Ultimately, my father has provided me a first-hand understanding of the time and effort put into creating a reliable, commendable company. Witnessing my father manage various categories of the trucking industry (supply chain/project management, adherence to schedules, internal communication) has transferred directly into my own character. The trucking industry has taught me that managing time to meet crucial deadlines, communicating effectively, and understanding the necessity of individuals functioning as a unit are all necessary to meet consumer expectations. My father has led by example and taught me character traits I couldn’t learn in a classroom. Each day, I strive to emulate his behavior and work ethic in my own life. After completing a successful freshman year as a direct admit in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, I am confident that the skills my father has taught me through the trucking industry will not just stick with me, but continue to develop throughout my academic and professional career. To say the trucking industry has simply influenced my life would be an understatement; through my father, it has shaped my character, supported my livelihood, and provided me valuable insight into the industry that is the backbone of American business.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Carson Anne Needham
Super Service
St. Charles , Missouri

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Carson Needham

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Super Service

St. Charles , Missouri

 

Ever since I can remember my dad has been working in the transportation industry. From working a basic customer service job to becoming the VP of sales my dad has always been passionate about his field of work. I experienced the true excitement he had each week with the work he was doing. He always talked about how he was constantly meeting new people and each day was different than the day before. This spoke volume to me and sparked an interest to explore a career in the transportation industry myself. As a rising senior at Lindenwood University I knew I wanted to spend my summer gaining professional experience. As I was applying for internships in the St. Louis area, I came across a job with Hub Group. I met two representatives at a local career fair and felt like the company would be a great fit for me. After two rounds of interviews, I was chosen to be the Highway Operations Intern. Since being here, I have started to understand and appreciate the business that my dad is so passionate about. Some days are very frustrating dealing with problems such as carriers falling through and loosing margin on loads but at the end of the day I am so happy I have followed in my father’s footsteps. Each day truly is different than the day before. By working in the Highway Operations Department here at Hub Group I have furthered my experience in negotiating, communicating in a professional manor, and customer service. The transportation industry gave my dad an outlet to thrive in and I am excited to find where I fit in.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Brittany Marie Quinn
Prime Inc.
Springfield, Missouri

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Brittany Quinn

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc.

Springfield, Missouri

 

The trucking industry has been a huge part of my family life since before I was even born. In the early 90s, my grandpa began working for Shneider Transportation. After three years my grandmother joined him as his team driver. Together they delivered loads to every state in the country, and they both agree that their partnership as team drivers helped to strengthen their partnership in marriage. My grandma reminisces on the trips frequently as if they were fun adventures, not a job. I have many fond memories of my grandparents stopping in from long trips and allowing my brother and I to explore the cabin of their truck, eat their snacks, and climb into their bunkbeds; I always thought that the tiny living space was incredibly fascinating. I looked forward to seeing the massive truck pull into the driveway and getting lifted into it by my grandpa. My father works as a marketing and sales director, and loves his company and the trucking industry so dearly that there is no way my family could not have taken after him. On a daily basis we find ourselves watching the weather and our first thoughts are frequently of the drivers and how they will be affected by the conditions. The trucking industry has done a lot for me without me ever being directly involved: it has given me some of my favorite family memories, and it has even given me an extended family as I can say that our closest family friends are those who my father works with. Overall, the trucking industry has not only put a roof over our heads, but has made us aware of and compassionate towards an occupation that the great importance of is often overlooked; It has a made us a closer, more loving family.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Clarissa Rose Roberts
Paschall Truck Lines
Murray, Kentucky

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Clarissa Roberts

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Paschall Truck Lines

Murray, Kentucky

 

Working at Paschall Truck Lines has taught me several useful skills that I will use as I progress through my undergraduate degree and on into graduate school. Through working at Paschall Truck Lines, I have learned more effective time management skills as well as critical problem solving skills through working in dispatch. It has also opened my eyes to how difficult life can be on the road. Seeing these drivers who have been away from their homes and families for weeks, sometimes even months, at a time and are still friendly and motivated to work is encouraging. It has changed my perspective in many ways and has encouraged me to stop and think about what someone else is going through when they may be frustrated or upset about something. Working at Paschall Truck Lines has also taught me to be more independent and to look at a problem and all of its potential solutions carefully before proceeding or contacting a coworker for assistance. Overall, my experience at Paschall Truck Lines thus far has taught me many skills useful in both the professional world as well as in my education and personal life, and I think I will continue to learn from my employment there over the next few years.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Ashley Nichole Scarantino
Prime Inc.
Pittston, Pennsylvania

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Ashley Scarantino

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc.

Pittston, Pennsylvania

 

It is a long, lonely and windy road, but someone has to it. These men and women spend their lives transporting goods to help distribute supplies across the country. My mother has been working in the trucking industry for over 20 years. She works as a Safety Supervisor for Prime Inc., Pittston, PA. Over the course of years, I have heard many stories. She always tries to teach me something from every major accident. She constantly tells me to value family time because not everyone has that opportunity. No one is promised a tomorrow because tomorrow is never guaranteed. Many people are not aware of the lifestyle and daily duties the people in the trucking industry face. These individuals work 365 days a year. This industry is always meeting deadlines so others can have the products they need to survive. Most of the drivers are away from their families for weeks at a time and sometimes cannot get home for emergencies or special occasions. I am a child that has to spend many of the holidays without my mom because she has to work. I have learned to value family time when I could and not take things for granted. The trucking industry is a valuable part of our everyday lives. These people make sure products, supplies, etc. are delivered on time. They give up things in their lives to satisfy others. People do not realize how much these workers impact their lives. They help every family from supplying food for the table to the gas in their cars. Most of these employees and their families value every minute spent together. Next time you are celebrating a family event or holiday think about the people who are away from their loved ones and value your time together.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Parker Steven Scott
Fortune Transportation
Mankato, Minnesota

Meet Parker

Parker Scott

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Fortune Transportation

Mankato, Minnesota

 

My father started working for a small transportation company, Fortune Transportation, 10 years ago. 10 years ago I never would have guessed that the trucking industry would’ve made such an impact on my life. It has been more than just a job for my dad so he could provide for my family. I’ve been able to connect and meet new people and experience things that would not have been available to me without trucking. Fortune, and the trucking industry as a whole, has been like a second family to me. Something I’ve come to greatly appreciate about the trucking industry is how connected all of the companies are. Whether it is going down to an island in the Caribbean for a captive insurance meeting or going down to Iowa to duck hunt with some friends in the industry, I always feel like I’m in the company of good people that genuinely care about me. The trucking industry has helped me progress my personal career greatly. I started working at Fortune in middle school just mowing the lawn. I worked my way into the shop cleaning trucks and doing odd jobs in high school and now that I’m in college I’ve been working as a data analyst for Fortune, providing them with the information they need to make educated decisions. This summer I’ve been experiencing another side of trucking, the insurance side. I’m currently interning at Cottingham and Butler, one of the largest trucking insurance brokers in the nation. I’ve being enlightened about a whole different side of trucking and I’m loving every minute of it. I could have never guessed that trucking would have made such a big impact of my life and I’m excited to see how I progress in the industry and where it takes me.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Alexandra Catherine Shawgo
Roehl Transport
Pekin, Illinois

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Alexandra Shawgo

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Roehl Transport

Pekin, Illinois

 

My dad, Allen Shawgo, has been part of the trucking industry since he was a teenager. He first worked at a truck stop for a few years, but then decided to become a truck driver himself. This was before I was born, so I have never known him to do anything else for a living. He has been at the same company, Roehl Transport, for nearly twenty four years. Being only twenty myself, I have never even known him to be at a different company. The trucking industry has impacted me and my family life because of his involvement in it. I have seen how dedicated someone can be to their career, the toll trucking takes on a family, and how the trucking industry impacts the country. My dad is very dedicated to his job and has passed that on to me. I strive for excellence in any position I hold. My dad has always shown me the importance of doing what you love. This is one of the best parts about my dad being a truck driver. Unfortunately, I have seen the toll trucking can take on a family. My dad has missed countless games, field trips, a few birthdays, and holidays. It’s hard to get passed this, but I know he is doing what he loves. I have also seen the impact trucking has on the economy. Some years are better than others for truck drivers, but trucking companies keep the economy running. With anything, there are pros and cons, but the pros out-way the cons. All in all, trucking has impacted me and my family in a positive way.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Brooke Ashlee Smith
Sunco Carriers inc
Lakeland , Florida

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Brooke Smith

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Sunco Carriers inc

Lakeland , Florida

 

My Father’s career in the logistics side of the trucking business has had a great influence on my life. My Father is a huge role model in my life, and watching him work hard has set the example for me. Through my high school's career I have mirrored my work ethic after my father's. He has shown me that by taking education seriously and putting in the proper effort success will come out of it. I will be graduating in the top off my class with many honors. While focusing on achieving excellent grades my dad's career in the trucking industry has provided financial support to play and excel in multiple sports and participate in church programs. Because of my father's example I too want to be successful while positively impacting those around me. Continuing my education in Biotechnology will allow me to follow my dreams as well as have the same positive impact on others lives as I progress through school into a career.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Shayna Lynn Smith
Bestway Express
Evansville, Indiana

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Shayna Smith

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Bestway Express

Evansville, Indiana

 

My mother and father met while trucking, and a few years later I was born. Although my father continued out on the road my mother took a dispatch job in order to make more time for my sister and me. We moved to Vincennes, Indiana in 2004 and my mom began working for Bestway Express. I remember how she was always able to be at home with us when we were sick as kids, or we could come into the office on days we didn't have school or someone to watch us. The company picnics were always so fun and everyone at Bestway felt like family! Without the trucking industry I might not even be here and I know I wouldn't have had the same quality of life that I've been blessed with without it.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Bailey Lynn Snow
Crete Carrier Corporation
Lincoln, Nebraska

Meet Bailey

Bailey Snow

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Crete Carrier Corporation

Lincoln, Nebraska

 

The first sixteen years of my life my father worked hard all the time. He was a manager at a grocery store and was passionate about his job. This meant he put his full energy and time into it. He worked atleast 60 hour weeks. On top of this he then would come home and work on our family business. He easily worked fourteen to fifteen hour days. Somehow he still made time to walk me to school during his lunch breaks, attend every soccer game, and read a book to me every night before bed. I cherished all of this. But there were times he could not be around either. Grocery stores meant long hours at work. It was a 6am to 6 pm job, atleast five times a week. During Christmas time my family and I would barely see him. Until he worked at Crete Carrier my father had never been home for a Christmas Eve. My dad would come home exhausted and still continued to work. Once he began working at Crete Carrier he did not have to work as many hours. Which meant he was always home for dinner, he never missed a Christmas Eve, and he even got to be home on some Saturdays and every Sunday! My dad was a superman for so long that it was nice to see him finally find a job that made him happy. My dad is thoroughly enjoys going to work, which is both promising and inspiring for me. His work ethic and joy for work give me hope that I will one day find a career that I can also enjoy. So many people do not enjoy there job. But that is not the case for my father and that will not be the case for me.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Amanda Lee Solt
Cowan Systems, LLC
Smyrna, Georgia

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Amanda Solt

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Cowan Systems, LLC

Smyrna, Georgia

 

My dad's career in the trucking industry has influenced our family life in a big way. My dad has been driving for over twenty years, and has supported our family with his income for many years. My family’s life and other families’ lives have been influenced by the trucking industry in many ways. One way that it influences people's lives is that it inspires people to pursue careers that the industry will benefit from. With my civil engineering degree, I want to pursue a career in construction. Employees of the trucking industry must have sufficient work to do in order to make enough money to provide for their families. The construction industry can provide a lot of work for the trucking industry. Construction provides work for all types of truck operators such as concrete trucks, dump trucks, and tractor trailers that haul bridge beams. As the construction industry booms, it provides more work for truck drivers, and in turn, the truck drivers make enough money to provide for their families. I was influenced to pursue a career in the construction industry because it will help the trucking industry, and it will help the truck drivers support their families just like my dad supports ours.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Ren Leigh Stange
Diversified Transfer & Storage
Billings, Montana

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Ren Stange

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Diversified Transfer & Storage

Billings, Montana

 

Originally I moved to Montana because my brother and father worked for DTS here in Billings. I accepted a job offer working as a dispatcher here in the office, and after a long chain of life events I am now working for the I.T. department and am working towards actually completing my Computer Science degree. Working for a trucking company has opened my eyes to the true importance of the trucking industry in order to maintain America's life style. It also helps me to appreciate a lot of the luxuries in life that I take for granted. In the next year I will be applying for and pursuing an internship at a few different places, one of which is Qualcomm who current develop the satellite tracking system we use at DTS. It would be great to be able to use the skills I am learning to do something that benefits everyone in the U.S. I appreciate all the experience I have gained so far working for DTS.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Lauren Elizabeth Townley
CRST Malone, Inc.
Trussville, Alabama

Meet Lauren

Lauren Townley

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

CRST Malone, Inc.

Trussville, Alabama

 

The trucking industry has been a part of my life since I was born as my mother has worked for the same company for over thirty years. She has worked in the accounting area doing financial records, fuel tax, licensing and many aspects of the financial side of the industry. Through her ties with the industry I have learned about a lot of the regulations that truck drivers and independent contractors must deal with on a daily basis. I have witnessed the hard work and dedication of the people in the trucking industry. This example has helped me build my work ethic and study habits. I understand that just like the truck driver has to be on time for deliveries to keep customers happy; I must show up on time for classes and my part time job. I am pursuing a Civil Engineering degree through which I hope to gain knowledge and experience to help improve our nation’s highways and infrastructure. If I work on road construction projects after I graduate it will be important to keep in mind service regulations. Mainly because these limit the driver to only a certain amount of driving time before they must rest; I also hope to help regulate traffic and congestion to make their jobs just a little easier because travel time is vital for them. We need roads that are safe, ease of access, and ways that vehicles can take alternate routes when accidents occur. Traffic delays especially cost the trucking industry valuable time as driving time is a limited resource for those hauling the freight. Building better highways is one way I hope to contribute and give back to the country and the trucking industry that provides my family with financial resources that are helping me obtain my education. Thank you.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Meg Elizabeth Will
Celadon Group Inc.
Fishers, Indiana

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Meg Will

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Celadon Group Inc.

Fishers, Indiana

 

When I was a little girl I kept my eyes on the road, searching for shiny white semi trucks. My dad searched for these trucks too. He searched for them because he was proud of them, I just searched because I hoped to count enough to earn a toy. I never really understood why my dad was so fascinated by them when I was a little girl; but now that I’ve grown up I do. I don’t just understand his fascination, I share it with him. The trucking industry has supported my family since before I was born. If I am lucky, it will continue to support me. My internship experience in transportation, as well as supply chain finance, and my family’s personal interest in the industry, has fueled my fascination of trucking and and my desire to work in logistics. This scholarship has given me the opportunity to pursue a career in something that I love and has been a part of my life for so long. Without it, and without the influence the trucking industry had on me and my family, I would would not have had the opportunities I have had thus far to begin that career. Now I keep on my eyes on the road, and wonder where every truck is going. I wonder where it’s coming from, what’s inside, the cost of the load, and a hundred other things. I am so thankful for the support my family has had from the trucking industry all these years; but I am even more thankful that it has continued to support me and may continue to support me in the years to come.

 









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