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Meet The Scholarship Recipients

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


2017 Scholarship Winners

NAIT Scholarship Winner

$6,250

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

Meet Dylan

Dylan Tungate

$6,250 NAIT Scholarship Winner

Hendrickson USA, L.L.C.

Louisville, Kentucky

 

As a little kid, I remember my dad getting up early in the morning to go to his job at Hendrickson. To this day, he continues this same routine, which shows how devoted he is to his job and his family. By my dad working at Hendrickson, it has taught me how to be an exceptional student and employee, which includes always showing up on time, completing every task you start, and working together as a team, along with several other qualities. I’ve followed the example he set for me as I grew up, and it has paid off. Without learning these skills, I wouldn’t have expanded my horizons and taken my career to the next level, nor would I have the dedication and energy to both work and go to school full time. My younger sister and brother have also followed my dad’s example, as they do their very best on their school work and are always participating in after-school activities. Without watching my dad work at Hendrickson, I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today. I will continue to carry these skills throughout the rest of college, work, and my life, and I have Hendrickson and my dad to thank for that.

 

Past Chairmen's: John Kaburick Winner

$4,500

Bailey Lynn Snow
Crete Carrier
Lincoln, Nebraska

Meet Bailey

Bailey Snow

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

Crete Carrier

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.

 

Darrel Clark Wilson III Winner

$3,250

Amanda Carol Bryan
Landstar
Starkville, Mississippi

Meet Amanda

Amanda Bryan

$3,250 Darrel Clark Wilson III Winner

Landstar

Starkville, Mississippi

 

My Step-father has been working in the trucking industry for 27 years. In this time, he has experienced the best and the worst of roadway infrastructure in the United States. Hearing the stories of his journeys reminds me that he spends much of his time driving. Improving roadway infrastructure will better the work environment for drivers. My interest in improving roadway infrastructure is strong, for I am a senior studying Civil Engineering at Mississippi State University. I have already participated in the improvement of roadway infrastructure and plan to continue engineering roads and bridges. Knowing that I can improve the quality of his work motivates me because I have the opportunity to give back to the industry that has done so much for our family.

 

Stoney Reese Stubbs Winner

$3,250

Brady Lee Deckard
Prime Inc
Buffalo, Missouri

Meet Brady

Brady Deckard

$3,250 Stoney Reese Stubbs Winner

Prime Inc

Buffalo, Missouri

 

The trucking industry has been a large part of my life. My father has worked for Prime for over 20 years starting out as a trailer mechanic, moving to a reefer technician, and now overseeing the installation of APU’s on the fleet tractors. By working for Prime, it has allowed for our family to live comfortably and has allowed for my father to be able to spend more time with family. I have been able to see the growth of Prime as well as the trucking industry as a whole. When I turned 17, my father suggested I come work at Prime. Since that day, I have been working at Prime for 3 years now. My job at Prime originally started out as just that, a job, however it has become a career now. The main reason being the way Prime treats its employees. The environment closely resembles that of a family, which it has become for me. Prime has also allowed for me to experience many different aspects of the trucking industry. In doing so, I have been able to official decide on a major. I have also had the opportunity to grow more as an individual since I get to meet and work with all different kinds of people. By attending college, I have had the opportunity to tell people I meet about how great of a company Prime is and encourage them to get a job in the trucking industry once completing college.

 

Thomas Welby Scholarship Winner

$3,250

Cameron Leigh Dober
Great Dane Trailers
Savannah, Georgia

Meet Cameron

Cameron Dober

$3,250 Thomas Welby Scholarship Winner

Great Dane Trailers

Savannah, Georgia

 

As the daughter of a trailer company employee, I find it impossible to drive down the road without looking at trailers to see where they were manufactured. And I drive down the road a lot since I started college 2 ½ hours away when I was 15. In fact, the friends I have made while at college have texted me saying that they saw a Great Dane trailer on the highway and it made them think of me. Without my mom’s job, I would never have been able to attend that college or participate in this next opportunity at the Georgia Institute of Technology. We learned very quickly that Great Dane (and the other trailer companies) make our lives better – bringing lifesaving medicine, housing materials and other products to our homes and stores every day. With Amazon and products being delivered around the clock, the transportation industry is changing the world, one delivery at a time. My perspective of transportation and my appreciation for the industry grows daily. This is my second year interning for a company that depends on trucks and trailers to accomplish their goals. I have learned and grown so much. So, I am now, not only thankful for the transportation industry’s impact on my family but on my company as well. In August I will step onto the campus of Georgia Tech to study business administration. I want to follow in my mother’s footsteps – working in an industry that makes a real difference.

 

Kai Norris Scholarship Winner

$3,250

Blake Alan Quinn
Prime Inc
Springfield, Missouri

Meet Blake

Blake Quinn

$3,250 Kai Norris Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc

Springfield, Missouri

 

The trucking industry is something that has always been prevalent in my life, and continues to grow more so as I get older. My dad has been employed at Prime Inc. for 27 years now, and the company has blessed us more than we could ever imagine. Prime and the trucking industry have priveliged me personally in my life in several ways. I obtained my first job through Prime. I had just turned 16, and my buddy Zach and I both got jobs in the tire warehouse for the summer. Currently, I am working at Prime again for the summer—this time, in the Flatbed division. In my current job, I work scheduling delivery appointments for trucks when they’re 24 hours or so out from their destination point. I also help work the flatbed switchboard, transferring calls to sales coordinators and tracking shipments when needed. I think it has been an incredibly special experience being able to work both of these jobs. I have gotten to experience two very different areas in the trucking industry: one job actually working with physical components of trucks (well, tires and wheels at least), and the other job in an office (somewhat behind-the-scenes). Having done both, I am able to have a more profound respect and understanding for the people who work in both areas, and I feel as if I can relate to them more. Given the relationship I have been building with the trucking industry during the past few years, I believe it could be a good fit for me as I progress through college. After I graduate, I think there is a good chance that I will be trying to follow in my dad’s footsteps.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Chase Michael Beals
Brown Trucking Company
Grayson , Georgia

Meet Chase

Chase Beals

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Brown Trucking Company

Grayson , Georgia

 

In my past TCA application, I discussed how my entire family was devastatingly affected by the housing bubble burst back in 2008. My two sisters and myself were only in elementary and middle school when our house was foreclosed on and all of us were forced to make various changes to accommodate our new life. Luckily, my father made the life decision to delve into the trucking industry as a new career. This eventually allowed both my sisters and I to have fairly comfortable lives in the past as well as the present. However, something my Father did not anticipate when he first arrived home in his first used, smelly tractor trailer was how impactful his career would be on all of three of his children’s future. All three of us would watch in awe as he pulled the hood to his truck and revealed the engine, performing required maintenance to keep it running and food on our table. The sheer size of the machine sparked all of our interests for years to come. My oldest sister, for example, knows how to properly maintain her own car by changing its oil, rotating tires and other tasks, simply from watching our father do these on his truck. Moreover, my youngest sister and I would actually assist my father when he worked on his trucks, getting greasy and dirty all at the same time. These days spent working on his truck actually sparked my sister and I’s interest in engineering, my current Major, and more than likely hers as well when she begins to apply for colleges. My Dad’s career choice not only helped us all financially, but assisted all of us all in ways he never even intended, whether that means changing a flat tire or deciding our own career path.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Gary Michael Bogers
Pride Transport
Celebration , Florida

Meet Gary

Gary Bogers

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Pride Transport

Celebration , Florida

 

For fifteen years, my dad has been a transportation broker for Pride Transport. As one of the company's hardest working employees, the job has required him to travel all across the U.S. to meet with a wide array of customers. Through all of his hard work, he was finally able to work from home in order to maintain his busy traveling schedule. This allowed for him to meet more customers without the confines of an office holding him in. With this new opportunity my dad decided to take his family on the road with him, and it was a truly unforgettable experience. With each customer visit came a new town, and with it, a new group of people. Throughout our travels we came to know many amazing individuals who each had their own stories to share. My sisters and I got to experience American diversity firsthand and visited parts of the U.S. that have been passed over by so many people. I found through this experience more than just a renewed appreciation for this amazing country. I also found that through my dad's will and determination he was able to give himself and his family a life not lived by many other people. His strong work ethic and skillfull use of communication have inspired me to follow those same successful traits in life. I hope that by doing so I'll be able to give my kids the same life I was given, one filled with the same life changing experiences that I'll carry with me for the rest of my 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

 

My mother has been such an inspiration in my life. Every day, I strive to be a kind and caring person because of the example she has set. She lives her life daily with professionalism, patience, and care. Her career in the trucking industry has been a wonderful place for her to channel these qualities and has also provided an environment that challenges her to continue growing. I think it is very important for every person to work a job that has meaning to them, and to know that it feels good to work in a place that is positive, and also promotes self-reflection. The trucking industry has shown me that in action, and the positive effects it can have on an employee and their family. Because my mom works in a communications position, the skills she has learned, and the scenarios she has shared have given me insight into great communications skills. She has been in an environment that has allowed her to develop skills communicating with diverse groups. She has also learned to unpack and breakdown complex tasks. In the past, my roles as an officer in my school’s student government had some challenges. My mom was able to give first-hand advice because of her employment in the trucking industry. Public relations and communications have been areas we connect in, and have further improved our relationship. I haven’t decided what I want to do after I graduate college quite yet, but I have an interest Communication Arts, and a lot of the interest comes from the stories I hear my mom tell from her employment in the trucking industry. Not only does the trucking industry provide vehicles for freight, but the industry itself is a vehicle for personal growth.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Heather Lee Corbin
Celadon Trucking
Indianapolis, Indiana

Meet Heather

Heather Corbin

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Celadon Trucking

Indianapolis, Indiana

 

Transportation and logistics have been greatly influential throughout my entire life. Since I was born, my father has worked in the trucking industry. To help pay for college, he started working night shift on a loading dock for Zipp Express. Upon college graduation, he understood his true passion for trucking and made it his career which has now span for 27+ years with Celadon. My dad is a prominent role model in my life and I look up to his persistent work ethic and appreciation for the industry. I love visiting Celadon and meeting all of his coworkers and sharing stories. Those stories always revert back to a consistent theme he also preaches at home “we work for the drivers and the customers that pay our invoices”. Celadon understands the important role that drivers play in the success of their business; they created a wellness program in 2006 called “highway to health”. In 2011, Celadon opened their on-site healthcare facility welcoming admin and family members in addition to their driving fleet. I appreciate the opportunity to speak with drivers when I am at personal appointments. It truly reiterates how important driver health and safety are. I sincerely hope this initiative continues to grow nationwide. This touched me personally as I am pursuing a degree in healthcare as a PA (Physician Assistant). It’s a positive impact to society as a whole and I hope to be a part of it as I further my education. My dad always said, “Love what you do and make an impact on people’s lives”. I feel I can do just that as I move forward into my college and professional career.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Elizabeth Caroline Cox
Best Cartage, Inc.
Cheraw, South Carolina

Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth Cox

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Best Cartage, Inc.

Cheraw, South Carolina

 

As a child, I never could have imagined the tremendous impact the trucking industry would have on my life. Right out of college, my father began working as a dispatcher for Best Cartage, Inc. I can remember the long nights and early mornings he sacrificed to fulfill the demands of working for a trucking company. Although he did not physically drive a truck, my father and other dispatchers alike, ensured the company’s success by their helpful guidance and direction. As I grew older, my father’s hard work and dedication to the company was recognized as he was promoted from dispatcher to operations manager and eventually to president. Over the course of twenty-three years, I watched as he climbed the corporate ladder and finally achieved his goal of becoming president of Best Cartage, Inc. last year. Observing his success as a child, taught me that through perseverance and determination you can achieve anything. My father’s success has inspired me to work hard in every aspect of my life so I can achieve my goals. In addition, having a family member in the trucking industry has given me an inside look into one of the most important industries in the world. Trucking is vital to America’s economy because virtually all other industries rely on truck drivers to deliver their raw materials and ship out their finished products. Without the trucking industry, our country would quickly grind to a halt. By watching my father and visiting Best Cartage, Inc. I have realized that the trucking industry is the backbone of our country. Finally, the trucking industry has significantly impacted my life because it has shown me the importance of hard work and the necessity of the trucking industry to America’s prosperity.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Jacob Allen Deere
Swift Transportation Co.
Peoria, Arizona

Meet Jacob

Jacob Deere

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Swift Transportation Co.

Peoria, Arizona

 

As a kid growing up, I never really thought twice about passing a semi-truck on the road on the way to school or my various sport’s practices. I gave no thought as to who was driving it nor what was inside the trailer. To me it was just another faceless, random vehicle running down the road. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized how important the trucking industry is and how much impact it had on my life. My father has been working in the trucking industry for over the last 30 years. Not only has he been able to provide a good living for my family but he has also been able to teach me much about the role that trucking plays in our economy. It wasn’t until I grew up and saw the industry he worked in that I gained even more respect for his role. The trucking industry operates non-stop, 365 days a year. In good weather and bad, someone, somewhere is relying on you to do your job so that products are delivered on time and damage free. Seeing the struggles that my father goes through daily to make sure he is performing to the best of his ability has provided a great example of how important a solid work ethic is to the transportation business. Talent and education can only get you so far, but a relenting work ethic will reward you more than anything. My father’s tireless devotion to the trucking industry has inspired me to bring this same intensity in my pursuit of my business data analytics degree. Almost everything that I have learned from my father has been due to his time and experience in the trucking industry and I am forever grateful for the knowledge I have learned from his experience.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Cameron Michael Deiderich
Hogan Transports
Hilliard, Ohio

Meet Cameron

Cameron Deiderich

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Hogan Transports

Hilliard, Ohio

 

My dad has worked in the trucking industry as a driver manager since before I was born. The first company he worked for went out of business. After 21 years with the same company, he had to try to find a position that did not require uprooting our family. Luckily he was able to begin working for Hogan Transport, which allowed us to stay in our town and I learned the importance of persevering through adversity. My dad has always worked long hours and most weekends. This meant that he often had to miss soccer games and school events. However, he would always call to ask about the game and would watch video later. This let me know that, even though he could not be at the event, he was still with me in spirit. I began to realize from an early age, that the work schedule of the trucking industry is dictated by the customer's needs and isn't always the most convenient. This instilled in me that sacrifices must often be made in order to provide for our families. The lesson that I have learned will help me to focus on my studies even when I have to sacrifice doing other activities. I am thankful that the trucking industry has provided for our family and is giving me the opportunity to attend college and pursue my dreams. As I move on to college and then a future career, I will remember his hard work and sacrifices. Receiving this scholarship will help to reduce the amount of loans my family will have in order to send me to college.

 

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

 

Both my Dad and Grandfather have had a huge influence on my life. My dad has worked in the trucking business for twenty years, and my grandfather has worked in the business for fifty years. Both currently work at John Christner Trucking in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and every time I drive by a truck with a “JCT” logo on it, I am reminded about how much of an impact my family members’ jobs have on everyday life. As a product of three generations in the transportation business, I have been taught a strong work ethic and integrity, if from nothing more than observing how my father and grandfather conduct their lives. I have learned that even outside of my life, this industry has a profound impact on Oklahoma and the United States as a whole. Over the years, I have 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 or another by a truck? The knights of the road that get behind the wheel of a truck every day, making the sacrifice of being away from their family are what keeps industry moving forward. I am exceedingly grateful to my family for providing for me, but I am also grateful to the trucking industry for giving my father and his father before him a job that is not just a way to make money—it is a way of contributing to the entire nation by helping people receive the services and goods they need.

 

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 mom's career in the trucking industry has given my family and I the opportunity have the life we have today. Ever since she was 20 years old she has worked in the trucking industry. This industry gave my mom a chance to work hard and be successful. Throughout the years my mom has been through hardships with her career and life but has always persevered. Being able to watch my mom and learn from my mom has given me the foundation to be successful in my life and future career. I believe that my mom developed her work ethic and desire to be successful from the trucking industry. There isn't a day that goes by that my family isn't grateful for the life we have been given. The bond that my family has with one another is one of the greatest parts of my life and it wouldn't be here if it weren't for the opportunity my mom was given as a young adult. She learned how to be on her own and become the strong and independent women she is today. Everything my mom has taught me she has learned from her experiences throughout her life and this has been greatly from the trucking industry.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Grace Elizabeth HIggins
Prime Inc
Ozark, Missouri

Meet Grace

Grace HIggins

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc

Ozark, Missouri

 

The trucking industry has influenced my family life by creating a culture of hard work and respect. From the years my brother and I have spent in the trucking industry visiting my dad at work and both of us working in the trucking industry ourselves, I am inspired time and time again by the hard work and dedication each person puts into their work every day. Because America relies on trucking in many ways to transport and deliver goods, there is never a day off in the trucking industry which means that hard work is a non-negotiable trait. Trucking requires a person to be passionate about a bigger purpose. It has also cultivated a family culture of respect for the trucking industry because of the sacrifices made by both drivers and in-house staff to do whatever it takes to complete each assignment and load on time and done with excellence. The character of hard work and respect that the trucking industry has built in my dad, brother, and I is something that I undoubtedly want my future family to have and know one day, and is something that I will carry with me forever thanks to the trucking industry.

 

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

 

My family life has definitely been shaped by the trucking industry. My father was a truck driver when he married my mother. He worked for several companies driving his own truck. Like many truck drivers, he was a hard worker. He was on the road all the time. Truckers rarely get to spend a lot of time at home. Knowing this, my parents decided they had to make some changes 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. Shortly after, 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

Erica Alexander Jackson
HeartLand Express
Carson, California

Meet Erica

Erica Jackson

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

HeartLand Express

Carson, California

 

My father’s career as a trucker has influenced my life in many ways. California is a state with a diverse cultural population yet hearing my father’s stories from the road and his experiences in other states reminds me that there is much more to learn, see, and experience in this country. It is these same stories that helped me make my decision of attending an out of state college in an area that I have never been in or experienced living. My father’s career as a trucker has also encouraged me to travel more so that I can develop the same life experiences and life stories that I may one day share with my children. I feel as if a family tradition has begun since my younger brother desires to travel and experience the country when he enters college and hopes to also live out of state. During my time in college, I have made it my personal goal to travel and experience as many states as I can while on summer, spring and winter vacations. I want to have memories and stories and captivating as my father.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Mackenzie Shae Jeffries
Hendrickson International
Savannah, Georgia

Meet Mackenzie

Mackenzie Jeffries

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Hendrickson International

Savannah, Georgia

 

My father’s career in the trucking industry has not only influenced my life, but each one of my siblings. I cannot imagine where each one of us would be if not for my father’s thirty plus years working for, what I believe to be, one of the greatest industries in this country. As I go into my senior year of college, I reflect on the opportunities I have had due to my father’s career in transportation. Not only has Hendrickson International provided my family with a steady income, but without this company, I would not have had the chance to move to Savannah, attend Armstrong State University, and through the city’s hospitals, discover a career path that I have fallen in love with. As for my two other siblings, their lives have been greatly impacted by the trucking industry as well. My youngest brother is going into his junior year of high school, which is a time where he must think about where he wants to attend college and what major he wants to pursue. While most kids his age are torn about what they want to do, he is not hesitant. After observing how much my father has loved his job over the years, he already knows he wants to work within the trucking industry. My other brother currently attends Auburn University, where he is working on an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering. Although this major does not directly relate to the trucking industry, my father has always taught us the importance and necessity of the distribution of goods. My brother wants to use that knowledge and design aircraft that can further assist our country’s economy with transportation of resources. Overall, my father’s career in the trucking industry has had an immeasurable effect on my family.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Keenan Ellis Johnson
HELP inc.
Lakewood, Washington

Meet Keenan

Keenan Johnson

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

HELP inc.

Lakewood, Washington

 

My father has worked within the commercial trucking industry for most of my life. He currently works in marketing at HELP Inc., a non-profit organization focused on safety and efficiency in trucking. This affected my life in a few different ways. First, it has provided an appreciation for the transportation industry and the work conducted by OEM’s, trucking companies, drivers and organizations to ensure products are available in stores. Second, through my father’s companies, the roadways are safer and as a young driver, that means a lot. Lastly, my father’s positions within the transportation industry supported me through high school and the activities that helped make me the person I am today. These personal traits include a hard work ethic, a team-focused mentality and determined attitude - many of the same traits found in the transportation industry.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Bailey Jo Kaufman
Crete Carrier Corp
Lincoln, Nebraska

Meet Bailey

Bailey Kaufman

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Crete Carrier Corp

Lincoln, Nebraska

 

My mother has worked for over four years for Crete Carrier Corp as their Sr Workers Compensation adjuster. Over these years I have listened to her stories about the truck drivers she has helped who have sustained work related injuries. These stories have always amazed me as to the hard work these truck drivers do in order to deliver the freight to the stores we all shop at. My mom has shown me that no matter what occupation you work in, respect is always first and foremost. She has also shown me how important it is to treat everyone they way I would want to be treated. This has been a philosophy that I have been fortunate to have learned from her and has helped me the past four years of high school. I joined our Silverhawks Helping Other Silverhawks at school because of the compassion she has shown me from work she has done with her workers compensation claimants. By joining this organization has made me proud to help the underclassmen at my school and I could see why my mom takes so much pride in the work she does. I also am employed part-time at Michaels Craft Store as a customer service representative. In this position, I always remind myself that it is my job to help others and this is something learned from my mom and her service for Crete Carrier Corp. The injured truck drivers at Crete Carrier Corp are lucky to have my mom help them through the course of their injury as she is someone who explains the workers compensation process and is always there when they have questions and concerns. As I prepare myself for my next chapter in college, I'm so grateful that my mom has found a fulfilling career helping getting injured truck drivers back on the road after an injury to keep freight in this Country moving.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Jeana Kristine Kerr
Jim Palmer Trucking
Bigfork, Montana

Meet Jeana

Jeana Kerr

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Jim Palmer Trucking

Bigfork, Montana

 

As an intern working in the operations department of Jim Palmer Trucking, I have been given the opportunity to work alongside fleet managers and truck drivers in the industry. Every individual has taught me something new that I carry with me either in my work or in my home life. I have gained new skills and an appreciation for what these individuals do for a living, and it has also given me a new appreciation for what my family does in order to support each other. In this industry, everyone acts as a family. It does not matter what position the individual holds in the company, each and every person is treated with respect and kindness, and I have taken that with me in my own personal life. Not only has this company taught me the value in family, but it has also allowed me to take some of the financial burden off of my family in terms of school and housing. As a college student, it can be difficult to find a job that is flexible enough with its hours to work around class scheduling and one that is even supportive of the schooling. Jim Palmer Trucking has given its endless support in my education and in my family time.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Brooklyn Nicole Keys
Maverick Trucking
Bixby, Oklahoma

Meet Brooklyn

Brooklyn Keys

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Maverick Trucking

Bixby, Oklahoma

 

My stepdad’s job in the trucking industry has made me value family and the time we spend together. Jerrod is the father figure in my life and him being gone two weeks at a time, opened my eyes to this. It made me cherish every phone call after he got to his parking spot, and those all too short weekends spent with him. This past year in college, I always tried to align our weekends home with each other. His new job in the industry made me realize how important his job is; before he became a truck driver, I didn’t put much thought into the trucking industry, but now that he is an active member in trucking, I know the importance of every job, from the drivers to the dispatchers, in the trucking industry. But most importantly, it showed me how strong my mom is. She handles everything while my stepdad is out on the road. It made our family stronger and gave us a stronger understanding that our time spent together is precious.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Nicholas Peter Kolar
Dart
Baraboo, Wisconsin

Meet Nicholas

Nicholas Kolar

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Dart

Baraboo, Wisconsin

 

As a grateful recipient of last year's TCA scholarship, it is fun to write this essay and compare my present thoughts and perspectives to those recorded in last year's essay. My father pursued a career in the trucking industry after his real estate business collapsed after 2008. Today, my father's career as a truck driver remains integral to our family, especially in a financial sense. However, as I pursue my studies and my own career goal of becoming an electrical engineer, I have come to focus more on the logistical importance of truck drivers, and the small but vital role my father plays in this crucial mechanism that facilitates our free market society. Almost everything we buy, sell, consume, and dispose of is transported on a truck. Even the things we take for granted like running water, roads, power lines, and natural gas pipelines were made possible by truck drivers hauling machinery and parts. The best way to visualize the importance of truck drivers is to imagine for a moment that all the trucks in our country quit rolling. Store shelves would empty quickly, and there would be immediate shortages of food. Gas stations would run dry if there were no tankers making daily fuel deliveries. Pharmacies would be unable to fill prescriptions for vital medications. As the store shelves emptied, we could expect terrifying conditions throughout the United States. This allegory makes me feel alarmed by the dangerous fragility of our system, yet makes me truly appreciate truck drivers as some of the most crucial members of our society. Truck drivers are more important to our way of life than heart surgeons, yet drivers receive much less recognition because people take them for granted. Truck drivers are not just important to my family; they are important to all families!

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Kaitlyn Elise Kottke
Kottke Trucking Inc.
Buffalo Lake, Minnesota

Meet Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn Kottke

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Kottke Trucking Inc.

Buffalo Lake, Minnesota

 

When I was young, my dad was in the truck driving portion of the business. I would always love to tag along with him, and it gave me the opportunity to travel to many different states before the age of five. I believed this started the love of travel in me. My dad transferred over to the office portion of the business with my uncles. No family gathering would be completed with ten phone calls from drivers, one of them having to deal with some chaotic situation. Before my family ever leaves the house, my dad's black backpack has to come with in case on the chaotic situations would come while he is away. Another way is phone calls asking if I could come pick them up here because they had to bring a truck there. Or when answering the home phone and having to sound like I am at work because it is mostly likely someone from work. It has taught me how to communicate with people even in difficult situations. Lastly, the sacrifices my family has had to make to run a successful business. My dad and uncles have missed countless number of sporting events or Christmas concerts because the were doing something work related. While I am sad they missed those events, I know it is to better the company and to provide for me. I am truly grateful that I grew up in the home I did because this explains have shown me, not only life skills I will use in the future, but also what hard work and dedication can get you in life.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Colin Brett Kozak
Walmart Transportation
Springdale, Arkansas

Meet Colin

Colin Kozak

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Walmart Transportation

Springdale, Arkansas

 

From the day I was born to present my father has been involved in the Trucking Industry and the Truckload Carrier's Association. Although my father worked long hours and traveled often, my family and I owe a great deal to this industry. I learned to appreciate along the way how vital this industry is to everyone in the United States. I sometimes look around and try to think about how things found there way to where they are today. My Dad tells me there are over 3 million truck drivers in the country and they deliver product night and day, weekends and holidays to ensure we are able to have food on our table and all the nice things we have in our lives from automobiles to furniture in our homes. I am pursuing a business degree at the University of Arkansas starting this Fall. While I am not entirely sure what my career field will be, I am very interested in Logistics and Transportation. I know this industry needs good hard working people like my father. His career has put a roof our heads and food on the table. It has also enabled me to meet some great people in my life. Everyone from office friends of my Dad, to truck drivers and mechanics. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to apply for this scholarship. I guarantee that an investment in me will be put to good use as I am a very hard worker and will study hard and get good grades. My father and this industry has set a very good example for me in life and that is hard work pays off and to always give back. Thank you again for this opportunity.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Evan John Kramer
Veriha Trucking
Menominee, Michigan

Meet Evan

Evan Kramer

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Veriha Trucking

Menominee, Michigan

 

My dad's career at Veriha Trucking has provided our family financial stability to not go without. My dad is very passionate about the industry and loves to go to work everyday knowing that truckers move America forward. He has been involved in the American Truckers Association and has recently convinced my Uncle to retire from his job of 25 years and attend a driving school to obtain his CDL. If it wasn't for my dad's job in trucking, I wouldn't even be contemplating a post high school education opportunity. Although my future plans will not lead me into the trucking industry, I hope to take the passion that my dad has about his industry into my future life plan.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Jacob Harrison Lance
U.S. Xpress
Ooltewah, Tennessee

Meet Jacob

Jacob Lance

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

U.S. Xpress

Ooltewah, Tennessee

 

For as long as I can remember my dad has been apart of the trucking industry. Whether it be with his time at Lowes, helping out victims during Hurricane Katrina receive assistance or his time with J.B. Hunt working on getting more intermodal trucks on the road. This life our family has had has been a blessing to see how my own dad can help change people's lives with his job. Through seeing his job and what he does this has inspired me to go to the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. My major will be in Marketing and learn more about Supply Chain Logistics. Once I receive this degree, I hope I will be able to create success for the truckload industry and the communities it serves. By getting this scholarship it would help me immensely be able to pursue this dream of mine and help utilize my skill set in the workforce one day. I believe that by watching my dad succeed in any position he is put in will help me one day when I am put up against any logistical problem. I aim to ensure safety, high quality, reliable and efficient transportation services with the education I will receive over the next four years.

 

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 laid off from his job of fifteen years and being divorced from his wife of over twenty years, my father seemed like a completely different man. With nothing to do besides work as a greeter at Walmart, my dad decided he would do what he loved; drive. When my dad's fiance's job introduced pay cuts and they could no longer stay afloat, she too decided to join my dad, and together formed a tandem truck driving team. Now they roam the country, experiencing every aspect of the United States. I may see them less often, but when I do see my dad, I see the happy, grateful man who raised me again.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Kodie Rae Lievsay
Calark International
Beebe, Arkansas

Meet Kodie

Kodie Lievsay

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Calark International

Beebe, Arkansas

 

My mother has worked at Calark International for fourteen years. She began as a dispatcher for Calark; she then was promoted to Operations Manager. She is currently serving as one of the most skilled dispatchers at this facility. Throughout this time as dispatcher and operations manager, she has traveled and worked long hours. She has always made sure the job was complete, and she has taught me what it means to persevere through the troubles of massive workloads and stress. Calark International has always been great to us; if she needed a day off to take a college tour with me, go on a family vacation, or assist in medical instances, it has always been granted. Overall, my mother’s position as a dispatcher and manager has put food on our table, put a roof over my head, and allowed my family and I to spend time with her. Understanding that this is not a one person job, the drivers have taught me to value the time I get to spend with my family. It is not just a person behind a wheel; they allow us to be able to purchase items in stores, cars to be manufactured, and anything under the sun to be hauled. Without these committed individuals, there would be no trucking industry.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Aaron Christopher Malkowski
NFI
Mount Holly, New Jersey

Meet Aaron

Aaron Malkowski

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

NFI

Mount Holly, New Jersey

 

My father spent 24.5 years in the Air Force working with Air transportation and desired to continue work in the transportation area following retirement. He came upon one of the best companies, National Freight Industries, and it has made our lives so much easier. He absolutely loves his job, his drivers, and the company. My dad is always telling stories of his drivers and their praiseworthy achievements. He keeps the family knowledgeable and humored with anecdotes and we are endlessly thankful for the everyday commitments of the drivers who star in them. Post retirement from the Air Force my dad was very concerned, he was not aware of what the future had in store for him. Despite knowing what he wanted, at 42 years old, he was thrust into an alien and uncomfortable position; Applying for several positions, uncertain of how our financial situation might change not only his future but that of myself as well, my father was finally asked to interview for a new career. He was very quickly hired on as a Project Manager with NFI, and continues to be as successful in the trucking industry as he was active duty in the Air Force. My mother, siblings, and I could not be more proud of his first major success of many in the civilian world. Our time with him may often be interrupted by work, but we would not have it any other way. Like always he gives 110% to the company and seeing him happy and successful is truly a blessing for our family. My father’s hiring at NFI not only made our financial situation better at home, but gave my father a new career that he is increasingly excited for daily.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Grayce Anne McCormick
Fremont Contract Carriers
Hooper, Nebraska

Meet Grayce

Grayce McCormick

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Fremont Contract Carriers

Hooper, Nebraska

 

My father’s career in the trucking industry has taught me one of the biggest lessons of life: perseverance. Through my father’s hard work and persistence throughout his job at Fremont Contract Carriers, he worked his way up to one of the highest positions in his company: Chief Operating Officer. He kept on through adversity, determined to provide for his children and put all three of us through college. He encouraged us to not only apply to prestigious, dream schools, but also exposed us to universities all over the country, knowing full well the cost of travel and out-of-state tuition. On the nights he came home exhausted from long days in the office, it wasn’t thoughts of fatigue or stress that crowded his mind. Instead, my father simply cared about us kids applying to colleges and receiving a top-notch education. Throughout the years, as we saw him work day in and day out, we realized how important our education was, considering how hard my father was working to provide that for us. His career in the trucking industry displayed the epitome of diligence to us and exactly what we would do someday to provide for our children and family. Working for the trucking industry is not an easy task, but my father made it look so as he sent three kids to private universities. My father showed us exactly the adults we would grow up to be.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Kallen John McDaniel
Raven Transport
St Johns, Florida

Meet Kallen

Kallen McDaniel

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Raven Transport

St Johns, Florida

 

My Father has worked in trucking my entire life. All my life I have heard about trucks and semis. From as far back as I can remember, I would always go to visit my dad at work and stand in awe at the size of the trucks. My father started at the bottom working as a mechanic Michigan Kenworth and has put in tireless hours and hard work to move up the ladder. He is now the director of maintenance at Raven Transport and is a boss. It is that determination and skill set that he had is what inspires me to be my best and hard work pays off. I was so interested in learning the tricks of the trade in trucking I asked my dad for a job at Raven transport. The last couple summers I have worked there and also displayed that same work ethic my father display, and I have earned the respect of many of the employees despite my age. My Grandfather was also in the trucking business his entire career, he worked for SAF Holland in Michigan. He was also high up on the ladder there and I grew up listening to my father and him tell stories and talk about business. Both men have had a substantial impact on who I am as a person and my work ethic. Both of them being in the trucking industry has shown me the importance of setting a goal and working hard every day to accomplish that goal.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Katherine Kaeleigh McDaniel
Raven Transport
St. Johns, Florida

Meet Katherine

Katherine McDaniel

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Raven Transport

St. Johns, Florida

 

I grew up in the trucking industry. My dad started in the trucking industry when he was only 16 and has been working in the industry ever since. My grandfather, Herm Karel, was also in the trucking industry for over 40 years. With my father in this industry it has changed and influenced my family life in many ways. When we lived in Michigan my dad was the Director of Transportation for Wayland Union School after he finished several years of service at Michigan Kenworth. He loved working at his job and he was home every night. In 2008 he was offered a better job for South Eastern Freightlines in Nashville Tennessee. This was a big move for my whole family because both my parents were born and raised in Michigan. This move caused a lot of stress on our family life. My dad traveled more and wasn't home every night. Although financially it was better for us, it didn't help our family life. It was hard without our dad home every night, especially since it was a new and hard time for us. After a few years though, he was promoted and didn't have to travel as much. This promotion helped our family life a lot. He was home every night and we were able to spend more time with our dad. In 2014 my dad was offered another job position for Raven Transport in Jacksonville Florida. As much as i didn't want to move, my parents explained how great of an opportunity this was for my father. It was really hard moving after living 6 years in Tennessee. This really changed our family life because this was, for me, the worst thing that could have possibly happened. It wasn't until a year later that I knew why God had given my family this opportunity. We became so close with this move and our family life improved greatly. My twin brother and I became very involved with sports at our new high school which led to us getting athletic and academic scholarships to the same University. In all, I'm thankful for everything the trucking industry has done for my father and my family. It has made me a better person and has taught me life lessons that i will never forget. Without my Family I wouldn't be where I am today and a lot of that has to do with the opportunities the trucking industry has given to my family.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Austin Lee Owens
McLeod Software Corporation
Alabaster, Alabama

Meet Austin

Austin Owens

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

McLeod Software Corporation

Alabaster, Alabama

 

Since my father started working for McLeod Software, I began noticing decals on several trucks that read "MPowered by McLeod Software". When I asked him what the decals meant, he described the technology that his company developed for the trucking industry. He told me how it was used to improve hundreds of carriers' efficiency, which allows them to operate at lower costs. This in turn ensures lower prices for goods and services that utilize the trucking industry, which makes life easier and more affordable for people like my family. I have also learned just how important the trucking industry is to the economy. I never realized before how much of commercial trade was facilitated through trucking. I recently read an article that detailed how many common, yet essential, services would suffer if the trucking industry were to shrink. The most direct impact that the trucking industry has had on my family is of course been as a source of income. Without said industry or income, my family would be in a very unpleasant situation, and I am grateful that is not the case.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Kayla Marie Putman
Big G Express
Old Hickory, Tennessee

Meet Kayla

Kayla Putman

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Big G Express

Old Hickory, Tennessee

 

My family has been involved in the trucking business my entire life. My Dad often tells a story of how in his first week in the trucking business he went out in a truck with a driver. My Dad didn't know a fifth wheel from a training wheel so this was a new experience. He and the driver went all over the southeast and ended up in TX after 5 days. They were headed home and they had to pull over for a break about 3 hours from home. He asked the driver to keep going so he (my Dad) could get to Knoxville to pick out music for he and my mom's wedding. The driver had to stop though and my Dad had to make the call about missing the music. He has told this story many times and it tells me that all the drivers on the road have families, have schedules, and have to be really good at managing their time. I have tried to use this small lesson on time management for my studies. It is also a good lesson on when family is together there is nothing more important. Trucking has been a great influence in my families life!

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Brittany Marie Quinn
Prime Inc.
Springfield, Missouri

Meet Brittany

Brittany Quinn

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc.

Springfield, Missouri

 

The trucking industry has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up, my grandfather was a truck driver. I loved to visit him and climb through his truck; the idea of a tiny house on wheels was always fascinating to me. To this day most of the stories my grandma tells me revolve around her and my grandpa’s cross-country adventures on his delivery routes. She remembers the trips so fondly that it wasn’t until later in life that I learned she was recalling business trips rather than nonbusiness ones. My dad has been involved in the trucking industry since I was little too, and most of his best friends are from work. I have always loved visiting him at work because it’s always felt like visiting family; even more so now that I get to work across the hall from him! Instead of walking into my new job nervous and unsure, I was quickly embraced and welcomed. To put it simply, I couldn’t possibly get away with saying that the trucking industry has had just a mere influence on my family life. Rather, the trucking industry has built a family for me, and around me, and I am grateful for it every day.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Kathryn Ann Ransom
American Central Transport (ACT)
Kansas City, Missouri

Meet Kathryn

Kathryn Ransom

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

American Central Transport (ACT)

Kansas City, Missouri

 

I was born into a family of small business owners. When I was growing up, I was surrounded by people who owned businesses and were influencers of each other and myself. In 1971, my grandfather, Tom B. Kretsinger Sr. purchases a small trucking line called American Central Transport. He grew it into the large truck line which operates today. As a child, my grandparents came over for dinner and trucking was always in our discussion whether it be about the drivers, the number of trucks, or ACT’s customers. Since my mother was young when ACT was purchased, she was influenced her whole life by the trucking industry and her father’s small business. This shaped her determination to create a business of her own. With the help of my grandfather, my parents were able to open a restaurant and a frozen pizza manufacturing company. I was lucky enough to work at both businesses since age 14. Watching my parents work hard was a very influential part of my life. These factors were passed on by my grandfather’s hard work in the trucking industry. I remember going to see my grandfather and talking to him about his trucks, and he was so proud of his involvement in trucking. His amazing attitude in life set me up to want to be successful and determined in my career choices. Now as a teenager even though my grandfather has passed, we still talk at the dinner table about small business, trucking, pizza manufacturing, and its importance in our lives. My family’s small business that began in just an ice cream cooler and is now in six states. Trucking started as my grandfather’s passion, and now it delivered our passion.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Laura Jo Runkel
Anderson Trucking Service
Whitehall, Wisconsin

Meet Laura

Laura Runkel

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Anderson Trucking Service

Whitehall, Wisconsin

 

The trucking industry has had a major impact on my family’s way of life. My dad has always had his heart set on being a truck driver. His mother forcing him to attend college and he earned a degree in business, however, he never waivered from his choice in careers. Maybe she was disappointed he didn’t choose a life as a doctor or lawyer, but she could not have stopped him from fulfilling his dreams. She was able to influence him long enough to graduate from college with a degree in Business Administration. Now he sees the value of his education, and was given the power to choose his future, and that is what he has given to my brother and me. This dream has created a family that is centered on the trucking industry and it has taught me many things. When I was only three years old, I had memorized his cell phone number, so I was able to talk with him. I knew he was always far away from me, but I knew we shared the same stars and moon. I would call him and ask “can you see the moon?” The industry has taught us to be very adaptable to change. Unlike most drivers he was able to be home every night, although it was quite late. As a result, my mother took many photos of his games that he would look at, and I would play my flute solos for him and my grandmother.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Ashley Nichole Scarantino
Prime Inc
Pittston, Pennsylvania

Meet Ashley

Ashley Scarantino

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc

Pittston, Pennsylvania

 

My Mother has been working in the trucking industry for over 20 years. With her working in the trucking industry, I have learned to value family time. She works as a Safety Supervisor for Prime Inc. Over the course of years, I have heard many stories. She constantly tells me to value family time cause not everyone has that opportunity. Many people are not aware of the lifestyle and daily duties the people in the trucking industry face. These people work 365 days a years. Many are away on holidays, weekends, and are on call 24/7. Unlike most companies that close for holidays and weekends, 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 spent a few partial holidays with my mom away at work. Many people take their families for granted until they realize what other people go thru daily or when they are gone. The trucking industry is a valuable part of our everyday lives. These people make sure products, supplies, etc. are delivered on time. Unless you work or know someone who works in this industry, you do not understand how important and difficult the industry is.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Kevin Lawrence Schneier
Tri-National, Inc.
Florissant, Missouri

Meet Kevin

Kevin Schneier

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Tri-National, Inc.

Florissant, Missouri

 

As long as I have been alive, my dad has worked in the trucking industry, and since birth I have never been able to get enough of cars, trucks, and anything with an engine. When I was a kid, my favorite toys were the model trucks my dad would bring me home from work, and some of my favorite days were his company parties, when I could come to work with him and sit in the driver’s seat of one of the company’s tractors. Every night before I went to bed, my dad would read me my favorite picture book: “There Goes a Truck”. I was less than two years old and couldn’t read yet, but we still have old family videos of me sitting down with the book, flipping through the pages and reciting it cover to cover – still unable to read, but memorizing every word as it was read to me night after night. As I started going through school, I was fascinated each time my dad would come back from work and talk about things like how a small aerodynamic piece on a trailer could save the company thousands in gasoline costs; every decision he made was based on efficiency, and through his job he introduced me to an analytical way of thinking that led me to choose to study engineering. Transportation is still a huge part of who I am today, as an electrical engineering major whose dream is to one day work in the auto industry; but beyond me personally, my dad’s career in the trucking industry has meant the world to our family. He has been with Tri-National for almost two decades now, and his joy to work with great people for a great company has brought our family peace, stability, and happiness.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Parker Steven Scott
Fortune Transportation
Windom, Minnesota

Meet Parker

Parker Scott

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Fortune Transportation

Windom, Minnesota

 

If you asked me just 2 years ago what trucking would mean to me, I’d tell you it was a job for my father and a part-time job in high school for me. Right now, this industry plays a bigger role in my life than it ever has. Last summer I interned at Cottingham and Butler, the largest broker of trucking insurance in the country, in their transportation division. I impressed them enough that they invited me back for a second internship this summer but now I’m working with trucking companies in Cottingham’s benefits department. Just these two opportunities alone have allowed me to network with people both in the trucking industry and people servicing the trucking industry, learn a completely new side of the trucking business, and acquire new skills that I know will benefit myself and the industry in the future. Even at school the trucking industry plays a role in my life. This fall I’ll be conducting research with the professor that leads an analytics club that I’m Vice-President of and we will be digging into the driving factors behind driver turnover. This research is not only going to help me apply my schooling and in class learning to a real-world example, but it is also a way for me to give some insight to real businesses in hopes that they can adjust their business procedures to be more successful and profitable. These key points really highlight how significant the trucking industry has been in my growth and development and I couldn’t be happier with the industry that caught me by surprise and took such a big role in my life. The people in this industry are truly great and I can only hope that I can give back as much as they have given me.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Brooke Ashlee Smith
Sunco
Lakeland, Florida

Meet Brooke

Brooke Smith

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Sunco

Lakeland, Florida

 

My father’s career in the trucking industry has influenced my family life greatly. With my father working a full-time job during the week he was not home till dinner. Sometimes he worked weekends and other times he was out of town for days at a time. My dad's job made me appreciate the time I could spend with him and my family together as a whole. With my father working so hard my brothers and I could live a life with many privileges. We could eat out for dinner, play community, and travel sports. We could have family vacations. My father’s dedication and hard work set an example that I wished to follow. I aspire to prove myself by setting the same examples in the future to my own kids. But the work I need to put in started in grade school and now I will continue to work hard and have the same dedication through my remaining years of college and beyond.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Emily Joy Smith
Art Pape Transfer Inc
Asbury, Iowa

Meet Emily

Emily Smith

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Art Pape Transfer Inc

Asbury, Iowa

 

My dad has been a truck driver for over 25 years. During that time, he has become a three-time finalist for Owner-Operator of the Year, having driven over two million miles without a single accident. My family’s connection to trucking has been clear for many, many years. My dad built a swingset in our backyard shaped like a semi truck, with a steering wheel and everything. When I was young, my dad brought his truck to my elementary school. All the kids were amazed by the size of it. Everyone got to climb in the cab and check out what it was like. He’s done this many times since then, for my little sisters’ classes, and kids have written him letters calling him a hero and declaring that they want to be truck drivers, too. My dad’s schedule is configured so that he’s usually only home on weekends. However, we fit more family time into those two days than many families have in a week. Saturdays start with karate, and can include anything from family bike rides to movie nights with such classics as Smokey and the Bandit. On Sunday morning, we all go to church, followed by lunch together before Dad has to get ready to take off again. My father has mastered the art of being present even when physically absent. It never really feels like he’s gone when his jokes and stories are only a phone call away. The trucking industry influenced my family life because it influenced my dad. And my dad is my hero.

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Joseph Dylan Stowell
Prime Inc.
springfield, Missouri

Meet Joseph

Joseph Stowell

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Prime Inc.

springfield, Missouri

 

My father, Brian Stowell, started working at Prime Inc. 17 years ago after honorably serving our great nation as a US Marine for 8 years. His dedication to Country; his Faith in the Lord; Unending work ethic; and his dedication to our family has been a true inspiration to me growing up. I hope that I can honor him and Prime Inc by continuing my education, as well as my baseball career, in the fall at Oklahoma Wesleyan. Prime Inc. is like a 2nd family to me and I hope I can honor them with my actions as I go on to college!

 

TCA Scholarship Winner

$2,725

Meredith Keleigh Sutton
Maverick Transport
Mechanicsville, Virginia

Meet Meredith

Meredith Sutton

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

Maverick Transport

Mechanicsville, Virginia

 

My father entered the trucking industry long before I was born, and as I grew up, this simply meant that my family lived by a different schedule than most people. I would go about my week as normal, helping my mom with housework and watching my brother, and then on Sundays my father would be home and we would all share what happened during our week. As I got older I realized what an effect this schedule had in my personality. Being expected to help out in my house taught me independence and the ability to make decisions for myself. It also taught me a strong work ethic, which was encouraged by watching my father dutifully leave for work each week even when he seemed worn out or tierd. I also think my father’s job gave me an interesting perspective on the world since it taught me how important easily forgotten jobs, such as trucking, is to the way our society functions. Since I knew the value of these jobs, it taught me to be more appreciative of all of the goods that I can easily access and the services I use that are constantly stocked. But I think the most important lesson my father’s schedule has taught me is to value those who are close to me. Since I would often see my father only once or twice a week I was always so excited to tell him all of the important things that have happened in my life. The older I grew the more I came to value these times because I knew that they did not happen all the time and that is why they were so important to me.

 

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Lauren Elizabeth Townley
CRST Malone Incorporated
Trussville, Alabama

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Lauren Townley

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

CRST Malone Incorporated

Trussville, Alabama

 

The trucking industry has influenced and blessed me ever since I was born as my mother has worked for the same trucking company for over thirty years in the accounting area of the business; she deals with fuel tax, licensing, settlements and financial records. With these ties to the trucking industry I have seen dedication and strong work ethics which have become engrained in me and help me meet work and school challenges. It is amazing that by following the example of the people in the trucking industry anyone can be can be successful in their area of life. For example just as the office staff and driver must communicate and demonstrate teamwork to deliver loads on time, I have been influenced to show up for work and class on time and to work cooperatively with others. In the trucking industry drivers must show persistence when a maintenance issue arises or bad weather conditions happen which make delivery of loads difficult. I try to apply this example by being diligent when a class is particularly hard and strive by always finding a way to meet the challenging demands. The truck driver must be adaptable with constantly changing rules and regulations that limit driving time; they must make smart use of their time as this is a valuable resource to them. In school this trait of adaptability is needed when juggling class work, projects, volunteer work, and a job. As I pursue a Civil Engineering degree my aspirations are to improve our nation’s roadways to help minimize costly traffic delays and loss of driving time while also using durable material that is not as slippery to aid safety and maintenance issues which challenge the trucking industry. In this way I hope to benefit the industry that has helped provide for me.

 

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Tyler Jay Wagner
McLeod Software
Avon, Indiana

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Tyler Wagner

$2,725 TCA Scholarship Winner

McLeod Software

Avon, Indiana

 

When I was little, I understood two things about my dad’s job. First, I knew that it required him to travel to neighboring states—and occasionally more exotic destinations like Florida or Texas. As a small kid in the Indianapolis suburbs, my dad might as well have been Indiana Jones. Each week, he challenged my previous understanding of topography! Second, I knew that my dad’s job was to “help people with trucks.” I gave this description to my friends, although I didn’t know exactly what it meant. What I did know was that when my dad returned home, he would bring me toy semi trucks with his customers’ logos on them and share stories about all the interesting people he met that week. I’ve spent the latter half of my dad’s 30 year career in the trucking industry absorbing his stories. Stories about mechanics donating entire paychecks to the families of drivers who lost their lives. Stories about company leaders consistently valuing their employees—drivers, mechanics, and office personnel—more than themselves. Stories about hard work, dedication, love, and service. I realize that when I was younger, I loved my dad’s job because I loved my dad. Now that I’ve grown up, I’m proud of my dad’s career because of the incredible people with whom he’s spent the last three decades. His experience has taught me that transportation is not solely about destinations or major corporate executives. For a company to succeed, it’s vital to recognize that drivers are the pulse of the industry. Without great drivers, we wouldn’t have successful companies. The trucking industry’s democratic, egalitarian structure only amplifies my appreciation for it. When I graduate, I hope to pursue a career in marketing within the trucking industry. I don’t want the uplifting stories to end when my dad retires.

 









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