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Women In Trucking Foundation awards six scholarships

The scholarship application process began in April and continued through the end of July. Funding was available in four areas: leadership, technical training, safety, and driving. There were fourteen applications received, all for driver training.

The Trucker News Services

8/14/2013

PLOVER, Wis. —  Trista Ellis was a nurse when she met her husband, a professional driver. She enjoyed the stories he shared about his career and soon she decided to join him on the road. For six months she accompanied him as a passenger, when she found herself, “happier than I had ever been in my entire life.” 

She was eager to learn more about the trucking industry and to become his team driver. Trista enrolled at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina where she will graduate next month in the CDL training program. “I am completely devoted to this career,” Trista said, “I believe that if more women were exposed to this industry, they would love it as much as I do.” She will join her husband as a team driver at Crete Carriers.

Trista was in the first group of students to receive funding from the Women In Trucking Scholarship Foundation, established in 2013. Five women and one man, all members of the Women In Trucking Association, were each awarded a $500 scholarship for driver training.

The scholarship application process began in April and continued through the end of July. Funding was available in four areas:  leadership, technical training, safety, and driving. There were fourteen applications received, all for driver training.

“We are so pleased to be able to provide a portion of the tuition these students must pay to start their career in the trucking industry,” said Jan Hamblin, Chairwoman of the WIT Foundation board of directors. “We would have liked to have awarded training funds for safety, leadership, and technical skills as well, but we’re happy to help bring six new drivers into the industry.”

The foundation will begin accepting applications again in January, 2014 until the end of March. Donations to the foundation can be made anytime. Information can be found at womenintruckingfoundation.org.

The applicant must be a member of the Women In Trucking Association and be enrolled in a training program in one of the four areas of study. Funds are to be used for tuition and checks will be mailed directly to the school.

The six recipients and their training facilities are:

•Julie Schroeder, CDL-Southeast Community College, Lincoln, Neb.

•Lavina Price, Central NM Community College, Albuquerque, N.M.

•Trista Ellis, York Technical College, Rock Hill, S.C.

•Josese Cox, Central NM Community College, Albuquerque, N.M.

•Michele Turner, Greenville Technical College, Greenville, S.C.

•Kathleen Smith, Colorado Transportation School, Commerce City, Colo.

Women In Trucking was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as sixteen percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generous support of Gold Level Partners: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC, Daimler Trucks NA, Frito-Lay NA, Great Dane Trailers, Hyundai Translead, and Walmart and Silver Level Partner C.H. Robinson. For more information visit www.WomenInTrucking.org or call 888-464-9482.

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