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NATSO Foundation awards $25,000 in scholarships to deserving students

This year’s winners have a broad range of interests, experiences and talents. All of the recipients said that while they appreciate the financial aspects of the award, they also appreciate that it comes from the truck stop and travel plaza industry.

The Trucker News Services

8/16/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va.The NATSO Foundation has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to deserving students with ties to the truck stop and travel plaza industry to put toward higher education.

Five students each were awarded $5,000 under the Bill Moon Scholarship, which helps truck stop and travel plaza owners and operators, their employees and their families further their education.

The 2013 winners are:

·         Jerry Bodkins, TA /Petro Office, Westlake, Ohio

·         Daryll Carlson, Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza, Sacramento, Calif.

·         Parth Detroja, Pilot Flying J, Knoxville, Tenn.

·         Linda Eamick, Tucson Truck Terminal, Tucson, Ariz.

·         Victoria Stavish, Muralt's Travel Plaza, Missoula, Mont.

This year’s winners have a broad range of interests, experiences and talents. All of the recipients said that while they appreciate the financial aspects of the award, they also appreciate that it comes from the truck stop and travel plaza industry.

Bill Moon Scholarship recipient Daryll Carlson is entering his freshman year at Stanford University and plans to study environmental science. Carlson’s father is a maintenance manager at Sacramento Travel Plaza where he has worked for the past 10 years. “This is very meaningful to me,” Carlson said. “My Dad works in the travel plaza industry so it is a big part of his life. Not only does this mean a lot to me, but also to him.”

The year saw a significant increase in the number of applications submitted for the Bill Moon Scholarship after the NATSO Foundation Board of Directors elected to double the financial awards granted under the scholarship program to $5,000 from $2,500.

More than 90 applications were submitted, more than triple the number received in recent years. All truck stop and travel plaza owners and operators, their employees and their families are eligible, and applicants are selected based on academic merit, financial need, community activities and a short essay.

Since 1993, the Bill Moon Scholarship Program has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships. Each year, the NATSO Foundation holds fundraising events and accepts contributions from truck stop and travel plaza operators and industry suppliers to fund the scholarships.

The origins of the Bill Moon Scholarship Program can be traced to 1989, when the Mason-Dixon Truck Stop Operators Association made a $5,000 contribution for use in establishing an industry scholarship program. In 1993, the Northeast Truckstop Operators Association made a $5,000 contribution, and Carolyn Moon added an additional $10,000. The NATSO Foundation began awarding scholarships to industry employees and their families in 1993.

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