Women In Trucking Foundation Awards Sixteen Scholarships

Plover, WI (January 3, 2018) – Women In Trucking (WIT) Foundation awarded 16 scholarships from the summer application group, totaling $5,850. This is an unprecedented number of recipients at a given time for the WIT Foundation. In 2017 alone, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization has awarded 23 scholarships to recipients in the trucking industry for their educational training.    

The WIT Foundation congratulates these women on focusing their futures on careers in the trucking industry.

  • Alexandra Buchanan – enrolled at Ohio Technical College, Cleveland, OH. Awarded the WIT Foundation/Ryder Scholarship for her diesel technician training. 
  • Ana Silva Biscaia— enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Superior, WI. Awarded the WIT Foundation Scholarship for transportation and logistics management training.
  • Angell May– enrolled at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem NC. Awarded the WIT Foundation/Ryder Scholarship for her diesel technician training.
  • Cedra Talaga—enrolled at IITR Truck School in Central Point, OR. Awarded the WIT Foundation/Jan Hamblin Scholarship for her CDL training. 
  • Esther Namatovu—enrolled at the Uganda Mobile Computer Training Association in Kampala Uganda, Africa. Awarded the WIT Foundation Scholarship for her leadership training. (See photos below)
  • Jazmyn Webster—enrolled at Sage Truck Driving School in Cheyenne, WY. Awarded the WIT Foundation/Ryder Scholarship for her CDL training.
  • Jodie Spencer—enrolled at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, IN. Awarded the WIT Foundation Scholarship for her MBA training.
  • Kendall Trujillo—enrolled at Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, AZ. Awarded the WIT Foundation Scholarship for her technician training.
  • Lauren Melton—enrolled at Florence Darlington Technical College in Florence, SC. Awarded the WIT Foundation/Ryder Scholarship for her CDL training. 
  • Merissa Hill— enrolled at Universal Technical Institute in Orlando, FL. Awarded the WIT Foundation/Ryder Scholarship for her diesel mechanic training.
  • Micaela Duran— enrolled at Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, AZ. Awarded the WIT Foundation/Ryder Scholarship for her diesel mechanic training.
  • Noelle Parlier Onstad—enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. Awarded the WIT Foundation Scholarship for her MBA training.
  • Pamela Stone—enrolled at Kirkwood Community College in Hiawatha, IA. Awarded the WIT Foundation Scholarship for her accounting/business training.
  • Sadie Smith—enrolled Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK. Awarded the WIT Foundation Scholarship for her strategic leadership training.
  • Tara McClure – enrolled at Murray State University in Murray, KY. Awarded the WIT Foundation Scholarship for her business management training.
  • Undral Naran— enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Superior, WI. Awarded the WIT Foundation Scholarship for transportation and logistics management training.

Scholarship applications are now being accepted through January 31, 2018. Scholarships are awarded in four areas:  technical, safety, leadership and commercial driving.

Donations and fund raising events within the trucking industry make it possible to provide scholarships to deserving individuals.

"This past year represents the largest number of scholarships awarded by the WIT Foundation annually, which we could not have achieved without the generosity of so many individuals and corporate grants," said Debora Babin Katz, VP of TrucBrush Corporation and the chair of WIT Foundation. "Our mission to forward the careers of women in transportation is global; we awarded a scholarship to a student in Uganda," she said. "Our board is grateful for the continued support of corporate donors like the Ryder Charitable Foundation and the J. J. Keller Foundation and we hope in 2018 to increase the award distribution through new corporate grants," she added.  

To make a donation or for more information about the WIT Foundation scholarship program, visit: http://www.womenintruckingfoundation.org.

Esther Namatovu (below), enrolled at the Uganda Mobile Computer Training Association in Kampala Uganda, Africa, was awarded the WIT Foundation Scholarship for her leadership training.

        

 

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The Women In Trucking Foundation is affiliated with the nonprofit organization Women In Trucking Association, Inc., and is responsible for raising funds for scholarships and encouraging the employment of women in the trucking industry. Women In Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association 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 17 percent of its members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance, Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., and Walmart.

For more information or to donate, visit www.womenintruckingfoundation.org or call 888.464.9482.  Women In Trucking Foundation is also registered with Amazon.com® Smile.

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