WIT Foundation Awards Seven Scholarships

Women In Trucking Foundation Awards Seven Scholarships

October 13, 2015

The Women In Trucking (WIT) Foundation supports the association’s goal to encourage the employment of women in trucking industry careers.

Last month, seven female students were awarded scholarships in various areas of training all related to the trucking industry. This marks 14 scholarships awarded by the WIT Foundation in 2015.

“This year marks a milestone for the Women In Trucking Foundation in that we were able to increase the number of recipients and the frequency of the scholarship awards by adding a second scholarship application period in July,” said WIT Foundation Chair Debora Babin Katz, Vice President of TrucBrush Corporation.

Scholarship applications will be accepted again during the month of January, 2016 and will be awarded in March.

Darcie Holloway is earning a Master’s degree in Occupational Safety Management at University of Central Missouri. Ultimately, she would like to work for an employer that complies with a rigorous standard to ensure a safe work environment free from recognized hazards.

Erica Hansen is currently working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Transportation and Logistics Management. Upon completion, she plans to earn a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in transportation and logistics.

Lauren Shoemaker is working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Safety and Health, with a Fire Science minor at the University of Central Missouri. Her goal is to seek employment in the field of safety.

Linda Donaldson is earning a degree in Occupational Health and Safety at Columbia Southern University. She plans to work in the trucking industry as a Safety Director.

Michelle Miller is earning her Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Her career goal is to be the first African American female executive and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at Republic Services.

Tonja Willhelms is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a certification in HR management. Her goal is to enable her career growth where she will have a greater impact on decisions made surrounding how and who we bring into an organization and how the industry attacks the driver shortage that we face today.

Tracy Christenson is pursuing her Class A CDL. She looks forward to not only becoming a professional truck driver, but also being a trainer.

These seven scholarship recipients are working toward careers in the trucking industry, which supports the mission of the Women In Trucking Foundation. Scholarships are awarded in four areas:  technical, safety, leadership, and commercial driving.

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.

The Women In Trucking Foundation is affiliated with the non-profit 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 16 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: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, GE Capital Transportation Finance, Great Dane Trailers, J.B. Hunt Transport, Ryder System, Inc., U.S. Xpress, and Walmart.