Scholar pays tribute to dad, trucking with class project

by Keith Goble, staff writer

With the help of an OOIDA scholarship, Rebecca Schnackenberg decided to take her pursuit of a college education to Concordia University in Seward, NE. Rebecca, with a dream of becoming a professional graphic designer, selected the school specifically for its art program. Now, two years later, she is halfway through completing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, which she plans to use to begin a career in advertising.

She credits the work ethic instilled by her father, owner-operator and OOIDA member Robert Schnackenberg, of Higginsville, MO, for helping her strive to attain her goals. “It was hard growing up not to have my dad at home every week,” she says. “But I’ve always admired him for the work he does. He’s always worked hard for us.”

Rebecca recently paid tribute to her dad and the trucking industry in a class project. “We were given instruction to select a mode of transportation and create a picture,” she recalls. “As soon as the project was assigned, I knew exactly what I was going to do.”

The result was a picture (above) honoring the trucking industry and its role in America. “My dad has driven a Kenworth as far back as I can remember,” she says. Growing up in a trucking family, Rebecca says she appreciates the work of truckers like her dad. “I know how important the industry is to all of us. It keeps America going.”

Rebecca is thankful for the $1,000 scholarship — renewable for four years — she received to help pay for her education. “I would again like to say thank you,” she says. “This scholarship has been a great help in paying for my college tuition, and the opportunity to pursue my goals.”

2002 scholar award hopefuls
Students interested in applying for the 2002 scholarship awards program are asked to submit a 500-word essay concerning the impact of trucking on their life and academic career along with their application. To be eligible for the scholarship program, the student’s parent, grandparent or legal guardian must be an OOIDA member. The top five scholars will be selected from all applicants.

Applicants should contact Angel Burnell at 1-800-444-5791 or (816) 229-5791 for more information, or visit www.ooida.com and click on “scholarship program” in the members-only section to download an application. Students must include a copy of their high school transcript and proof of enrollment or acceptance into a college. Applications can be returned by fax to (816) 427-4468. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2002.

Tax deductible donations to the OOIDA Scholarship Program can be sent to the OOIDA Foundation Inc., 1 NW OOIDA Drive, Grain Valley, MO 64029.