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OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Committee announces 2014-2015 winners

By Greg Grisolano, staff writer

The OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Committee is responsible for choosing five students to receive money to help further their educations. Winners are chosen from a pool of applicants who are the children, grandchildren or legal guardians of OOIDA members. 

This year the committee selected Colby VanDerslice as the 2014-2015 scholarship winner. He receives a $2,000 scholarship for his first year of school, which he can renew for another three years for a total of $8,000. He is the grandson of Life Member Janice VanDerslice of Seward, Neb. He is attending Southeast Community College in Nebraska where he is enrolled in the welding technology program.

The committee also awarded four $1,000 scholarships for the 2014-2015 schoolyear. The $1,000 scholarship winners are:

Ethan Cole Holland of Olin, N.C. He is the grandson of Life Member Rome Carl Ladd Jr., and is currently attending North Iredell High School. He has been accepted at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University where he will be studying dairy science.

Faith R. Hadley of Burns, Kan. She is the daughter of Member Matthew Hadley and is currently attending El Dorado High School where she is one of the top students in her class. She has been accepted at Butler Community College where she will major in physical therapy.

Samantha R. Rollings of Tiverton, R.I. She is the daughter of Senior Member Stephen G. Rollings and is currently a student at Tiverton High School. She has been recently accepted to several colleges including Worcester Polytechnic Institute, The University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Drexel University and Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is waiting to hear from other schools before she commits to a university.

Olivia Cohn-Whiteof Sarasota, Fla. She is the daughter of Member Steven White, and is currently attending State College of Florida Collegiate High School, which is a full-time early college program. She has been accepted at Mississippi State University where she will be studying pre-veterinarian and biology.

All four of the $1,000 winners can renew their scholarships for up to four years.

Kendra B. Coffey, of Mount Jackson, Va., is this year’s runner-up. She is the daughter of Member Bruce Coffey and a student at Central High School. She has been accepted at Lord Fairfax Community College where she will major in education.

Shell Rotella donated $10,000 to the scholarship fund for the fifth straight year. Todd Spencer, executive vice president for OOIDA, and Scholarship Committee Chairman Bill Rode accepted the check from Dave Waterman, marketing manager for Shell Rotella, at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., in March. Overall, the scholarship fund collected more than $11,717 at MATS, with contributions from First Choice Logistics Inc., the JBC group and through donations collected at the Spirit of the American Trucker trailer. LL