The OOIDA Foundation recently
awarded $6,000 in scholarships to five college-bound children of OOIDA members.
The scholarship committee
selected the five winners from more than 60 applicants from across the country.
Each student wrote a 500-word essay discussing three positive ways the truckers
in their lives had influenced them and how their choice of an educational goal
would utilize the strongest attributes of their personalities.
Here are the OOIDA scholars for
the 2005 school year:
Kevin M. McCoy is the son of member Timothy R. McCoy, Hewitt, NJ.
Kevin received offers of admission from several prestigious universities. He
chose to enroll at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he plans to
major in mechanical engineering. He received a $2,000 scholarship award. His
winning essay is included on the following page.
Mary A. Bayci is the daughter of member Mark R. Bayci, Caldwell,
ID. Mary is enrolled at Gonzaga University’s “Gonzaga-in-Florence” program in
Italy. She plans to major in political science with a minor in business and
international relations. She received a $1,000 scholarship award.
Andrew R. McHendry is the son of member Matt McHendry, Louisville,
KY. Andrew is enrolled at Auburn University in Auburn, AL, and plans to major
in aerospace engineering. He received a $1,000 scholarship award.
Kaitlin Siobhan Miller is the daughter of member Wayne A. Miller,
Loveland, OH. Kaitlin is enrolled at Indiana University in Bloomington where
she plans to pursue a double major in journalism and political science. She
received a $1,000 scholarship award.
Megan P. Watson is the granddaughter of member Charles Stocker,
Ada, OH. Megan is enrolled at Ohio Northern University in Ada and plans to
major in pediatric medicine. She received a $1,000 scholarship award.
The OOIDA Scholarship Program
was established to aid the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of
OOIDA members. Awarded scholarships are renewable for three additional years.
Tax-deductible donations to the OOIDA Scholarship Program can be sent to: OOIDA
Foundation Inc., 1 NW OOIDA Drive, Grain Valley, MO 64029.
THE WINNING ESSAY
The Impact of the Trucking
By Kevin M. McCoy
If my father has only passed on
one thing to me in his lifetime, it’s how to work hard. My father is a man who
leads through example and he’s the hardest working man I’ve ever met. While
most of my friends’ fathers leave at eight in the morning and return at six in
the evening Monday through Friday, an average work week for my father is to
leave at three in the morning on Monday and return either Saturday night or
Sunday morning, only to leave again Monday morning. Although it does bother me
that I don’t get to spend that much time with my father, I do realize that he
does it all for me.
My father has one goal in his
life, and that is to be able to put me through the best college that I am
admitted to. He has always stressed to me how important school work is and how
it can open up so many opportunities for me. I’ve never seen him so excited
until recently when I started receiving my college acceptances; he’s so proud
Every time I hear him talking
to a friend on the phone I can hear him bragging about me. It never seems to
get old to him. He insists that I attend the best college even if it is
expensive, promising that he’ll take care of it. I know he means well, but I’m
not sure if he can afford such an investment. Not only does he care for his own
family, but he supports his mother and his sister and her two children as well.
I really admire my father and
all I want to do is make it easier for him. That’s why I’ve been working very
hard in school so I can get all the scholarships within my reach and at work to
take a little of the stress off of my dad.
As for my educational
aspirations, my goal is to become a mechanical engineer with a concentration in
automotive technology. I want to design trucks that are more efficient and more
comfortable for the great people like my father who spend the majority of their
lives driving to support their family.
I’ve always loved cars and
trucks since I was little and have always questioned how they work and how they
are made. I’ve been working on my father’s truck with him since I was old
enough to hold a wrench and every piece of reading material I own is related to
cars, trucks, or the science behind them.
This past summer I spent the
month of July at Rutgers University attending the NJ Governor’s School of
Engineering and Technology, which was a free program for the top 100
engineering bound high school juniors in the state. Those four weeks were
unforgettable and further assured me that engineering is the career route I
want to take. I’ve always been one to work hard to achieve a goal and I plan on
continuing that mind set in college.