OOIDA Foundation selects 2005 scholarship winners

| Monday, August 01, 2005

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 Industry

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 of me.

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.

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