In the 12 years that the OOIDA-Mary Johnston Scholarship program has been in existence, more than 55 students have received financial assistance to help them achieve their dreams of going on to college or trade school.
A few months ago, the scholarship committee decided to check in with previous winners and was amazed by the impressive career paths many have taken since receiving their scholarships. Here are some of their stories.
Those planning to apply for a scholarship through the OOIDA Foundation have only a few more weeks to submit their applications because scholarship applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 1.
The committee is currently accepting applications and will award five more scholarships for the 2011-2012 school year.
Those eligible for the scholarships include the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of dues-paying OOIDA members.
The first-place scholarship winner will receive a $2,000 award, and another four winners will receive $1,000 scholarships that can be renewed for up to four years of school.
Scholarship winners are selected based on grades, extracurricular activities, and a 500-word essay based on the following three questions:
- List and discuss three positive aspects of the influence of the trucker in your life;
- How does your choice of an educational goal utilize the strongest attributes of your personality; and
- Formulate a helpful suggestion on how to improve the public image of professional truck drivers.
For more information, call Denise Volmer at OOIDA HQ at 816-229-5791 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.