St. Christopher scholarship deadline extended to March 1

| Thursday, January 24, 2013

Truckers who can no longer drive for health reasons need to find some other means to support their families. The St. Christopher Truckers Development & Relief Fund, with financial support from TBS Factoring Service of Oklahoma City, a family business serving independent truckers, has created the TBS Factoring Service Trade School Scholarship to address this important need.

The $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to a former professional truck driver who is no longer able to drive professionally due to medical problems. The scholarship application deadline has been extended to March 1.

The SCF Board of Directors will oversee the scholarship and allocate the $10,000 to the trade school of the chosen applicant, upon confirmation of enrollment. The scholarship winner will be announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show, March 22, 2013.

Dr. Donna Kennedy, executive director of the SCF, stated that “We often have applicants who will never be able to drive again due to a medical condition, such as being an insulin-dependent diabetic. However, these individuals are fully capable of earning a living by other means. We want to help them along by offering an opportunity to go to school to learn another trade. We are excited to be able to broaden our mission of helping drivers in need.”

The SCF was founded in late 2007 as a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. The SCF’s mission is to provide assistance to professional truck drivers whose medical problems have led to financial hardship. The SCF also conducts health research to benefit professional drivers and the trucking industry. To date, the fund has been able to provide more than $322,700 in financial assistance to more than 714 drivers. Assistance has been in the form of direct payment for household expenses, prescriptions and medical bills.

The TBS family ownership group has over 50 years experience serving independent truckers. TBS Factoring Service LLC, based in Oklahoma City, is a freight bill factoring company created in 2004. Founded in 1968 as Truckers Bookkeeping Service, the family-owned company provided permitting and fuel tax reporting services.

For more information about the SCF or to make a donation, visit truckersfund.org, send a letter to P.O. Box 30763, Knoxville, TN 37930, call 865-202-9428, or send an email to truckersfund@gmail.com.

For more information about TBS Factoring Service, visit their website at tbsfactoring.com or call 800-207-7661.

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