OOIDA Mary Johnston scholarships: 'It's about our kids and their future'

By Land Line staff | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Board Member Gary Carr, Wayne, Maine, presented a quilt last week to the OOIDA Mary Johnston Memorial Scholarship Fund to be raffled off in order to raise money for the scholarship fund. Carr made the quilt himself by hand; it features an “infinity symbol” design.

The quilt will be on display from now until the OOIDA Spring 2015 Board Meeting in the tour truck. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the tour truck as well. The committee voted to prohibit board members or their spouses from being eligible to win the raffle. The drawing for the raffle will take place at the Spring 2015 board meeting.

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Committee Member Martha Taylor accepts the handmade quilt from Board Member Gary Carr.

The scholarship fund committee met Oct. 9 during the OOIDA Fall Board Meeting at the Association’s Missouri headquarters. Committee Chair Bill Rode, Eagle, Idaho, announced that the scholarship fund has awarded a total of $17,000 in dispersals to scholarship recipients in 2014. He reported that as of October 2014, the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship fund had awarded a total of $257,500 to student beneficiaries of the Association’s fund.

“It’s a program that is really special to the Association,” he said. “It’s about our kids and their future.”

In other scholarship committee news, Board Member Lewie Pugh was voted in as the new co-chair of the committee. He gave a brief report about taking 2014 scholarship winner Colby VanDerslice and the OOIDA tour truck in May to Charlotte, N.C., for Shell Rotella’s SuperRigs truck show.

At the October meeting, board spouses organized a snack sale and cornhole contest that combined raised more than $2,000. Paul Cullen Sr. of The Cullen Law Firm presented the fund with a check for $5,000. Shell Rotella has been a major supporter of the Association’s scholarship fund since 2009. This year, Shell again donated $10,000.

Now accepting apps for 2015
The 2015 OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from students. Children, grandchildren and legal dependents of OOIDA members are eligible for the scholarships.

Founded in 1998, the fund awards five scholarships every year: one $2,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships. Students must submit an application, a 500-word essay on the topic indicated on the application, and transcripts from high school or an institution of higher learning.

All applications must be turned in by Feb. 2, 2015. Winners will be notified by letter after the spring meeting of the OOIDA Board of Directors in 2015. Tax-deductible donations to the OOIDA Scholarship Fund can be sent to OOIDA Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 1000, Grain Valley, Mo., 64029.

For more information, contact Andrew King at 816-229-5791, ext. 1133, or by email to Andrew_King@ooida.com.   

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