Every year since the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Program started in 1998, descendants of truck drivers have received funds to go toward the pursuit of higher education.
During its two decades of existence, the program has contributed $315,000 to 100 awardees, who are the children, grandchildren and legal dependents of OOIDA members.
Applications and all required materials for the 2019 scholarships must be postmarked no later than Feb. 1.
Each year, one $2,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships are awarded. An alternate is also named each year. The funds are transferred directly to the student’s selected institution and can be renewed for a total of four years.
The funds can be used for tuition or any legitimate school-related expenses.
Go online for PDF versions of the cover letter and application. Each student must submit an application, a 500-word essay on the topic indicated on the application, and a transcript from high school or from an institution of higher learning.
Information about the scholarship fund and application process is also available on the OOIDA tour truck, The Spirit of the American Trucker.
The recipients are selected in a blind evaluation conducted by the OOIDA Scholarship Advisory Committee.
Winners will be notified by a letter after OOIDA’s spring board meeting. OOIDA will verify enrollment and deposit the funds directly into the student’s account at the college or technical school of his or her choice. Funds will be available in the first week of August for each year.
You can learn more about the scholarship program here.
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