The names of 12 students who have been awarded scholarships to pursue careers as commercial vehicle mechanics and engineers were published today by the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council. TMC’s Technician & Educator Committee manages the scholarships in collaboration with various technical institutions, industry providers, and organizations.
“Finding innovative solutions to our industry’s ongoing technician shortage is a priority for TMC, and the Council is pleased to be able to partner with WyoTech, Western Technical College, Lincoln Tech, University of Northwest Ohio and SAE to bring these scholarship opportunities to fruition,” said TMC Executive Director Robert Braswell. “These initiatives provide greater choice for deserving scholarship-seeking students looking to prepare for a career as a commercial vehicle technician.”
Each award equals a half-scholarship for a 1,200- to 1,560-hour training program at one of six Lincoln Technical Institute/Lincoln College of Technology schools in Denver, Indianapolis, Nashville, Grand Prairie, Texas, East Windsor, Connecticut, or South Plainfield, New Jersey. Austin Adams of Greensberg, Indiana; Karter Ribble of Plainwell, Michigan; Levi Astrella of Griswold, Connecticut; and Logan Wright of Akron, Colorado were the victors.
Anthony McCarty of Ubly, Michigan, has been awarded the 2023 TMC/University of Northwest Ohio Scholar, which includes a tuition stipend of up to $20,000. Another three students were chosen this year’s TMC/WyoTech Diesel Truck Technician grant recipients, each receiving a partial grant of up to $5,000. Seth Landolt of Tillamook, Oklahoma, Elizabeth Anderson of Continental Divide, New Mexico, and Cesar Ramirez of Deming, New Mexico were the winners.
David Amparan, Jr., of El Paso, Texas, and Samuel Regalado, of Caballo, New Mexico, received the 2023 TEC/Western Tech grant, which is a 50% tuition-only grant of up to $15,256.50 in Western Tech’s AOS Degree Program in Diesel Mechanics/Diesel Technology.
The TMC/SAE Donald D. Dawson Technical Scholarship, which is awarded to students seeking an undergraduate degree in automotive engineering, was also announced by the Council. Brian Edgar of Santa Barbara, California, and John Cassell of Woodstock, Vermont, both received a $1,500 scholarship that can be extended for three years and used for tuition or other incidental school expenses.
A complete list of scholarship rules is featured on the application and can be found on TMC’s website http://tmc.trucking.org. Completed scholarship application packages for 2024 must be received by the TMC office by April 15, 2024 and winners will be notified by May 15, 2024.