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Trucker Group Names its 2015 Mary Johnston Scholarship Recipients

July 6, 2015 By: Trucking News Staff Tags: Image, News, Owner Operators

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has named five top scholars to receive its 2015-2016 Mary Johnston Scholarship.

To apply, students were asked to submit a 500-word reflection essay on how a trucker has influenced their life, the way their educational goals resonate with their personalities and to make suggestions for how OOIDA can improve the public image of the professional truck driver.

Thanks to the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship Fund, more than 80 students have continued their studies in this 15-year legacy. Scholarship awards are available each year for children, grandchildren and legal dependents of OOIDA members. To recognize the value of their hard work, each award is renewable for up to three years.

OOIDA sends a special thanks to Shell Rotella for its continued support. Shell Rotella donated $10,000 to the scholarship fund for the sixth straight year.

The top winner is Chelsea Stokes who was awarded $2,000. She may renew it for another three years for a total of $8,000. Chelsea is the daughter of member Matthew Stokes of St. Charles, Minn. She is currently attending Winona State University, majoring in nursing.

The following students will receive a $1,000 scholarship, also renewable for up to three years:

  • Kaylee Ann Seeds, daughter of OOIDA Member Garrett Smith from Lusk, Wyo., has been accepted to Vernon College in Vernon, Texas. Kaylee’s intended major is pre-veterinarian medicine.
  • Megan J. Hanley, stepdaughter of OOIDA Member Darin W. Hardwick from Wellsville, Mo., has been accepted at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., where she will major in theater or cinema.
  • Meghan Brino, daughter of OOIDA Member Eric Brino from Munford, Tenn., has been accepted at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., with an intended major in biological sciences (pre-veterinarian concentration).
  • Brianna Christine Kunes, granddaughter of OOIDA Life Member Dennis C. Llewellyn of DuBois, Pa., has been accepted at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., where she will be studying pre-med.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association currently has nearly 150,000 members nationwide. OOIDA was established in 1973 and is headquartered in the greater Kansas City, Mo. area.