The Arkansas Trucking Association recently awarded scholarships to three graduating seniors at a time when an increased number of truckers are entering the field and technical support is needed. The young adults each receive a $7,500 scholarship from the Carl Tapp Memorial Scholarship Fund, applicable towards tuition and educational expenses.
“Americans have come to appreciate full shelves and all of our needs and wants being delivered to our doorsteps. Skilled technicians keep the trucks running, the wheels turning, ensuring safe and timely delivery for all of us,” Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton reportedly said. “It’s my honor to welcome this year’s scholarship recipients into our industry. I’m excited about their opportunity to access training and pursue successful careers.”
The following Arkansas high school graduates earned the scholarships.
- Colton Bell of Harrison: The Harrison High School graduate was active in FFA, captain of the Electric CDE program, and studied mechanical, technical, and OSHA curriculum. He also worked part-time as a diesel mechanic assistant at Distribution Solutions.
- Cole Goodeaux of Hot Springs: Graduating from Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Goodeaux won the 2021 Lakeside Wrestling Leadership Award while also taking automotive courses at the ASU Three Rivers Career Center in Malvern. He twice earned a “Golden Wrench” award and finished first at Arkansas’ Skills USA 2021 state championship.
- Will Wade of Sherwood, Arkansas: The Lakeside High School graduate plans to attend ASU-Beebe. He took automotive repair courses at National Park College while still in high school.
“It is truly an honor to be able to award these scholarships while paying tribute to Carl’s memory,” scholarship founding member Kenneth Calhoun reportedly said. “Once again, the candidates were so strong that the committee could not decide on just two recipients. It is encouraging for our future knowing that these gentlemen will be joining our industry and supporting the equipment that moves, well, everything.”
The trucking technology scholarships were made possible by the generous donations and support of the following organizations: ABF Freight, ArcBest, Bruce Purkey, DAVCO Technology, Doggett Freightliner of Arkansas, FleetNet America, Hoover Family, Inland PacLease, Kenneth Calhoun, Maverick Transportation, McConnell & Son, McKee Foods Transportation, MHC Kenworth Leasing, NorCal PacLease, PACCAR, PACCAR Leasing Company, PacLease Dallas, Pressure Systems International, Southland PacLease, Summit Truck Group, TechForce Foundation, The Tapp Family, TLG Peterbilt, Truck Centers of Arkansas, Truck-Lite Co., University of Central Arkansas and Walt Luethy.