WIT Scholarship Recipients

The Women In Trucking Foundation is proud to celebrate these recipients of its first-round 2018 scholarships. The categories of scholarship are noted - Leadership, Driving, Safety and Technical. Read the press release here.   

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PERLA ACUÑA - UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PLATTEVILLE - LEADERSHIP

Jan Hamblin Award Recipient

This program will prepare me to be a leader in the field of procurement and logistics with consideration given to sustainability. My long-term career objective is to become a procurement and logistics manager within the field of renewable energy, particularly in the sector of wind-powered energy. I believe it is our duty to make the future of our environment better for those that come after us. Most wind turbines are transported using 18-wheeler trucks, so I will be spending a lot of time learning about the trucking industry and working closely with members of this community.

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Collen Hardy, Universal Technical Institute - TechnicaL
Ryder Recipient

I am definitely committed to a long career in the trucking industry because I love what I do! When you wake up every day and love to go into work - that doesn't get any better. I was a local CDL driver for ten years but wanted something different. I knew I loved driving trucks, so I decided to go to school and learn how to repair them. Once again, I’m doing something I love every day. Trucking has been good to me and my family, it's a recession proof career and I love it!

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Aaliyah Jatta, University of Memphis -  Leadership

I am committed to a career in the trucking industry because trucking is a key component of transporting goods in this country. My grandfather has been a trucker for 40 years, and I believe that through this industry I can help to positively impact trucking in a way that makes the field more productive and cost effective. In my senior year of college, I plan to get an internship at a company where I can get real world experience in the supply chain management industry, and I graduate, I want to get a position as a materials and purchasing specialist or as a logistics coordinator.

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Yolanda Martindale, Mitchell Technical School - Driving
sandy long award  

My love of traveling comes from my dad, who was in the U.S. Navy. Every two years we would move, and I enjoyed seeing and learning new things. I started my journey in professional truck driving in January 2018, and I know I’ve made the right choice in my career. I get to earn a paycheck doing what I love and visiting new places. My children and grandchildren are so supportive support me fulfilling my dream. And I’m changing the stereotype that truckers are men – here I am, along with many more professional women drivers! 

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Deborah Young, Waukesha Technical College - Driving
ryder recipient

I have always had the dream of becoming a truck driver, but the timing was never right until now. My family is so supportive of my decision, and I’m doing very well in my training. I’ve always been a hard worker, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to be a driver in this industry. My family is proud of me, and I’m getting to better my life and the lives of my family members. 

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HALEY AMAN, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH - SAFETY

My connection to the trucking industry started with dad, who has been a UPS truck driver for more than 22 years. The trucking industry is rapidly growing with the increased on-line shopping and the demands for quick, overnight deliveries. Unhealthy employees cost companies money. Healthy employees lower the risks of work-related illnesses, sick time, insurance costs, stress, and low morale. I am committed to continuing to improve the health and wellness of the staff working in the trucking industry.  The demands, long hours, and toll on the mind and body are intense and we need to make resources available for them to access.

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Lorynn Hunt, Ohio Technical College - Technical

There are circumstances in all of our lives that push our limits of commitment, and being involved in the automotive and trucking industry is one. My ambitions for this career have flourished into a devoting love for my career path that no longer feels like a commitment but an everyday part of my life. I’ve longed for my chance to empower women through the automotive industry and advance my skills to the next level. By being awarded the Women In Trucking scholarship, I can take that first step with confidence and expand my future.

 
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Muqing Li, University of Wisconsin – Superior - Leadership
ryder recipient

Transportation has been a critical part of economic, political, and social development for hundreds of years. I love the trucking industry because it is a fast-paced people business that requires good communication. It’s also experiencing some big challenges that will require innovation for the future. Last summer I conducted research on automated trucking safety regulations. I enjoyed it so much and I plan to do my internship with a trucking company. This scholarship will not only help me finish my degree but also supports my decision to choose the transportation industry for my career. 

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Ann Mary Myers, University of Washington - Leadership

I am a passionate engineer and a leader in product development in my role as a Vehicle Integration - Project Engineer. I help define the control functions for the world’s best trucks. To complement my expertise in engineering and to understand business better I feel the need to expand my knowledge by learning more about operations, product management, financial planning and strategy. The scholarship is a great recognition and will be a huge help in easing the financial burden and will help me achieve my goal

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Kathy George, University of Wisconsin Platteville - Leadership

As manufacturing looks to become leaner to better compete in a global economy, transportation and logistics become more of an important factor in staying competitive. I have a keen desire to learn as much as I can about logistics and transportation and acquire a job as a logistics manager. The trucking industry in the U.S. is more important than ever as we look to get our products quicker and with more competitive costs. This award will help me focus on logistics as a career path and again prove that women can and will make a difference in the trucking industry!

 

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Adrianna Isbell, University of Memphis - Technical

Even as a small child, I’ve always been fascinated by traffic. As a high school student, I was always trying to find new and more efficient routes to get to places. Now as an engineering student, I plan on concentrating in transportation engineering so that I can better achieve my goals of traffic planning and design. The field of transportation is more important than ever because its impact is so vast.  This award will help me graduate with a degree in civil engineering with a concentration in transportation engineering.

 
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Sarah Long, Aisling Trucking Academy - Driving
ryder recipient

I’ve thought about driving 18-wheelers since I was five years old. I’ve worked in male-dominated fields for most of my career. I was the first female maintenance mechanic at a facility where I earned the respect of my male counterparts with my determination to learn and never give up when challenges arose. I want to be an example of what women can, and should be, to the trucking industry. I have a fire lit in me and am driven to be the very best at this.  

 
 
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Kristin Steiner, University of Wisconsin- Superior - Leadership ryder recipient

Growing up in rural northern Wisconsin, I always traveled long distances to get anywhere. Seeing so many types of transportation on these trips sparked my love for all things that move. This fascination with transportation led me to enroll in the Transportation and Logistics Management program. I’m receiving top-notch education from professors with first-hand experience in the industry. I’ve attended the Women in Trucking Conference twice! I can see the growth  occurring in the industry and I am so excited to be a part of this dynamic community.