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.   

Fall 2018 Recipients

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Tiffany cavazos - leadership
Ryder recipient

The most fulfilling part of being in this industry is seeing the product I help design on the road every day. It’s hard not to smile knowing that you have input on such an important vehicle in society. I am committed to a career in trucking because of the people this industry helps every day and the sense of pride I feel every time I see a truck driving down the highway.


Arianna duran - technical
Ryder recipient

Going back to school was a hard choice; knowing I was going to be away from my son a lot more, I knew this was a career that would be extremely rewarding. I took my tour at Universal Technical Institute and fell in love. I'm the type of gal that likes a challenge and solving even the most difficult problems. I strive for success in everything I do and cannot wait to see the opportunities that unfold.


Kelly Kirkpatrick - Leadership

Trucking keeps our economy thriving; the importance of it cannot be overstated. I enjoy learning the history of trucking, the laws associated with it, and new trends. This constant learning assists me in my job as a Freight Cost Auditor with American Truck & Rail Audits. I enjoy coming to work every day and serving our clients.

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Delana skinner - Leadership

Peterbilt is my first corporate related job and I truly love it here. I've never been apart of such a large work family with so many opportunities. I have chosen a career in trucking because everyday there's something new to learn. I truly enjoy my job helping customers and working to resolve any issues involving their trucks. The trucking industry has opened so many doors for women and I'm excited to see where my career could go.


Alison Tyree - Technical

I’m committed to my career in trucking because I want to follow in my dad’s footsteps and make my name known like he did in my home town. I’ve always been a truck girl, it’s my passion. I had a lot of people saying this is a man’s career and I should be doing something else. I’m glad I didn’t listen.


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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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Bridget Colligan - driving
Ryder recipient

For 36 years I was not happy sitting behind a desk. Then I had an opportunity to pursue trucking to the fullest, driving! The decision I made to get my CDL and go over the road was the easiest decision I ever made. Not only do I appreciate the trucks, the purpose of trucking, but also paving the way for females in this industry.

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amelia friesen - leadership

Now that I am in the trucking industry, I can't imagine being anywhere else. The friendships I have made will last a lifetime. 
I am a big people person, and working in Customer Service allows me to interact with dealers and customers on a daily basis. I know that this is the right career for me, and I can't wait to see where it leads!

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Juliann Page - Driving

I’m committed to the trucking industry because I am seeking a better life for myself and my family. Truck Driving will provide for that better life and allow me to save for our future, including retirement. I have spent a great number of years in my life trying to find a career I can enjoy and that fits my personality. I believe Truck Driving is the answer.

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Hallie spetnagel - leadership

I’m committed to this industry because is an industry that is so diverse yet inclusive to all and promotes a healthy environment of growth, accomplishments, and pride. I must admit I had reservations that women are not welcome in the truck world but from my experience, that could not be farther from the truth. I have never worked in an industry that was more inclusive and where women thrived on helping other women succeed.


Cassandra Voorhees - Technical Ryder recipient

I have always had a love of trucks, trains, and cars. I am fascinated with the power these vehicles have, and I want to be a part of what makes them so spectacular! Trucks mean so much for the way our society functions. I want to make sure that our trucks stay on the road and function properly and safely.


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My connection to the trucking industry started with my 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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Gina Duff - Leadership

Trucking is one of the most overlooked and undervalued careers is society today. As a Supply Chain Management major, I have learned about new technological advancements and the increase in outsourcing in society today. Despite these changes, trucking will always be an essential part of the supply chain.

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Rebecca Johnson - Driving
Ryder recipient

I have chosen to start my career in trucking for a new challenge and to learn new skills.  I enjoy the freedom on the road and being a part of the logistics in business.  The trucking industry is in high demand for skilled and safe drivers.  It is my hope to acquire the skills, knowledge and driving experience to become a highly skilled and safe driver in the industry and inspire other women.

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Maritza sanchez - Technical

I've always had a passion to be able to fix vehicles. I've always wanted to be a mechanic ever since I was little and now I can follow my dreams in doing so. I love to work with my hands and I have always wanted to learn to fix cars and trucks. I plan to graduate from my core program then attend the Freightliner program to get a head start with my career.

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Pamela Stone - Leadership

I decided at the ripe old age of 55 to go back to school and get my education and I found my niche. I have been back in school for five semesters now. It is not as easy but I have maintained a 4.0 average and am determined to complete my Bachelors in Business and work at CRST until I retire.  I even married a truck driver! I started out at the bottom and have worked my way into middle management.

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Mary Zahorsky - Safety

Originally, I became a truck driver out of necessity. As I moved from truck driver, to dispatcher, to planner, to marketer, and finally to safety I have been able to learn valuable life lessons at each step.I believe that anyone who regularly recognizes and lives their personal values will, in turn, be happier, more successful and will ultimately make the roads a safer place for everyone.

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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.


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.  


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.