TXTA Foundation Pledges $50,000 to Trucking Moves America Forward
Washington, DC – [December 2, 2014] – Today, the Texas Trucking Association Foundation announced a $50,000 financial contribution to Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF) over the next five years.
Trustees voted on the proposal to support Trucking Moves America Forward in November and believe the campaign fits seamlessly with their mission. This move to educate the public and promote trucking comes on the heels of the release of the 2015/2016 Foundation Scholarship applications.
“Trucking Moves America Forward is an educational tool that will not only further the understanding of our industry, but will also ignite a passion in others for what we do,” said TXTA President and CEO John D. Esparza. “Our country is defined by the hard working men and women who travel our highways and byways delivering goods. We want to help spread that good message of safety and critical support.”
TMAF – launched in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY – is an industry-wide image and internal education initiative informing policy makers, motorists and the public about the benefits of the trucking industry to help build a groundswell of political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry.
“A primary goal of Trucking Moves America Forward is to educate the public, as well as, our policymakers on the importance of trucking to our nation,” said Kevin Burch, TMAF vice chair and president of Jet Express. “TMAF’s partnership with the Texas Trucking Association Foundation is just another way to spread our message. We are very appreciative to have the support of one of the largest trucking associations in the country behind the TMAF movement.”
TMAF has been bolstered by significant financial contributions from the Allied Committee for the Trucking Industry (ATA), Old Dominion Freight Lines, Great West Casualty Company, Pilot Flying J, Trucking Associations Executive Council and Jack Cooper Transport. TMAF has also received support from industry leaders such as National Tank Truck Carriers, National Auto Dealers Association and Truckload Carriers Association, and in-kind donations from Randall-Reilly, Transport Topics, Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Overdrive Magazine, Commercial Carrier Journal and Heavy Duty Trucking.
To join the movement, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com
About the Texas Trucking Association Foundation
The TXTA Foundation is the educational arm of the Texas Trucking Association, which was founded in 1932 and is based in Austin, Texas.
Texas Trucking Association Foundation, founded in 1978, is charged with funding educational opportunities and promoting Texas trucking. Since 1994, the foundation has awarded 331 scholarships totaling $921,800 to 262 individuals, representing 111 technical school, colleges and universities.
The TXTA Foundation has given more than a million dollars in educational assistance to hundreds of students pursuing degrees from technical colleges to post graduate institutions. Just last year, the foundation awarded $108,500 to 30 deserving students. These students, all associated with Texas trucking through TXTA member companies, attend colleges across the nation and many find their way back to the trucking industry after graduation.
To be eligible, applicants must be an employee of a TXTA member company or be the dependent or grandchild of a TXTA member company, and be enrolled full-time (12 hours for undergraduate degrees, 9 hours for graduate degrees). AN online application can be found on the TXTA website at www.texastrucking.com or http://www.texastrucking.com/txta/pdf/scholarship.pdf
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TXTA President and CEO John D. Esparza presents a check from the Texas Trucking Association Foundation to Trucking Moves America Forward.
About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, go to www.truckingmovesamerica.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/TruckingFWD), or follow @TruckingFWD on Twitter.
Founding members of the movement include: ACT1, Allison Transmission, American Trucking Associations (ATA), Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Bridgestone Commercial Solutions, Bulldog Hiway Express, Castrol Heavy Duty Lubricants, Combined Transport, Inc., Cummins Inc., Daimler Trucks North America, Dana Holding Corporation, Detroit Diesel Corporation, Eaton Corporation – Roadranger, GE Capital, Goodyear, Great West Casualty Company, Hahn Transportation, Inc., Hendrickson, International, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Jet Express, Inc., Kenworth Truck Company, Longistics, Love’s Travel Stops, Mack Trucks, Inc., Meritor, Michelin, Motor Carrier Service, Inc., Old Dominion Freight Lines, Omnitracs Inc., Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), Pegasus, Peterbilt Motors Company, Pilot Flying J, Randall Reilly, Tennant Truck Lines, Tennessee Express, Inc., TransTech, Trucking Associations Executive Council, Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), TRW and Volvo Trucks.