TCA Scholarship Fund

Since 1973, the TCA Scholarship Fund has been helping students with connections to the truckload industry. The Fund awards up to $6,250 per year, per full-time undergraduate college student and up to $2,000 for students attending 2-year colleges. Much of our program’s support comes from within the truckload family—companies and individuals who are committed to our community’s future.

Application Process

The online 2024 application period will open on April 3, 2024. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. EST, Friday, May 24, 2024.

The online application is hosted and administered by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Scholarship Management Resources (SMR). All inquiries — such as how to apply, where to send course schedule and transcripts, etc. — will be answered by a SMR representative. Email them directly at

Any student in good standing (minimum grade point average of 3.0) who will be pursuing an initial degree at an accredited, two-year or four-year college or university in the United States or Canada as a full-time freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior and who is either:

  • the child, grandchild, or spouse of an employee of a TCA member company;

  • the child, grandchild, or spouse of an independent contractor or an independent contractor affiliated with a TCA member company;

  • a current employee of a TCA member company.

The recipient of a TCA scholarship must show financial need, show scholastic achievement, maintain full-time student status, and be an individual of high character and integrity. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, equal pay, disability or genetic information.

Scholarship Management Resources (SMR) is administering this program for TCA Scholarship Fund. Scholarship recipients will be chosen by SMR selection committee with consideration for applicant’s academic attainment/potential, financial need, major area of study, application content and effort, extra-curricular activities, and letter of recommendation.

TCA Scholarship Fund has partnered with SMR, an independent scholarship services provider, to establish and administer this scholarship program, including selecting the recipients. This ensures the selection process is fair and objective based on the criteria above.

Applicants will receive decisions at the end of June. Scholarships will be distributed to recipients’ campuses in July, as long as course schedules have been submitted.

The online application will be open from April 3, 2024 through May 24, 2024 and is available at this link:

The online application is hosted and administered by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Scholarship Management Resources (SMR). All inquiries — such as how to apply, where to send course schedule and transcripts, etc. — will be answered by a SMR representative. Email them directly at  Apply for a scholarship at link

  • The total amount of the scholarship typically ranges from $2,725 to $6,250 for students attending four-year institutions and up to $2,000 for students attending two-year institutions.

  • A scholarship check will be mailed directly to the college or university on behalf of the student. Scholarship monies are to be used for tuition purposes only.

  • If a student is deemed a recipient, the total scholarship award amount will be disbursed on a per-semester basis. The first half will be made prior to the fall semester* and will be renewed for the second semester upon the demonstration of good academic standing and continued enrollment by the recipient.

    *To receive the initial disbursement, recipient must provide transcript from the prior academic year and Fall course schedule when applying. To receive second disbursement, recipient must provide Fall transcript and Spring course schedule.

  • The scholarship will not be renewed automatically; however, scholars may apply again if they maintain eligibility.

Interested in helping students with ties to the truckload industry reach their dreams? Donate to the TCA Scholarship Fund, today!


Mail a check payable to the “TCA Scholarship Fund” and send to:

Truckload Carriers Association
P.O. Box 76026
Baltimore, MD 21275-6026

Please email so that we can send you a personal Thank You note and acknowledgement letter.

Or, make a donation via the TCA website:

Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Calling all TCA members!

Interested in helping to advance TCA’s successful scholarship program? Consider becoming a TCA Scholarship Fund Trustee!

Among other roles, the Trustees help to fundraise and judge the application submissions each Spring. Email to express interest and to learn more.

In addition to the standard TCA Scholarship of $2,725, the Fund awards seven larger scholarships named after significant contributors to the Fund, as well as Past Chairmen whose scholarship funds have achieved at least $50,000 in donations.

Robert D. Penner Scholarship


Two Thomas R. Schilli Scholarships

$3,250 each

Keith Tuttle Scholarship


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Listen to Recent Segment

On a recent segment of TCA’s “Load ’em Up, Move ’em Out” on the Dave Nemo Show (SiriusXM Channel 146),  TCA Scholarship Fund Chairman and Wilson Logistics’ Founder and CEO, Darrel Wilson, and TCA’s Senior Director of Outreach & Engagement Marli Hall, joined Jimmy Mac to talk all things TCA scholarship such as eligibility and rules, as well as the history of the Fund and how those in industry can get involved.