TCA Scholarship Fund Awards More than $160,000 to its 2022-23 Recipients — Meet the Winners


55 students – ranging from high school seniors to college seniors – receive assistance up to $6,250


The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA), the only trade association whose sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry, today named its 2022-23 TCA Scholarship Fund recipients.

“What makes the TCA Scholarship Fund so special is the fact that it is funded by the proud and generous people of the trucking industry,” said the Fund’s Chairman and American Central Transport’s Sr. Vice President Bob Kretsinger. “Whether it’s through fundraisers, company and/or individual donations, the Fund has been awarding scholarships for nearly 50 years. This year we had an outstanding number of applications, yet we were still able to award nearly 25% of all applicants with a scholarship.”

Since 1973, the Fund has been providing scholarships to students associated with the trucking industry. Each scholarship recipient must be a student in good standing attending a four-year college or university and must be associated with a TCA member company as an employee, independent contractor, or the child, grandchild, or spouse of an employee or independent contractor of a TCA member company.

The Fund awards its scholarships without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or genetic information.

Again this year, the application process was managed by the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC). A selection committee, established by OFIC, scored the applicants, taking into considering the applicant’s GPA, major, extracurricular activities, hours worked, and more.

This school year, 19 high school seniors, 15 college freshman, 11 college sophomores, 7 college juniors, and 3 college seniors were awarded scholarships totaling more than $160,000. Recipients span across the United States and Canada with Wisconsin leading the way with eight recipients.

Additionally, the Fund is excited to announce a new, fully-endowed Past Chairmen’s Fund scholarship — the Tom Kretsinger, Jr. Scholarship. Kretsinger served as TCA’s Chairman from 2013 to 2014.

In order for a TCA Past Chairman to have a fully-endowed scholarship in their name, their Past Chairmen’s Fund is required to receive $50,000 in donations.

The inaugural recipient of the scholarship, in the amount of $3,250, is Anthony Ciraulo whose father works at Werner Enterprises based in Omaha, Nebraska. Ciraulo will be a college senior at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and is majoring in accounting.

Congratulations to this year’s scholarship recipients:

Tristan Schelvan
H.O. Wolding
NAIT Scholarship – $6,250

Rae Ballinger
H.O Wolding
John Kaburick Scholarship – $4,500

Alexandra Wayne
Brown Trucking Company
Kai Norris Scholarship – $3,250

Joshua Short
Cargo Transporters, Inc.
Darrel Clark Wilson III Scholarship – $3,250

Mallory Beamer
Dutch Maid Logistics
Thomas Welby Scholarship – $3,250

Jared Anderson
deBoer Transportation, Inc.
Stoney Reese Stubbs Scholarship – $3,250

Cade Walder
Nussbaum Transportation
Robert Low Scholarship – $3,250

Amy Pitzel
Bison Transport
Robert D. Penner Scholarship – $3,250

Landry Kirsling
H.O. Wolding
Thomas R. Schilli Scholarship – $3,250

Connor Gates
Prime Inc.
Thomas R. Schilli Scholarship – $3,250

Nathan Gariepy
Load One, LLC
Keith Tuttle Scholarship – $3,250

Anthony Ciraulo
Werner Enterprises
Tom Kretsinger, Jr. Scholarship – $3,250

The following have been awarded $2,725 for the 2022-23 school year:

Elizabeth Wilhelm — Hirschbach Motor Lines
Toby Plattner — Nussbaum Transportation
Parker Litterick — Warren Transport, Inc.
Jack Thompson — Cheema Freightlines, LLC
Jocelyn Calderon — Whiteline Express, Ltd.
Isabella Makowske – Dart Transit Company
Olivia Thompson — Cheema Freightlines, LLC
Keylan Newton — Covenant Transport Services
Megan Rogers — Don Hummer Trucking Corp.
Martina Tolhurst — Bison Transport
Isabella McDaniel — Buchanan Hauling & Rigging
Emily Dudaitis — E and V Services, Inc.
Annika Waltenberg — H.O. Wolding
Chase Forwerck — Keller Logistics, LLC
Nicholas Farrell — Load One, LLC
Jack Rogers — Don Hummer Trucking Corp.
Chloe Smith — Barber Trucking, Inc.
Courtney Street — Wilson Logistics
Tanner Nelson — Bay & Bay
Skyler Seybold — Prime Inc.
Kylie Woods — Woods Transportation LLC
Alyssa Kirsling — H.O. Wolding
Nathan Stice — CFI
Rylee Deckard — Prime Inc.
Natalie Houser — Daseke – Boyd Bros Transportation Inc.
Mason Jenkins — Doug Andrus Distributing LLC
Andrew Goble — DMC Insurance
Victoria Freeman — U.S. Xpress, Inc.
Jacob Moore — Covenant Logistics
Molly Nugent — R.E. Garrison Trucking
James Floyd — KLLM Transport Services
Kaden Buatte — Prime Inc.
Genesis Drake — Cargo Transporters, Inc.
Kelsey Fullenkamp — Whiteline Express, Ltd.
Eva Whang — Veriha Trucking
Ariel Swerlein — Classic Carriers, Inc.
Kylie Wenger — Wilson Logistics
Jaida Ndungu — USA Truck, Inc.
Seth Bose — K & J Trucking
Theresa Stephens — McLeod Software
Kelsey McGaughey — PGT Trucking, Inc.
Jackson Smith — Arctic Express
Benay Taylor — Prime Inc.

TCA congratulates this year’s recipients. To learn more about the TCA Scholarship Fund, or for information on how you can donate to the Past Chairmen’s Fund, visit