The TCA Scholarship Fund Bestows its Newest Named Scholarships: Thomas R. Schilli Scholarships and a Keith Tuttle Scholarship


The TCA Scholarship Fund has endowed its newest named scholarships: Thomas R. Schilli Scholarships and a Keith Tuttle Scholarship



During Truckload 2021: Las Vegas’ Board of Directors’ Meeting, TCA President John Lyboldt shared that the TCA Scholarship Fund was pleased to announce the endowment of three new scholarships named in honor of past TCA chairmen, Keith Tuttle and the late Thomas R. Schilli.

These scholarships, part of the larger Past Chairmen’s Fund Scholarship initiative, have been endowed through generous donations to honor the distinguished careers of two longstanding pillars of our industry and association.

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.

Schilli served as chairman of the board of TCA from 1988-1989, during which time he was one of the most vocal supporters of a Scholarship Fund promoting the future of the trucking industry. This type of innovative, people-first thinking carried over into all aspects of his 50+ year career and enabled him to transform Schilli Motor Lines, Inc. – a company which his father founded in the early 60’s with six tractors – into an influential transportation empire with companies ranging from Schilli Transportation Services, Inc., Schilli Leasing, Schilli Specialized, to Schilli Distribution.

In addition to serving as TCA’s chairman, Schilli held leadership positions within the Indiana Motor Truck Association, Indiana Carrier Advisory Board, and the American Trucking Associations. He was also deeply invested in charitable organizations around his hometown of St. Louis, establishing the Thomas R. Schilli Foundation to promote education and provide funds for community members to pursue higher education and equip them with valuable skills.

Receiving the two inaugural Thomas R. Schilli Scholarships, each in the amount of $3,250, are Grace Hensley and Jacob Hammond.

Tuttle served as chairman of the TCA board from 2015-2016 after having been an active participant in many TCA committees and twice serving as its treasurer. In 1980, Tuttle took over the Northwood, Ohio-based Motor Carrier Service, LLC (MCS) from his father and under Tuttle’s leadership, MCS was named a Top 20 Best Fleet to Drive For five consecutive years, as well as being named Carrier of the Year by several of the Fortune 500 companies that use its services.

During Tuttle’s chairmanship, he was a vocal advocate for the image of our industry – having previously served on TCA’s Communications & Image Committee and American Trucking Associations’ Image & Communications committees. He enhanced the profile and visibility of trucking through increased participation in programs such as Highway Angel, Wreaths Across America, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s The Wall that Heals. He also advocated for more focus on TCA’s educational offerings, realizing the value that continuing education for our workforce could provide, and oversaw the launch and expansion of revamped TCA online learning platforms.

Tuttle is also involved in many charitable organizations and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Shriner’s Hospitals For Children-Chicago.

The inaugural Keith Tuttle scholarship will be awarded during the 2022-23 school year.

“TCA and I are extremely honored to receive this support from the Schilli family and Keith,” shared TCA Scholarship Fund Chairman and Wilson Logistics Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Darrel Wilson. “They not only served the association and devoted their lives to the industry, but continue to give back. We are thankful for their continued support.”

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 up to $6,250 per year to full-time undergraduate college students with ties to our industry. Much of our program’s support comes from within the truckload family—companies and individuals who are committed to our community’s future.

To learn more about how you can support the program, or to meet our 2021-22 TCA Scholarship recipients, visit