TRALA Funding Vocational Scholarship Program for Truck Industry
Alexandria, VA – March 14, 2012 – The Truck Renting and Leasing Association announced the launch of its new TRALA Industry Scholarship Program this week during its Annual Meeting. The new program will annually award up to four $2500 scholarships for use by students pursuing a course of study relating to the truck transportation industry at an accredited vocational program. Courses of study may include, but are not limited to, Heavy Duty Truck Technology, Diesel Technology, Industrial Mechanics and Medium/Heavy Vehicle Technology.
The TRALA Industry Scholarship Program scholarship will be open to employees of TRALA member companies and their children and dependents. There is no age limit for applicants and military veterans will be encouraged to participate.
“The truck renting and leasing industry prides itself on having the best maintenance technicians in the business,” said TRALA President and CEO Tom James. “The Industry Scholarship Program will help to insure that the most promising vocational students have an opportunity to pursue their career study regardless of their financial means,” said James.
TRALA's new Industry Scholarship Program comes at a time when the truck transportation industry is experiencing a growing shortage of qualified workers, particularly vehicle and engine maintenance technicians. At the same time, new and complex vehicle and engine technologies are increasing the demand for highly skilled technicians.
“This is the right program at the right time for our industry,” said TRALA Chairman Terry Dubowick. “We are proud to be part of the solution by providing opportunity for vocational students while meeting an important need for truck renting and leasing companies,” said Dubowick.
Applications for the TRALA Industry Scholarship will be accepted on a year-round basis. Scholarships will be awarded twice a year.
TRALA, based in Alexandria, VA, is a voluntary, non-profit national trade association, organized in 1978 to provide a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry. TRALA's membership includes more than 500 leasing and rental firms and 100 suppliers that make up nearly the entire truck renting and leasing industry. The renting and leasing industry is responsible for approximately 35 percent of all new Class 3 through 8 commercial truck registrations.