TROY, Ill. (April 13, 2012) – After careful review of highly qualified applicants, a committee has reached the difficult decision of determining the recipients of our corporate scholarship program. All Truck Centers, Inc. team members and their dependents were eligible for three awards major awards. While several individuals shined, the passion, dedication and commitment to excellence by a diverse group of students was impressive. In fact, after much deliberation, the Hopkins and Yates families have generously put forth additional special awards.
“On behalf of the TCI management team, I would like to thank all of the applicants for their submissions and congratulate each and every one of them on their impressive accomplishments. It was a difficult task to select the recipients because we had such an amazing pool of individuals who applied and a diverse group of skills, strengths and career paths,” stated executive vice president, Katie Hopkins. “While we gave everyone in last year’s inaugural program $500 towards their academic goals, this year we added three special awards and established a new, recurring program. Again, I would like to express how difficult of a decision it was to select the recipients and once again say we are proud of everyone who applied and encourage them to apply for subsequent programs to help them continue to pursue their dreams.”
After careful review of the application packets including complete academic records, standardized test scores and personal statements along with awards/accomplishments and a letter of recommendation, we are proud to present the 2012 Truck Centers, Inc. Scholarship recipients.
1st Place ($2,000) – David Wiegmann
David is the son of Ron Wiegmann, Service Technician at TCI-Troy. David is a college student at Southwestern Illinois College and will graduate in May 2012 with an Associate’s degree. He has been accepted to Saint Louis University’s Doisy College of Health Sciences for the Fall 2012 term and was awarded a transfer scholarship to pursue his dream of being a physician. While at SWIC, he was on the Dean’s List with a near perfect GPA and was the college men’s basketball team captain. David is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and recipient of the Kahall Award for excellence in academics and athletics. David also boasts a stellar high school record including Illinois State Scholar honors and recognition as the 2010 Class Valedictorian for Central High School.
2nd Place ($1,500) – Meghan Wright
Meghan is the daughter of Joe Voyles, Invoicer at TCI-Troy, and will graduate from Lindbergh High School in May 2012. Meghan managed to have a 4.1 GPA on a 4.0 scale due to an impressive curriculum that has included 10 honors classes and 11 Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate courses to jumpstart her college career. Meghan received numerous academic honors while in high school and participated in an array of extra circular activities. She was the recipient of an Award for Excellence in Art as well as the Platinum Award, the highest award of the Honor Roll, every semester for all for years of high school. Meghan was admitted into the National English Honor Society, nominated as the German Representative in International Club, DECA Secretary and was the varsity wrestling manager. In spite of all these responsibilities, she volunteered as a nursery teacher, at the Gateway Homeless Shelter, and was a counselor-in-training. Meghan plans to study international business/marketing starting the Fall 2012 semester at Missouri State University and plans to enhance her knowledge with study abroad experiences.
3rd Place ($1,000) – Nick Daiber
Nick is the son of Mary Daiber, Sales Assistant at TCI-Troy, and will graduate from Highland High School in May 2012. Nick is in the top 10% of his class and boasts perfect attendance. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was on Honor Roll for 15 consecutive quarters. In addition to his impressive academic career, Nick still found time to participate in four different sports – track, soccer, basketball and football. His passion for sports is a perfect fit with his intended major, industrial design, with a specific focus on athletic shoes. In fact, Nick excelled when he was a finalist in the 2010 Nike Future Sole Design Competition and returned to the competition in 2011 to win the grand prize for his Jordan brand design. Nick has been accepted to four different colleges including University of Illinois, University of Cincinnati, Lawrence Technological University and the College for Creative Studies and received various scholarships but is undecided on where he will attend this fall.
Post-Graduate Award ($500) – Rachel Wilson
Rachel is the daughter of Al Wilson, Outside Parts Sales Representative at TCI-Troy. She is currently a first-year graduate student at Saint Louis University and is expecting to graduate with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in May 2013. Rachel completed her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with cum laude honors in May 2011. She was granted the Research Assistant Award from SIUE Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders and was a member of the Dean’s List for several semesters. Rachel is now a Graduate Assistant and has a perfect 4.0 GPA in her Master’s studies at Saint Louis University to become a speech language pathologist.
Highest Standardized Test Score Award ($500) – Jacob Pacotti
Jacob is the son of John Pacotti, Outside Parts Sales Representative at TCI-Morton, and will graduate from Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School in May 2012 with cum laude honors. Jacob’s academic record was very competitive and included a variety of Advanced Placement courses and a strong standardized test score. He was elected Vice President of his 2012 graduating class and has been actively involved in extracurricular activities including football, wrestling, band, art club and French club. Additionally, Jacob was the Safety Captain of the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics team. While he excelled in his own ventures, he was still able to see the importance of helping others and attended a youth mission trip in the summer of 2009 to help with Hurricane Katrina clean up. Josh was accepted into Bradley University’s Mechanical Engineering program for the fall semester and was awarded the Dean’s scholarship as well as the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics scholarship. His particular area of interest is fuel-efficient engineering and alternative fuel driven engines.
Spirit Award ($500) – Sydney Wellen
Sydney is the daughter of Luke Wellen, Parts Specialist at TCI-Troy, and will graduate from Highland High School in May 2012. She has a strong GPA and has taken AP courses to prepare her for her future college career. Sydney has maintained perfect attendance from 3rd-12th grade and was a recipient of the Prairie State Achievement Award for Science. She has also been a member of the National Art Honors Society and the Academic Honor Roll. Sydney was diagnosed with dyslexia in grade school and has worked diligently to thrive in spite of her disability and has been a strong advocate for herself in school. Her teachers praise her for her hard work, dedication and positive attitude and see her as a great role model for others. In addition to her commitment to her studies, Sydney was also a member of the Art Club, Tech Club, Tudor Reading Program and track team. She plans to study Environmental Forensics at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where she has already been accepted.
TCI F.I.R.S.T. (Future in Repair Service Technology) Award ($500) – Josh Warren
Josh is the son of Rick Warren, Service Technician at TCI-Troy, and although he will graduate from Highland High School in May 2012, he is already taking evening college courses at Southwestern Illinois College to get ahead and has earned his welding certificate. Throughout his years in the Highland Community School District, Josh was always on the high honor roll or honor roll and has had perfect attendance for 10 years in a row. He boasts an impressive GPA, belongs to the FFA and Power Hour Christian Group as well as working at Marc’s Truck Repair. Josh aspires for a career at Truck Centers by developing trade skills in mechanics and auto body repairs. To help students like Josh cultivate their talents and be prepared to join our team, TCI leadership is working to develop a recurring TCI F.I.R.S.T. internship program.