New $10K scholarship to be awarded to sidelined driver

| October 25, 2012

Applications are open for the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund’s TBS Factoring Service Trade School Scholarship. The $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to a former professional truck driver who is no longer able to drive professionally due to medical problems. Applications can be downloaded via this page on St. Christopher’s website. Applications will be accepted through November 15, 2012. The scholarship winner will be announced in early December.

The SCF Board of Directors will oversee the scholarship and allocate monies to the trade school of the chosen applicant’s choice upon confirmation of enrollment. It’s made possible by a $10,000 grant from TBS Factoring Service LLC, of Oklahoma City, a family business providing flexible cash flow solutions to independent truckers.

  • Carl Rial

    I wish more places did something like this but earlier . I drove truck from 1995 to 2009 I had to stop driving due to back problems . I had several back injuries thru out my short career and was told by medical professionals my pain is not high enough for surgery . They also said I am to young for the fusion . I have degeneration of discs l3 and l5s1 right in the base and my hips are to deep for the risk. I also have arthritis in my spine . I am stuck on Meds and unable yo return to driving. I took 2 online courses but without the hands on no one would hire me . In summer of 2010 I enrolled in the local college for the same type of classes as the online but it’s a degree program not just a diploma with hands on. I received grants from the government but still had to take loans to cover everything. I am currently employed part time looking at getting a second part time job to make enough hours to cover a full time job. But yet still do not make nearly enough money to cover debts and to pay back loans. I hope in the future people realize it will be hard for the career driver to ever make the money they did driving and the debt that builds up during medical forced leave. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.