TMC Accepting Diesel Technician Scholarship Applications

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations is accepting scholarship applications for the 2009-2010 academic year for students either pursuing a diesel technology degree from WyoTech, or a diesel technology degree or a bachelor’s degree in specialized studies with a minor in automotive aftermarket management from the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). Deadline is July 1.

The scholarships are part of an ongoing effort by TMC’s Professional Technician Development Committee (PTDC) to promote and enhance the professionalism of commercial vehicle technicians. PTDC will help determine the winner of the scholarships. Both schools are active participants in PTDC and have provided the scholarships to promote interest in trucking industry careers through diesel engine repair and service or related maintenance and maintenance management career paths.

WyoTech, a charter member of PTDC, is awarding two tuition scholarships for 1500 clock hours (nine months) for its diesel program attendance at either of WyoTech’s Laramie, Wyo., or Blairsville, Pa., campuses. Students can select from start dates of Sept. 28, 2009, Jan. 5 or Mar. 31, 2010.

UNOH, Lima, Ohio, will award a tuition-only only scholarship to a student working toward a degree in auto diesel technology or a bachelor degree in specialized studies with a minor in automotive aftermarket management.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited vocational, public, private, or parochial high school during the 2008-2009 school year. Both WyoTech and UNOH scholarship applicants must have a sponsor who is a current dues-paying member of TMC or is employed/contracted by a company with at least one current dues-paying TMC member, and the application must include a letter of recommendation from that sponsor. The applicant or applicant’s high school counselor must also send TMC a high school transcript showing the most recent three years’ academic performance.

WyoTech and UNOH must review and accept all applicants prior to the award decision. Both TMC and the sponsoring schools will administer the scholarship programs.

Application forms can be downloaded at or are available by calling TMC at 703-838-1763. TMC must receive the complete application package by July 1, 2009.

TMC, a technical council of American Trucking Associations, is North America’s premier technical society for truck equipment technology and maintenance professionals. TMC features a diverse membership of equipment managers, service-dealers, owner-operators, industry suppliers and manufacturers, educators, academia and others that support the trucking industry. TMC member fleets represent the broad range of industry vocations, including truckload, less-than-truckload, municipal, private, on/off-highway, construction and other operations. Find out more about TMC online at

American Trucking Associations, Inc., the national trade association for the trucking industry, is a federation of affiliated state trucking associations, conferences and organizations that includes more than 37,000 motor carrier members representing every type and class of motor carrier in the country. ATA serves the interests of more than nine million people and 420,000 companies involved in trucking before Congress, the courts and regulatory agencies.  (

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