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For Immediate Release

OOIDA Announces 2022 Scholarship Recipients

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced the recipients of this year’s Mary Johnston Scholarship. Since 1998, the fund has awarded nearly $400,000 to students who are the children, grandchildren or legal dependents of OOIDA members.

Five top scholars were chosen for this honor. To apply, the students were asked to submit a 500-word reflection essay on how a trucker has influenced their life, the way their educational goals resonate with their personalities and to entertain what changes they see occurring down the road that might improve the trucking industry.

Each year, one $2,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships are awarded. An alternate is also named each year. The funds are transferred directly to the student’s selected institution and can be renewed for a total of four years.

Here are the winners for this year:

Brayden Schildhauer is the son of member Daniel Schildauer of Kimball, NE.  He graduated from Kimball Sr. High School in May 2022.  Brayden will attend Central Community College in Hastings, NE.  He is majoring in Diesel Technology. ($2,000 scholarship winner)


Ethan Krueger is the son of member Chad Krueger of Sparta, WI.  Ethan graduated from Sparta Senior High School in May 2020.  He is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Ethan is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice.


Karlee Duffey is the daughter of member James Duffey of Marietta, OH.  She graduated from Warren High School in May 2021.  Karlee is currently enrolled at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where she is majoring Health Science Pre-Med.




Trista Alvarado is the daughter of member Michael Alvarado of Flatonia, TX.  She graduated from Flatonia High School in May.  Trista has received a letter of acceptance from Sam Houston State University where she intends to major in Human Performance and Wellness management.



Lauren Derscheid is the granddaughter of lifetime member David Cox of Ollie, IA.  She graduated in May.  Lauren has received a letter of acceptance from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA.  She intends to major in Computer Science.



Gabriella Nassios is the granddaughter of member Roger Kropelnicki of Saint Paul, MN.  Gabriella will graduate from East Ridge High School in June.  She has received an acceptance letter from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, where she intends to major in Marketing. (Alternate winner)
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