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For Immediate Release

OOIDA Announces 2024 Scholarship Recipients

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association announced the recipients of this year’s Mary Johnston Scholarship. Since 1998, the fund has awarded approximately $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 and their respective resident cities:

Mason Houghton
Tarkio, Missouri
Mason Houghton is the grandson of lifetime member Ronnie Martin of Tarkio, MO. He will graduate from High School in May 2024. Mason will attend Central Community College in Hastings, NE. He is majoring as an On-Highway Truck Diesel Technician.

$1,000 winners
Camden Dickman
Lexington, Nebraska

He is the grandson of lifetime member Richard Woehrle of Lexington, NE. He will graduate from Lexington High School in May 2024. Camden will attend Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE. Camden is majoring in Natural Resources and Criminal Justice.

Briley Douglas
Andalusia, Alabama

Briley is the daughter of senior member Billy Douglas II of Andalusia, AL. She will graduate from Pleasant Home School in May 2024. Briley will attend the University of Alabama, where she plans to major in Early Childhood Special Education.

Jalynn Brown
Ainsworth, IA

Jalynn is the daughter of senior member Brad Brown of Ainsworth, IA. She graduated from Highland High School in May 2022. Jalynn is currently enrolled at Iowa State University in Ames, IA where she is majoring in Dietetics.

MiliJo Hooyman
Kaukauna, WI

MiliJo is the daughter of member Jeff Hooyman of Kaukauna, WI. She will graduate from Kaukauna High School May 2024. MiliJo plans to enroll at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she will major in Radiology.

Hunter Zelich
Johnstown, NY

Hunter is the son of member Christopher Zelich of Johnstown, NY. He will graduate from Johnston High School in June 2024. Hunter plans to attend the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY, where he will major in Civil Engineering.

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