Scholarship success at the San Joaquin Valley Chapter.

Author:Dalton, Terri

In 1999, the NDTA San Joaquin Valley (SJV) Chapter became serious about raising money for our scholarship fund. Each year Green Valley Transportation hosted an open house barbeque for their customers. Due to government ethics regulations, government employees were discouraged from attending. In response, Green Valley asked for a three dollar donation which made it possible for the government employees to attend (the donation has increased over the years, but so has the attendance). The money collected from tickets and raffles was matched by Green Valley and donated to the SJV Chapter Scholarship Fund.

In 2000, the chapter awarded its first scholarship. Subsequently, the chapter began hosting golf tournaments each fall and spring to raise money. At every monthly meeting, the chapter asks its carriers for donations of hats, cups, shirts, gift cards, etc. so it can hold drawings for these items, as well as a 50/50 drawing. Five years ago, the chapter decided to hold a crab feed. This event was quite popular and profitable.

The SJV Chapter has also been blessed to receive other contributions from its commercial industry partners. Chapter leadership continually reaches out to them for donations and to participate/assist with events, and these industry partners often provide the chapter with generous donations for the scholarship fund.

The most important member of the SJV Board of Directors is the scholarship chairperson. The chairperson has to be energetic and totally dedicated to the position. He/she visits high schools, community colleges, and vocational schools to tell students about the program and distribute applications. In addition, he/she...

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