Freightliner dealer awards scholarships

Jason Cannon May 1, 2013
David Wiegmann, the son of Troy technician, Ron Wiegmann, won the first place TCI scholarship.
David Wiegmann, the son of Troy technician, Ron Wiegmann, won the first place TCI scholarship.

For the third consecutive year, Truck Centers, Inc., a St. Louis-area Freightliner/Western Star dealer network of seven locations, has awarded scholarships to employees and their dependents.

The scholarship committee announced recipients this week of the 2013 TCI Scholarship.

“Once again, I would like to thank everyone for their submissions and congratulate all of the participants on their achievements.  The decision was very difficult,” TCI executive vice president, Katie Hopkins, says.  “We were faced with the tough task on selecting the recipients out of a very deserving pool and hope that everyone remains steadfast in working towards their goals.”

The recipient were:

1st PLACE ($2,000) – David Wiegmann, the son of Troy technician, Ron Wiegmann.  Dave was once again selected because his impeccable and well-rounded profile that includes a 4.0 GPA, rigorous year-round courses, a polished essay explaining his desire to be a doctor, accolades on his coursework and dedication from a professor plus extensive volunteer and extracurricular activities.  He is currently a junior at the University of Albany pursuing a degree in biology and minor in neuroscience..  Additionally, he plays NCAA Division I basketball and made his debut in the March Madness playoffs.  He plans to use his award to help pay for MCAT preparation and expenses.

2nd PLACE ($1,500) – Austin Meyer, the son of St. Louis dispatch driver David Meyer. He will graduate from Lewis & Clark Community College this May with a 3.69 GPA.  He is transferring to the University of Illinois to complete his biology and Spanish degrees with hopes to study rainforest ecology.  Austin has maintained excellent grades while working throughout his junior college career and has been to Costa Rica and has additional goals of studying abroad.  His reference mentioned his strong work ethic and that comes through in his application.  He will use his award to assist with his tuition costs.

3rd PLACE (tie) ($1,000) –  Chelsea Eilers, the daughter of Troy parts counterman Mark Eilers.  She is a graduating high school senior and will attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis this fall.  Chelsea has a 3.5 GPA with numerous honors courses and a very strong ACT score.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and participates in several extracurricular activities and volunteer efforts.  Chelsea plans to study nursing and has goals of becoming an OB/GYN nurse.  She will use her award to assist with tuition costs.

3rd PLACE (tie) ($1,000) – Jesse Williams, the son of Springfield parts manager Jeremy Williams.  He is a graduating high school senior and will attend Western Illinois University this fall.  Jesse has a 3.55 GPA in a dual credit accelerated track and a solid ACT score.  He is on the honor role and participates in wrestling, football, golf and 4-H.  He plans on studying biology and wildlife management and has goals of becoming a wildlife conservation officer.  He will use his award to assist with tuition costs.

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