TXTA Foundation

The TXTA Foundation was established in 1978 to fund education and research projects for the Texas trucking industry. The Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees. The mission of this all volunteer organization is to work with TXTA member companies to fund educational and community service programs to enhance the understanding of and image of the Texas trucking industry, with the ultimate goal of positioning trucking as the most vital and necessary industry in Texas. 

Winner of the 2018 Mike Craddock Memorial Scholarship:
Veneriza Guiwa | University of Houston
Trucking Affiliation: Terrier Transportation


2019-2020 Scholarship application deadline has passed.


Drivers, dock workers, mechanics, office personnel - there are thousands of people each day who contribute to a strong, efficient motor transportation industry in Texas. Many of these workers are or have dependents  pursuing higher education. The TXTA Foundation eases the financial burden of their efforts by providing scholarships to TXTA member employees or their dependents and grandchildren.

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, community involvement and financial need. The Foundation will provide financial assistance for college and trade school students. Scholarships may be used to meet such expenses as tuition, books, and housing. The TXTA Foundation is a non-profit educational, public relations, research and community service organization created by TXTA to promote the truck and bus industry to the people of Texas. TXTA represents more than 800 trucking companies and allied industries operating in Texas.

Applicants must be high school graduates or seniors, and they must be an employee of or dependent or grandchild of an employee of a Texas Trucking Association (TXTA) member company and must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum of 12 hours).


A student seeking a scholarship should complete the application and send it to the TXTA Foundation along with a digital copy of a professional photograph, a certified copy of your transcript and one to three letters of recommendation.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for the 2019/2020 academic year has passed.
Please refrain from calling the Foundation for status updates. Calls after June are welcome if a notification letter has not been received.

Herbert E. Skinner Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2008, the scholarship is awarded to the top recipient as selected by the TXTA Foundation Board of Trustees. The recipient receives an additional $2,000 scholarship. 
Previous scholarship recipients: 
2018 - Richard Villarreal, Spirit Truck Lines
017 - Allison Beierle, Southwestern Motor Transport
2016 - Taylor Frontera, ACME Brick 2015 - Bailey Leavitt, DOT Readiness Group 2014 - Amy Manna, Capitol Land & Livestock 2013 - Amanda Sorenson, Skinner Transportation
2012 - Ashley Lenart, FFE Transportation Services
2011 - Connor Davis, Temple Freightliner
2010 - Amanda Sorenson, Skinner Transportation
2009 - Lacey Sarver, Dart Transit Co.

Stoney Reese Stubbs Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2011, the scholarship is awarded to the top Texas A&M recipient as selected by the TXTA Foundation Board of Trustees. The recipient receives an additional $2,000 scholarship. 
Previous scholarship recipients: 
2018 - Hailey Drerup, Walmart 2017 - Alissa Dorn, W&B Service Company, Temple 2016 - Gilbert Costello III, Refrigerated Transport 2015 - Gilbert Costello III, Refrigerated Transport 2014 - Gilbert Costello III, Refrigerated Transport 2013 - Gilbert Costello III, Refrigerated Transport
2012 - Lauren Howes, YRC Freight

Mike Craddock Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2018, the scholarship is awarded to the top freshman recipient as selected by the TXTA Foundation Board of Trustees.
2018 - Veneriza Guiwa,Terrier Transportation

King Family Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2018, the scholarship is awarded to recipient as selected by the TXTA Foundation Board of Trustees. 
2018 - William Krause, LD Krause Construction
2018 - Kendall Landorf - Yokohama Tire Corp.

Questions? Please contact TXTA 800-727-7135.

How to Contribute

Although gifts of cash are most common, there are various and equally important ways to support the Foundation in its educational efforts. The TXTA Foundation greatly appreciates all gifts regardless of size. For more information on how to make a donation to the Foundation, or to request a scholarship application, please call 800-727-7135 x104.

Memorial Gifts

One of the more common ways of supporting the Foundation is in the way of gifts in memory of or in honor of an individual. These contributions are recorded in the permanent record of the Foundation and are recognized in TXTA and Foundation publications. Immediate relatives of those memorialized with the gift are notified of all donations.

Gifts of Stock

Your broker can assist you in making a gift of stock via a direct transfer. Giving a gift of publicly traded stock that has increased in value and that you have owned for more than one year may provide greater tax benefits than giving cash. Your charitable income tax deduction is equal to the fair market value of the stock and you avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the current value over the original cost of the stock. You may also save by not incurring brokerage fees because you are transferring ownership rather than selling the stock.

Planned Gifts

Deferred or planned gifts enable the Foundation to plan for the future because they will be realized at some later date. You can make a planned gift by naming the TXTA Foundation as a beneficiary of a paid-up life insurance policy. A gift of life insurance entitles you to a tax deduction equal to your cost basis in the policy or its replacement cost, whichever is less. You can make a planned gift to the Foundation and receive an income for life through the establishment of a charitable gift annuity or charitable trust that names the Foundation as a beneficiary. Your attorney can advise you of the various types of charitable trusts and the estate tax benefits of each, and assist you in setting up a planned gift that is tailored to your personal needs. You may also want to talk with your attorney or financial adviser about the tax benefits of naming the Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan.


One of the easiest ways to make a gift to the TXTA Foundation is by leaving the Foundation a bequest in your will. There are several ways you can do this. You can 1) give a specific amount of money to the Foundation; 2) give a specific item of property to the Foundation or 3) give a specific percentage of the residue of your estate to the Foundation (the residue of your estate is that which is left over after all specific gifts have been made, whether charitable or non-charitable).

Workplace Contributions

The TXTA Foundation accepts workplace contributions from member companies as well. TXTA staff can help you develop a workplace giving campaign, much like a United Way campaign, in your business.

Matching Gifts

Increase your donation with employer matching funds. Many employers will match the personal donations of its employees and associates. The program can be in conjunction with a workplace contribution campaign.


Allison Beierle, Southwestern Motor Transport
Alissa Dorn, W&B Service Company
Dan Arredondo, Wallport Transit XPress
Cassidy Bagwell, Lonestar Transport
Lauren Bapst, Great West Casualty Co.
Jacob Birdsong, Central Freight Systems
Tony Brownlee, Genox Transportation
Kenzie Byrd, The Housley Group
Brianna Campos, Mission Petroleum Carriers
Kyle Carpenter, Genox Transportation
Joshua Childress, Refrigerated Transport, Inc.
Brandon Cooper, Groendyke Transport
Shelby Downs, CKJ Trucking
Hailey Drerup, Walmart Stores, Inc.
Erika Espinoza, Houston Freightliner, Western Star
Taylor Frontera, Acme Brick Company
McKenize Hohenberger, Bulkley Trucking
William Krause, Chardon State College
Kendall Landorf, Yokohama Tire
McKenna Langley, Palletized Trucking, Inc.
Kidy Legesse, Refrigerated Transport, Inc.
Jessica Lyng, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers
Brooke Mangold, Southwestern Motor Transport
Claire Olinski, CKJ Trucking
Avery Owens, Atmos Energy
Alexis Rains, Brookshire Grocery Company
Caitlyn Ramirez, ACME Truckline
Kendall Reinhardt, Dunavant Trans Gulf Transportation, LLC
Allie Rike, Housley Communications
Jessie Rike, Housley Communications
Jordan Rushing, Apple Towing
Savannah Sanford, Bair Hilty, PC
Shelby Steinbach, Central Freight Lines, Inc.
Mikayla Sudduth, Lee TranServices, Inc.
Jeshua Suescun, Pulido Transport, LP
Tanner Thompson, Lone Star Paving
David Turner, Empire Truck Lines

2018/2019 TRUSTEES
Jonathan Kennemer, 
CKJ Trucking

India Loth, Empire Truck Lines

Kirsten Barringer, Virtual Financial Services

Craig Barker,
VOLVO Trucks North America, Inc.
Wynne Breeden Jr.,
K.L. Breeden & Sons LLC
John Craddock,
Craddock Moving & Storage
Jay Ferguson,
ATA Associates
John Greene, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light,
Hanson & Feary

Greg Hughes, Cummins Sales & Service 
Dan Lundquist, Lone Star Truck Group
Kevin Mathews, Genox Transportation, Inc.
Marilyn McDowellPublic Member

Xandra Minnix, Public member
John Mondics, Mondics Insurance Group
Jessica King Price, Palletized Trucking

Bernie Warriner, Warriner & Associates
Brandon Woods, Refrigerated Transport
Gene Lee,
 Lee TranServices