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 2016 Herbert E. Skinner Memorial Scholarship:
Taylor Frontera | Studying at the University of Texas at Austin | Trucking Affiliation: Acme Brick Co.


The 2017-2018 Scholarship Application is now CLOSED! The application deadline for the 2017/2018 academic year was March 1, 2017. Applicants will receive notification by the end of May 2017. Please refrain from calling for status updates.


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 2017/2018 academic year was March 1, 2017
Each applicant will receive a notification letter by May 30, 2017. 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: 
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: 
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

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.


Taylor Frontera, Acme Brick
Shayna Gipson, Housley Communications
Gilbert Costello, Refrigerated Transport Inc.
Alan Lowe, Cheetah Transportation
Jennifer Bell, Brookshire Grocery Company
Hailey Drerup, W & B Services
Allison Beierle, Southwestern Motor Transport
Michael Grigsby, United Petroleum Transport
Allie Rike, Housley Communications
Julie Epperson, Brookshire Grocery Company
Caitlyn Ramirez, Acme Truck Line
Melissa Ussery, Southwestern Motor Transport
Fernando Sanchez, Canal Cartage
McKenna Langley, Palletized Trucking
Brooke Mangold, Southwestern Motor Transport
Anthony Brownlee, Genox Transportation
Catherine Trevino, Spirit Truck Lines
David Turner, Empire Truck Lines
Latrice Hall, Houston Freightliner
Sara Jean Martinez, Alamo Transit
Mikayla Sudduth, Lee TranServices
Will Krause, L.D. Krause Construction
Chancee Crawford, Brookshire Grocery Company
Ruth Legessa, Refrigerated Transport Inc.
Gabriella Ruggiero, Warren Transportation, Inc.
Miranda Young, Acme Truck Line
McKenzie Hohenberger, Bulkley Trucking
Mary-Catherine Brooks, Cheetah Transportation
Randy Birdwell, CKJ Trucking
Adrianna Alexander, Housley Communications
Kidest Legesse, Refrigerated Transport Inc.
Trent Schauer, Cinco J Inc.


2016/2017 TRUSTEES
Dave Musgraves, 
E.L. Farmer & Co.

Jonathan Kennemer, CKJ Trucking

India Loth, Empire Truck Lines

Ron Bair,
BairHilty, PC
Kirsten Barringer, Virtual Financial Services
John Greene,
 Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary
Greg Hughes, Cummins Sales & Service
Jessica King,
 Palletized Trucking
Dan Lundquist, Lone Star Truck Group
Xandra Minnix, public member
John Mondics, Mondics Insurance Group
Danny Smith, UPS
Bernie Warriner, Warriner & Associates
Brandon Woods, Refrigerated Transport
Christi Yost,
 W.M. Dewey & Son, Inc.