The American Truck Historical Society is proud to announce its George Schroyer Memorial Scholarship Fund. Shorty Whittington, CEO of Grammer Industries, located in Grammer, Indiana, and a long-time supporter of ATHS, donated $5,000 in seed money on behalf of his family and company to start the scholarship program. In the future, ATHS plans to endow those funds permanently and to that end, will begin raising endowment monies in early 2016. The program will be available to children, step-children and grandchildren of ATHS members. “Our father had been in the trucking business for his entire life,” says Dave Schroyer on behalf of himself and his brother Mark. “He was also an avid collector of truck and trucking memorabilia and anything related to the truck transportation industry and that is why he served as a volunteer leader and was an avid supporter of ATHS for many years,” Dave added.
The first two scholarship winners will be chosen in mid-2016 and announced in July. The scholarships will be in the amount of $1000 per academic year ($500 per semester) and awarded for the start of the 2016 fall semester.
The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (GKCCF) will be administering the scholarship program. The GKCCF manages more than $2 Billion of funds and has awarded more than $2.4 Billion in grants and gifts since its inception. It is ranked in the top one percent of community foundations. Application information will be communicated shortly after the first of the year.
“ATHS is pleased to be able to support the education of our members’ children. Although we are starting at a modest point, we hope to be able to grow this program substantially over the next few years through donations to increase the amount and number of scholarship awards,” says John Vannatta, ATHS Chairman. “We have wanted to establish a program like this for many years and are extremely excited Mr. Whittington helped make this happen,” he added.
The American Truck Historical Society was founded in 1971 with a mission to preserve the history of trucks, the trucking industry and its pioneers. The non-profit group is based in Kansas City, Mo., and has more than 20,000 members worldwide. ATHS is the publisher of Wheels of Time magazine which has a circulation of nearly 22,000.