Trucking Industry Defense Association Awards $5,000 Grant to UCA

Joe Pappalardo, TIDA’s General Counsel, and Dr. David Voss

The Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) has selected UCA as one of four recipients of its fifth annual Endowment Fund Grants in the amount of $5,000. The grant will help fund scholarships and research for the university’s Center for Logistics Education, Advancement, and Research (CLEAR), a program designed to prepare students for careers in the transportation industry.

The grant was presented to Dr. Douglas Voss, director of the CLEAR program for the University of Central Arkansas, at a ceremony on Sept. 20.

“On behalf of the University of Central Arkansas’ transportation and logistics students and faculty, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to TIDA for choosing our University and CLEAR as a beneficiary of its annual endowment program,” said Voss.

“Arkansas is home to many large trucking companies and our mission is to educate the motor carrier workforce of tomorrow. TIDA’s annual endowment grant allows us to reward deserving students with scholarships, fund faculty and student motor carrier research projects, and recruit the best students and employers to our program. The grant has a direct impact on the trucking industry as we work together to improve motor carrier safety and productivity,” said Voss.

Other recipients of TIDA’s 2012 Endowment Fund Grant were the University of Memphis, the University of North Texas and Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio.