Bill Moon Scholarship
The NATSO Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded $25,000 in scholarships to deserving students with ties to the truckstop and travel plaza industry to put toward higher education in 2014. Five students each were awarded $5,000 under the Bill Moon Scholarship, which helps truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators, their employees and their families further their education.
The 2014 winners were:
- Victoria Stavish, Muralts Travel Plaza
- Demarco Harris, Petro Shopping Center #322
- Sarah Wilson, Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza
- Joshaua Stephenson, Go Mart Inc.
- Jaimee-Jolleen Lilley, Travel Centers of America
The application process for the 2015 Bill Moon Scholarship will open in the Fall. For additional information, contact Taryn Brice-Rowland at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 739-8564.
Bill Moon Scholarship Donations
The Bill Moon Scholarship is the NATSO Foundation’s longest running program. You can make a secure online donation today to the Bill Moon Scholarship program.
About the Bill Moon Scholarship
For more than 20 years the Bill Moon Scholarship Program has been changing lives. The scholarship provides much needed and deserved assistance to industry students planning for their post-secondary education and has awarded over $250,000 in scholarships. Each year since 1993 The NATSO Foundation has awarded scholarships of $2,500 each to selected industry employees and their children to help offset the cost of a college education. In 2013, the NATSO Foundation Board of Directors elected to raise the amount of the scholarship to $5,000.
The origins of the Bill Moon Scholarship Program can be traced to 1989, when the Mason-Dixon Truck Stop Operators Association made a $5,000 contribution for use in establishing an industry scholarship program. In 1993, the Northeast Truckstop Operators Association made a $5000 contribution and Carolyn Moon added an additional $10,000. The NATSO Foundation began awarding scholarships to industry employees and their families in 1993.
Bill Moon made substantial contributions to NATSO, actively supporting and participating in industry-related government affairs issues, serving as Chairman of NATSO in 1989, and becoming the first Chairman of The NATSO Foundation in 1990.
Education was always a Moon family priority. Bill and his wife, Carolyn, both graduated from Southwest Missouri State University, and all three of their children received degrees from The University of Iowa.
Moon lost his battle with cancer in 1992, but left a legacy that is carried on today by Carolyn and the Moon children. Fittingly, the scholarship program was named in his memory.
Each spring the NATSO Foundation releases the scholarship application and applicants are judged by a independent review with selections based on academic merit, financial need, community activities and a short essay.