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NATSO Foundation’s Bill Moon Scholarship: Advice to Candidates

Posted in: Truckstop Business, Human Resources


Each year the NATSO Foundation’s Bill Moon Scholarship program distributes thousands of dollars to students to pursue their educational goals. In 2016, the foundation will award five, $5,000 scholarships to truckstop and travel plaza employees and/or their legal dependents.

The NATSO Foundation is accepting applications for the 2016 Bill Moon Scholarship until May 15, 2016.

If you are currently applying for a NATSO Foundation Bill Moon Scholarship, you already have some valuable experience describing yourself, your achievements, and your goals on college applications. 

Here are a few short hints about two parts of the Bill Moon Scholarship application from an interview we conducted with the Bill Moon Scholarship’s independent reviewer:

Q: What advice would you give on the letter of recommendation (Section IV)?
A: Keep in mind that letters of support from classroom teachers or supervisors at work who know you well carry more weight than letters from family friends.

Q: What advice would you give on the essay (Section V)?
A: The advice here is simple: answer the question!  The application’s written essay is the best chance for you to let the reader really know who you are.  Writing about what is truly important to you is the key.  How you have changed over time and how you see your future are both valuable ideas for you to think about as you plan your essay.   Don’t forget to proofread your essay carefully before you submit it.  It’s always a good idea to have a friend look it over to make sure it makes sense to another reader.  Sometimes things that we write about make a lot more sense to us than they do to other people who haven’t shared our experiences! 

Apply today!

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Christine Schoessler

Christine Schoessler

As NATSO's Chief of Operations Christine Schoessler is responsible for ensuring successful operations and growth of the NATSO through strong fiscal management, volunteer and staff development, and leadership and oversight of day-to-day operations.