During high school, Rachel was proud to be a member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, and to lead her class as President of Student Council all four years. She kept herself busy playing flute and piccolo and competing on the Academic Bowl and Math Team. She volunteers her time with countless charity organizations, such as Bernie’s Book Bank, CASA of Kane County, Ronald McDonald House, and Turning Point Women and Children’s Shelter, while donning her crown and banner as the reigning National American Miss Illinois. She enjoys reading to local elementary students as part of her self-created nonprofit organization, Rachel’s H.E.A.R.T (Helping Empower Adolescents through Reading and Tutoring). Through her work, she has collected and donated over five thousand books and hundreds more school supplies to underprivileged schools and children’s shelters. Rachel is beginning her next adventure at Illinois State University, where she is working towards her Master’s in Accountancy and Information Systems. This Presidential Award recipient is already becoming a leader on campus. She plans to leave her impact by running for the Philanthropic Office Position in Student Accounting Society, attending events as an early member of the Beta Alpha Psi Honors Accounting Fraternity, working with struggling children in Partners in Reading at the local public library, and participating in the Honors and Emerging Leaders programs.


So… thank you to the NTDA for recognizing this wonderful young woman, and CONGRATULATIONS to Rachel!!

NTDA names 5 winners of $11,000 in scholarships

TBB Staff | Sep 28, 2018

The National Trailer Dealers Association (NTDA) recently named five recipients of a total of $11,000 in scholarships.

The money is intended to help each student further their education.

“Thirty-three amazing young students from throughout the US and Canada applied for an NTDA scholarship this year,” said Gwendolyn Brown, NTDA’s president. “The academic achievements, participation in school and community activities, and work experience of each applicant is truly inspiring.”

Brown said winners were selected based on a combination of achievement and need.

Since 1998, the NTDA has awarded $152,000 in scholarships to 41 children of NTDA member employees.

The 2018 NTDA scholarship is underwritten by East Manufacturing CorpHAVCOMichelinPressure Systems InternationalTransglobal Door, and WABCO. Several individuals from Dealer and Allied member companies also contributed.

The NTDA’s upcoming annual golf tournament also raises funds to support the scholarship program. Two special contest holes were added in honor of the late Steve Hallas, who served as president of sales for Mac Trailer, and John Conkin who served as managing director at BMO Transportation Finance.

BMO committed to matching up to $5,000 in donations during the tournament’s “Beat the Pro” contest. Mac Trailer is sponsoring a special putting contest.

In addition, at this year’s 28th Annual NTDA Convention, set for Oct. 3-5 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs CO, viral sensation Joe Everson will craft a live-action painting while singing the national anthem to kick off the general session and keynote presentation. His painting will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to support the ongoing NTDA Scholarship fund.

Winners of the 2018 NTDA Scholarship:

  • Hannah Roulandwill receive a $3,000 scholarship. Rouland had a high school GPA of 3.77 and is studying Political Science at UC Santa Cruz. Hannah’s father is Jason Trimm with TEC Equipment.
  • Parker Fritschwill receive a $2,000 scholarship. Fritsch had a high school GPA of 4.03 and is studying Biochemistry at California State University Fresno. Fritsch is an outstanding student who has battled leukemia and skin cancer. Fritsch has undergone more than 30 surgeries, which led him to work toward a career in medicine. Fritsch works for Central Valley Trailer Repair in Fresno as a warehouse associate.
  • Caitlin Cunninghamwill receive a $2,000 scholarship. Cunningham had a high school GPA of 3.99 and is studying Business Administration and Management at Goucher College. Cunningham’s father, James Cunningham, works for Hale Trailer Brake & Wheel.
  • Rachel Hodson will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Rachel had a high school GPA of 3.85 and is studying Accountancy and Information Systems at Illinois State University. Hodson’s guardian, Mark Snyder, works for Iloca Services.
  • Morgan Miller will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Miller had a high school GPA of 3.91 and is studying Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Tennessee. Miller’s father, Jeff Miller, works for Hendrickson.