North Carolina Student Interested in Highway Safety, Pursuing Engineering Degree
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Since its inception in 1982, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has been a advocate for the safety of commercial vehicles, drivers and motor carriers and represents the individuals who dedicate their work to promoting an environment free of commercial vehicle accidents and incidents. As North America’s leading commercial vehicle safety organization, the CVSA Academic Scholarship is a key piece of the Alliance’s educational outreach initiatives.
The Scholarship provides a $1,000 grant to graduating high school seniors whose parent or legal guardian is a good standing member of CVSA. This year, CVSA is pleased to announce Christopher Schultz, a student from Cherryville, N.C., as the 2010 CVSA Academic Scholarship recipient.
“Highway safety is an important issue that is taken too lightly by many people. It would be fantastic to be able to educate many more people about the dangers of carelessness,” said Shultz whose father is a systems engineer with a major trucking company. Shultz is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering from Letourneau University in Longview, Texas.
CVSA’s Academic Scholarship is dedicated to Gary E. Curtis, a Virginia State Trooper who had a passion for commercial vehicle safety. As his technical expertise began to build, Gary was recruited by the Interstate Commerce Commission and continued his focus on commercial vehicle safety programs as the Federal government restructured and developed the Office of Motor Carriers (now Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration). Gary retired from the OMC and came to CVSA in 1992 as Director of Technical Services. He is remembered as being knowledgeable, professional and talented. His understanding of CVSA’s policies and programs was unrivaled. His efforts and contributions helped form the solid base in which CVSA now proudly stands upon. Gary lost his life to Cancer in December of 1998. This scholarship is competitive in its selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize outstanding high school seniors. Scholarship recipients are selected by weighing academic performance and extracurricular activities.
CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial, and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. The Alliance actively monitors, evaluates, and identifies solutions to potentially unsafe transportation processes and procedures related to driver and vehicle safety requirements most often associated with commercial motor vehicle crashes. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA, visit www.cvsa.org.