February 15, 2019

Duluth Superior Transit Association establishes endowed scholarship fund for Transportation and Logistics students

L to R: Daniel Rust, assistant professor of Transportation & Logistics Management; Mark Shold, UWS Transportation & Logistics student and first recipient of a DSTA scholarship in 2018-2019; Jeanne Thompson, vice chancellor of university advancement; Leyla Aktekin, driver recruiter at Jeff Foster Trucking and past president of DSTA; Jay Baker, sales manager at Sliding Systems, Inc., past president of DSTA and UWS T&L alumnus ‘08

L to R: Daniel Rust, assistant professor of Transportation & Logistics Management; Mark Shold, UWS Transportation & Logistics student and first recipient of a DSTA scholarship in 2018-2019; Jeanne Thompson, vice chancellor of university advancement; Leyla Aktekin, driver recruiter at Jeff Foster Trucking and past president of DSTA; Jay Baker, sales manager at Sliding Systems, Inc., past president of DSTA and UWS T&L alumnus ‘08

DSTA members hope the scholarship fund will help increase the number of students entering the transportation and logistics field.

The UW-Superior Foundation received a generous $13,000 contribution from the Duluth-Superior Transit Association (DSTA) to create an endowed scholarship fund for students in UW-Superior’s Transportation and Logistics Management major. The check was presented in a ceremony at Jeff Foster Trucking in Superior.

“Since UW-Superior’s Transportation and Logistics (T&L) program began in 1998, it has been active with the highly-regarded Duluth Superior Transportation Association (DSTA),” said Richard Stewart, T&L professor. “The proactive involvement of DSTA members on many levels is a key factor in the success and continued growth of the T&L program. We treasure this long-term mutually-beneficial relationship and are honored that so many members contributed to this endowed scholarship fund that will provide needed financial support and prestigious recognition for quality T&L students.”

The scholarship fund will provide an annual scholarship to a qualified candidate who is enrolled in the T&L Major and is an active member of the T&L Student Club. Through continued funding of the endowment, more students will benefit in the future.

“The UW-Superior Foundation is genuinely pleased to receive this gift from the Duluth-Superior Transportation Association,” said Jeanne Thompson, vice chancellor of university advancement.  “It’s an educational investment from so many generous individuals and organizations in our region, representing all areas of transportation. We look forward to awarding this scholarship to deserving Transportation and Logistics Management students for generations to come.”

The T&L program is the only one of its type in the upper Midwest, preparing graduates for careers in the rapidly growing transportation and logistics industry. The Supply Chain Management undergraduate concentration is the most recent program addition. It joins and complements the T&L major with students learning the business of coordinating people, products, and materials. Enrollment in T&L and SCM has grown 36 percent in the past decade, making it one of the largest majors at UW-Superior.

“We really need more students going into the [Transportation and Logistics] program,” said Leyla Aktekin, recruiter at Jeff Foster Trucking and DSTA past president. “This is one way we can help ensure that happens.”For more information about the T&L and SCM programs, visit uwsuper.edu/TL.  

L to R: Daniel Rust, assistant professor of Transportation & Logistics Management; Mark Shold, UWS Transportation & Logistics student and first recipient of a DSTA scholarship in 2018-2019; Jeanne Thompson, vice chancellor of university advancement; Leyla Aktekin, driver recruiter at Jeff Foster Trucking and past president of DSTA; Jay Baker, sales manager at Sliding Systems, Inc., past president of DSTA and UWS T&L alumnus ‘08

L to R: Daniel Rust, assistant professor of Transportation & Logistics Management; Mark Shold, UWS Transportation & Logistics student and first recipient of a DSTA scholarship in 2018-2019; Jeanne Thompson, vice chancellor of university advancement; Leyla Aktekin, driver recruiter at Jeff Foster Trucking and past president of DSTA; Jay Baker, sales manager at Sliding Systems, Inc., past president of DSTA and UWS T&L alumnus ‘08

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