CVSA Announces 2014 Academic Scholarship Recipients

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June 30, 2014

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has awarded Ryan Chang of Honolulu, Hawaii; Sarah Abbott of Sterling, Va.; and Morgan Higgins of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., with $1,000 academic scholarships each to attend the college of their choice.

As North America’s leading commercial vehicle safety organization, CVSA’s annual academic scholarship award program is a key component of the Alliance’s educational outreach initiative. The scholarship award program is competitive in its selection criteria, uniquely tailored to recognize outstanding high school seniors. Academic scholarship recipients are selected by weighing academic performance and extracurricular activities.

“There were a number of outstanding applicants this year and the competition was fierce,” said Stephen A. Keppler, executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. “Our three scholarship award winners clearly demonstrated tremendous academic achievement as well as involvement in extracurricular activities over their high school careers.”

Ryan Chang will be attending Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont. Sarah Abbott has been accepted to University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Va., and Morgan Higgins was accepted to Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md.

“Ryan [Chang] has a lot of energy, intellectual horsepower, athletic talent and leadership ability around campus. He succeeded academically while taking a demanding course load and engaging in a broad spectrum of extracurricular activities,” said the science department chair at Ryan’s high school.

“Sarah is a bright, energetic, compassionate and genuinely a well-rounded young lady,” said the math department chair at Sarah’s high school. “Sarah is able to set priorities for herself, a skill she will need in the future. There’s no doubt in my mind that she will carry this level of commitment with her through her college years.”

“[Morgan] offers a special combination of dedication, perseverance and compassion that is matched by few and admired by many,” said Morgan’s social studies teacher.

All recipients have been notified of their selection as award winners. CVSA was able to award all three scholarship winners with $1,000 each thanks in part to a generous donation by Direct ChassisLink, Inc.

Information about the 2015 academic scholarship program will be announced in fall 2014.