Twenty academic scholarships were provided recently by the Texas Motor Transportation Association Foundation.

The TMTA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to educational and community service programs that increase the understanding of the Texas trucking industry and enhance the lives of those associated with this vital industry.

Each year, the foundation offers financial assistance for academic purposes to TMTA members or their dependents based on academic achievement, community involvement and financial need.

"Annually, the TMTA Foundation grants academic scholarships to bright and deserving students who have shown their determination to pursue degrees at universities or technical schools," TMTA President John Esparza said. "The association is fortunate to assist these scholars in pursuit of educational excellence and we are proud of how well they represent the trucking industry. I am confident in the ability of these students to do great things in their communities and schools."

The recipients of the 2008-2009 TMTA Foundation Scholarships are listed below:

Brandi Smith of Gordon attends Tarleton State University in Stephenville. She is an accounting major and mathematics minor. Smith is a 2007 graduate of Gordon High School. Her step-father, Kelly Barton, works for E. L. Farmer and Company.

Benjamin Smith of Gordon is a 2008 graduate of Gordon High School. He attends Cisco Junior College in Cisco, and is a kinesiology major and mathematics minor. His step-father, Kelly Barton, works for E. L. Farmer and Company.

Dusty Wright of Odessa attends The University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, and is working on a master's degree in finance. She received a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and an associate's degree from Odessa College. She works for United Fuel and Energy.

Jennifer Clarke of Orange attends Lamar University in Beaumont and is an English major and theater minor. She is a graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School in Port Neches. Her husband, Paul Clarke, works for Select Transportation.

James Reeves of College Station attends Texas A&M University. He is studying engineering technology. Reeves is a graduate of Reagan High School in Big Lake. He works for Bryan Freightliner.

Rhandi Conley of Manhattan, Kansas attends Washburn University in Topeka, Kans.

She is a criminal justice major and social work minor. Conley is a graduate of Calallen High School in Corpus Christi. Her mother, Rhodann Elliott, works for Stewart and Stevenson Services Inc.