Arkansas Trucking Association

Carl Tapp Technician Scholarship



Arkansas Trucking Association has launched an opportunity to encourage growth in the diesel technician workforce, as well as a way to help assure that the safest, most knowledgeable and skilled technicians are working on the trucks and trailers on our roads.

In addition to the driver shortage, the industry is also wanting for more manpower under the hoods and over the motherboards of increasingly technological trucks. The Arkansas Trucking Association is pursuing partnerships with institutes with diesel technician certificate programs to make technician careers and training accessible to more Arkansas students.

The Carl Tapp Technician Scholarship Program supports aspiring techs in their education and certification pursuits at Arkansas institutions that produce workforce-prepared diesel technicians.

Meet the 2021 recipients.

Donors: click here to donate to the scholarship fund


Ryan McKnight

ATA President Shannon Newton presents 2019 Carl Tapp Memorial Scholarship recipient Ryan McKnight and his mom and dad with the $7,500 check for his education in diesel technology with scholarship founder Kenneth Calhoun


ABF Freight                                          NorCal PacLease
ArcBest   PACCAR
 Bruce Purkey   PACCAR Leasing Company
DAVCO Technology, LLC   PacLease Dallas
Doggett Freightliner of Arkansas
  Pressure Systems International
FleetNet America   Southland PacLease
Inland PacLease   Summit Truck Group
Kenneth Calhoun   TechForce Foundation
Maverick Transportation LLC   The Tapp Family
McConnell & Son, Inc.   TLG Peterbilt
McKee Foods Transportation LLC   Truck Centers of Arkansas
MHC Kenworth Leasing   Truck-Lite Co., LLC
Mike & Pam Martin
  Walt Luethy 
Momentum Fuel Technologies    







May 26, 2021 - Three Arkansas seniors to receive scholarships from Arkansas Trucking Association

February 4, 2021 - Arkansas Trucking Association accepting scholarship applications for 2021

July  28, 2020 - Arkansas Trucking Association announces 2020 technician scholarship recipients

January 8, 2020 - Arkansas Trucking Association accepting scholarship applications for 2020 Carl Tapp Technician Scholarship

May 1, 2019 - Arkansas Trucking Association announces 2019 technician scholarship recipients

January 28, 2019 - Arkansas Trucking Association announces scholarship for Arkansas technician students

May 8, 2018 - Arkansas Trucking Association announces technician scholarship recipients

Janary 25, 2018 - Arkansas Trucking Association announces new scholarship for Arkansas technician students


There are many ways to help us take a positive step toward reversing the shortage of technicians in the Arkansas trucking industry.

Please let me know if you would be interested in joining us in this effort. For more information or if you have questions, please email me at or call 501.372.3462.

Contact Us

Arkansas Trucking Association
PO Box 3476 (72203)
1401 West Capitol Ave.
Suite 185
Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 372-3462 | Phone
(501) 376-1810 | Fax

Our Mission

  • PROTECT the collective interests of trucking companies in the political and regulatory arenas.
  • PROMOTE the dynamics of trucking so that people have a better understanding of the link between America's primary freight delivery system and the standard of living they enjoy.
  • SERVE our members to help them to grow their business and their profits
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