The Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) has selected University of Central Arkansas as one of four recipients of its fifth-annual Endowment Fund Grants in the amount of $5,000, according to a news release.

The grant will help fund scholarships and research for the university’s Center for Logistics Education, Advancement and Research (CLEAR), a program designed to prepare students for careers in the transportation industry.

"As one of the nation’s premier programs advancing the trucking industry, UCA’s CLEAR was an excellent fit for this grant," said Joe Pappalardo, TIDA’s General Counsel. "This grant reflects our commitment to the future growth and success of our industry, and we are pleased to award UCA and its deserving CLEAR program."

Pappalardo presented the grant to Douglas Voss, director of the CLEAR program for UCA, at a ceremony Sept. 20.

"On behalf of the University of Central Arkansas’ transportation and logistics students and faculty I would like to express our sincere appreciation to TIDA for choosing our University and CLEAR as a beneficiary of its annual endowment program," said Voss.

"Arkansas is home to many large trucking companies and our mission is to educate the motor carrier workforce of tomorrow. TIDA’s annual endowment grant allows us to reward deserving students with scholarships, fund faculty and student motor carrier research projects, and recruit the best students and employers to our program. The grant has a direct impact on the trucking industry as we work together to improve motor carrier safety and productivity."

Other recipients of TIDA’s 2012 Endowment Fund Grant were the University of Memphis, the University of North Texas and Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio.