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National Coal Transportation Association

Scholarship Programs


The National Coal Transportation Association is a tax-exempt non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Colorado with the primary purpose of promoting the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and technology associated with the transportation and beneficial uses of coal. 

NCTA’s Scholarship Program was established to further the Association's commitment to the education and development of informed leaders of tomorrow. To that end, NCTA has budgeted for up to four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded annually to NCTA members’ dependent children who intend to pursue a career in the coal or other supportive industries. Scholarships are awarded to dependent sons and daughters of full-time employees of NCTA member companies in good standing and are to be used toward the continuing education costs of qualified applicants who are legal dependents, in accordance with established Internal Revenue Service guidelines. Recipients are selected by the NCTA Education Committee.

Education Committee

The Education Committee shall, at a minimum, consist of two NCTA members; a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman. These members do not have to be NCTA Board members but may be any NCTA member with a stated interest in working with the Education Committee.

Member's Dependent Scholarship Awards

Up to two non-renewable one-year College or University Scholarships and two non-renewable one-year Vocational, Trade, Certificate, or Associate Degree Program Scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarships are to be applied to educational expenses at any accredited non-profit college, university, vocational training school, or junior or community college program in the United States or Canada. Recipients of these awards may reapply each year if they remain eligible. A new competition for the awards will be held each year. Recipients may transfer from one institution to another and retain their award provided that such transfer is not for disciplinary reasons.

The NCTA Education Committee has full discretion to award the annual Member’s Dependent Scholarships in any combination between the categories above, including the award of all four scholarships to either category. The Committee may revise its decision to award the finalist a scholarship if a discrepancy is found or is considered materially different, but it is not required to do so.

David L. Laffere Memorial Scholarship

In 2009 NCTA established a scholarship in memory of our friend and colleague David L. Laffere. David was the fuel manager for Kansas City Power and Light Company, and served on NCTA’s Board of Directors, when he died tragically in a car accident on June 2, 2009. Full endowment of the David L. Laffere Memorial Scholarship has not yet been achieved. However, NCTA’s Education Committee named one of the Member’s Dependent Scholarships in his memory and continues to accept donations for full endowment.

Thomas C. Canter Honorary Scholarship

In 2019 NCTA established a scholarship to honor former Executive Director Thomas C. Canter. Tom led our industry and the NCTA for over 24 years with a steadfast conviction that economical energy from coal helped establish our nation as a world leader and that it will continues to play a vital role in our country’s future. Tom served our nation for several decades as a Captain in the U.S. Navy. He was also the primary consultant during the development of the Los Angeles Export Terminal, for which he provided his knowledge and expertise of the automotive and logistics industries. Tom continues to be an inspiration to us all with his dedication to this industry.

Downloadable Promotional Materials for Member Companies

NCTA Scholarship: 8 X 10 Flyer

NCTA-Scholarship: 11 X 17 Flyer

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