The National Coal Transportation Association (“NCTA”) 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.
The overarching National Coal Transportation Association Scholarship Program was established to further the NCTA’s ongoing interest in the education and development of informed leaders of tomorrow. NCTA has budgeted four $1,500 scholarships to be awarded as NCTA Member’s Dependent Scholarships on an annual basis to individuals who intend to pursue a career in the coal or other intersecting industries. The Member’s Dependent Scholarship Program provides financial assistance toward the continuing education costs of qualified applicants who are legal dependents, in accordance with established IRS guidelines, of employees of NCTA member companies. NCTA also recognizes the importance of vocational training and associate degree programs to our Members and we desire to encourage all students with an interest in our industries as well as others. Recipients are selected by the NCTA Education Committee. The following are guidelines to be used in the selection process for reference by the NCTA Board and Education Committee members.
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. The Committee currently has a total of five (5) members.
Member’s Dependent Scholarship Awards
Two non-renewable, one-year College or University Scholarships and two non-renewable, one year, Vocational, Trade, Certificate or Associate Degree Program scholarships of $1500 each will be awarded annually. The scholarships are to be applied to educational expenses at any accredited non-profit college, university, accredited non-profit vocational training school, or a junior or community college program in the United States or Canada. Recipients of these awards may re-apply 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 the awards, provided, however, that such transfer was not due to 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 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 manager for fuels for Kansas City Power and Light Company and was also one of NCTA’s Board of Directors who 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, the Education Committee of the NCTA has named one the Member’s Dependent Scholarships, the David L. Laffere Memorial Scholarship and is continuing to accept donations for full endowment.
Thomas C. Canter Honorary Scholarship
In 2019, NCTA established a scholarship to honor of its former Executive Director, Thomas C. Canter. Tom led our industry and the NCTA for over 24 years with a steadfast conviction that cheap energy from coal helped establish our nation as a world leader, and that with determination, we will persevere through whatever challenges we face and he fully understands that coal continues to have a vital role to play in our country’s future. Tom served our nation for a several decades as a Captain in the US Navy. He was also the primary consultant during the development of the Los Angeles Export Terminal where he provided his knowledge and expertise to the automotive and logistics industries. Tom Canter continues to be an inspiration to us all with his dedication to this industry.