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ATSS Foundation has awarded more than 85 Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships since 2002 and more than 20 Chuck Bailey Memorial Scholarships since 2004. This financial assistance for higher education helps ensure that the academic goals of recipients can continue.

Here are a few more stories of how The ATSS Foundation has changed lives. Has The Foundation made a difference in your life or the life of a loved one? We'd love to hear from you!

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Leah McCance

"I am just super thankful. [The scholarship is] going to help me not be in debt and start my career out well." Leah plans to "... become an elementary school teacher and further my music career. This is important to me so I can better myself and hopefully make a difference in young children's lives, influencing them to grow into a person they want to become."

Leah McCance, recipient 2023

Megan and Kaitlyn

"I am able to focus on my schooling and not have to worry about working a full-time job," said Megan, who is studying to make a career in the nursing field. Following some personal medical issues, where her own nurses made a lasting impression, Megan said, "that's the kind of nurse I want to be. I want my patients to find comfort in me."

Megan Pirelli (right), recipient 2021-23
(Kaitlyn, left, was a recipient 2021-22)

Joann Jones

The scholarship allowed Joann to focus on her studies without the stress of taking on large amounts of debt. She is also able to attend a private school with a smaller environment that is a good fit for her.

Joann Jones, recipient 2020-23

Cody Garner

"Getting the scholarship was tremendous ... [It] helped me to be able to focus mainly on my studies and internships. Without that, I would have been working a lot and I probably would not have been able to do most of, if not any, of my internships."

Cody Garner, recipient 2017-20

Tessa Beard

"I've had the scholarship since my first year of college, and it's helped me tremendously. I am very appreciative of it because I had a lot of financial stress on me. I'm very lucky that I have the time to focus on school rather than work."

Tessa Beard, recipient 2018-23

Lee Timons

"I think it's great because you get somebody in my situation, where you know it's tough to make ends meet. I think it's a great opportunity to help people that really need it."

Ricky Timmons, permanently disabled father of Lee Timmons, recipient 2020-22

Courtney Parsons

"I remember thinking, dang, this is a pretty good scholarship and not many people can apply for it. This could potentially cover my entire year of school, which would be so helpful. I've gotten a few scholarships, but this is definitely my biggest. I'm very grateful."

Courtney Parsons, recipient 2020-21

Daniel Hart

"I was very surprised [The Foundation] has a scholarship program to help people like us. This really helps. I think that without it I wouldn't be able to attend the college I chose."

Daniel Hart, recipient 2020-23

Emily Hause

"[The scholarship,] it's helpful, extremely helpful. It was really nice to know there was a group out there that honors those who were lost. ... I want to be successful and I know my Dad wants that for me."

Emily Hause, recipient 2020-22

Aaron Baker

"I feel lucky to have known exactly what I wanted to do later in life. While it was hard to go through the loss of a parent and lose all of the experiences I would have had with my father, it made me realize I need to be the best person I can be and work hard to reach my goals ... I think The Foundation recognized that and I am extremely grateful."

Aaron Baker, recipient 2019 and 2022

Marie Lara

"I'm very grateful to have received the scholarship provided by The Foundation, as I'm sure the other recipients are. Losing a parent is a very difficult ordeal to go through but it is nice to know there are people out there to support you after going through an experience like that."

Mariela Lara, recipient 2019-20, 2022-23

Marcie Walker

"The scholarship has done multiple things for me and my family, along with it, helped me grant the opportunity to go to school and help with that funding and pursue a career that I love. I want to be a music teacher. I think the scholarship program and The Foundation in general is a great way to remember and honor fallen roadway workers, like my dad. It ensures these lives are always being remembered and always being cherished and I am forever grateful for that."

Marcie Walker, recipient 2018-21

Marcie Walker spoke during the Ohio ATSSA Chapter meeting on June 5, 2020.

Andrea Winters

"When I first heard the scholarship program’s slogan of ‘Moving toward zero scholarships,’ I was thrown off because it’s such a great program that helps so many young people, but I realized it’s about working to reach a goal of having zero roadway worker deaths and that is so important. It’s a goal we need to reach. For ATSSA and The Foundation to have that vision means they are working in many ways to help roadway workers and their families."

Andrea (Pair) Winters, recipient 2014-21

Erica Kililikane

"Being a part of something much bigger than myself was what The Foundation inspired in me. To have so many strangers believe in you, it was transformational. I wanted more of that. I was inspired by what The Foundation stands for."

Erica (Pearson) Kililikane, recipient 2006 and 2012

Caitlyn Rains

"Once I applied and received the scholarship, I was so grateful. I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to pay for college. I always spoke to my dad about going to college so when I received the scholarship, it was just an amazing experience."

Caitlyn Rains, recipient 2017-18, 2020

lyndsay Sutton

"With the scholarship and The Foundation and other scholarships I received, I was able to attend and graduate college without paying a penny. It was definitely a blessing and I think that I have my dad to thank for that. He was a huge part in me graduating college as well as my family and people from The Foundation and the other scholarship programs."

Lyndsay (Morgan) Sutton, recipient 2014-16

Rachael Moser

"The Foundation’s generous support through the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship reassured me that I could financially attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education to gain foundational knowledge and skills that are critical to expanding my career in the education sector. The scholarship provided me with a profound opportunity to honor my father’s deep commitment to higher education through earning an advanced degree."

Rachael Moser, recipient 2016

Brionna Lizotte

"While [my father] can’t be here to support me in person, I’ll always know that he’s never truly left me. I believe the scholarship is like ‘pennies from heaven’ and his way of reassuring me he hasn’t left. I’ll be forever grateful to The Foundation for allowing others like myself to be reassured there’s still someone here to look out for us even though the parent no longer is."

Brionna Lizotte, recipient 2016-19