The Terry L. Priest Educational Scholarship Fund

This scholarship program was created to support students who are committed to the field of transportation, logistics, or supply chain management and are passionate about the industry.

Eligibility: Students who meet all of the following criteria are encouraged to apply.

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate transportation, logistics, or supply chain program at an accredited trade or technical school, community college, or four-year college/university in the United States (full-time or part-time; seniors are eligible to apply for spring semester only)

  • Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher

  • Plan to pursue a career in the transportation, logistics or supply chain field

  • Have financial need


Scholarship recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to the field and passion for the work, and financial need. Previous applicants and recipients are welcome to apply.


Scholarship awards will be paid directly to a recipient’s educational institution and can be used toward tuition, fees, and books only for full time or part-time undergraduate study only. Please note that award disbursement is contingent upon the outside scholarship policies of a recipient’s college or university. Awards must be used for the 2018 calendar year.


Contact Charmaine Brown at 303.996.7328 or cbrown@denverfoundation.org


Terry L. Priest and The Denver Transportation Club






Terry L. Priest spent his entire professional career seeking ways to provide opportunities to students who are interested in pursuing transportation, logistics, or supply chain careers. He was born in Shoshone, Idaho in 1942. Terry began his employment as an Agent/Telegrapher with the Union Pacific Railroad, with time out for military duty. He then went to work for J.R. Simplot Company as a Corporate Traffic Manager with the provision that they would pay for Terry’s higher education. Terry went on to achieve a bachelor’s degree in business aviation and transportation from Boise State, then a master’s degree in transportation law. During the years, he also studied at Syracuse University and MIT. Terry then went to work for Coors Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado as a Corporate Commerce Manager. After an 18-year career with Coors Brewing Company, he turned to teaching at the University of Colorado at Denver. He held the highest leadership posts at the American Society of Transportation and Logistics, whose mission is to advance transportation education. In addition to the many awards Terry earned over the years, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Colorado Transportation Community for his dedication to transportation education. Mr. Priest passed away on May 19, 2002 at the age of 60. The Terry L. Priest Scholarship Fund was created through donations made by numerous friends and professional associates to an endowed fund established in Terry’s memory.

Terry was a cheerleader for the industry he loved: transportation. He promoted the people in transportation and the industry through his efforts to further education in transportation. From his efforts to introduce high school students to the industry, to his efforts to raise money for college scholarships,Terry was always thinking, talking and promoting transportation. He belonged to and became an officer in almost every transportation organization at both the local and national levels. His most important contribution was his ability to engage the imagination of others about the possibilities of transportation and to involve them in the industry.


Terry L. Priest Scholarship Award Winners for 2016

Catherine Hawley
Ms. Hawley is working towards a BS in Supply Chain Management at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She plans to graduate in May, 2017. She recently joined the student chapter of the Council for Supply Chain Management Profession- als (CSCMP) and has accepted an internship with the Supply Chain Group at Eastman Chemical for the summer of 2016.

Omer Shaiyen
Mr. Shaiyen is earning his BA in Supply Chain Management at Howard University. He is an international student from Nigeria and plans to graduate in May, 2018. He recently completed an internship at Zebra Technologies Corporation, where his main project was to develop a new supplier diversity program for the company. He currently holds a 4.0 GPA and is a part of the Howard University School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program.

Briana Garrity
Ms. Garrity is working towards a BS in Supply Chain Management at The University of Rhode island. She recently com- pleted an internship at Burris Logistics as a Project Management intern, and is now interning at Ocean State Job Lot in their Transportation Department. Ms. Garrity is also active in the Supply Chain Management Club at URi and holds a 4.0 GPA. She will graduate in December, 2016.

past winners

Winners for 2015

Kenneth Dick
Mr. Dick is working towards a dual-major in Finance and Supply Chain Management at Syracuse University. In addition to his studies, he is a Teacher's Assistance for Supply Chain Management 265 and 403 at the Whitman School of Management. Last summer he interned at Gorton's Seafood Inc., where he was responsible for purchasing approximately 2 million dollars of packaging materials to maintain plant operations, among other duties. He will be graduating this May.

Karoline Rueckerl
Ms. Rueckerl is earning her BS in Supply Chain Management at Pennsylvania State University. Over the past two years she's served as co-op for BMW in Germany and Project Steering in South Carolina. Additionally, she serves as the Director of Mentorship for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and received the Traffic Club of Pittsburgh 2014 Scholarship. She will also be graduating this May.

2014 Winners:

Jade Adams
Jade was awarded as a senior at Penn State University's Smeal College of Business. She is a Supply Chain major, minoring in Management Information Systems. She is a member of both the Schreyer Honors College and the Sapphire Leadership Program. Jade was a co-op at Johnson and Johnson and an intern at Unilever. Upon graduation Jade will be joining Unilever's Future Leaders Program.

Evan Chen
Evan was awarded as a senior at Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business studying Supply Chain and Information Systems. Last summer Evan did a 7-month Co-Op at Honda of America Mfg., Inc. in Columbus, Ohio as a Mass Production Delivery & Packaging Associate. Evan is currently a Co-Op at Mars Chocolate North America in Hackettstown, New Jersey in the demand fulfillment department. He is an active member of the Association for Operations Management (APICS) at Penn State. Upon graduation, he wants to pursue a supply chain career and eventually obtain his masters in Supply Chain Management.

Markea Dickinson
Markea is currently a senior in the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University. As a scholar in the Schreyer Honor's College, her field of study is Supply Chain and Information Systems, with minors in Spanish and International Business. Throughout her collegiate career, she has held three Supply Chain internships in various divisions of United Technologies. Markea's diverse ranges of experiences include planning, materials management and global procurement. She is looking forward to launching her career in the Unilever Future Leaders Program upon graduation, and continuing to explore and ascend in the exciting world of operations and logistics.

2013 Winners:

Tyler Toporowski - $2500

Tyler Toporowski was awarded the scholarship as a senior in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He is a supply chain management major and active member of the Franklin Supply Chain Group. Tyler's previous internship was in the purchasing department of Xylem Inc. a global water technology provider. His roles included sourcing, purchasing, planning, scheduling, and logistics functions. Tyler looked to build a supply chain career after graduation, eventually leading to the C-level suite.

Xiao (Lydia) Li - $2,500

Xiao was awarded as a junior at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business studying Logistics Management. Xiao held three internships during college. She interned at Shenzhen Metro Co., LTD at Shenzhen,China as a Transportation Consulting Assistant. Xiao also worked at China Southern Airlines (Global Headquarter) at Guangzhou, China as a Team Member of Marketing Department. Xiao has been an active member of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Columbus Roundtable. Xiao's goal is to continue for a graduate Logistics program and work in the Transportation or Logistics Industry after she graduates.

2012 Winners:

Dale Eshbach - $3000

Dale Eshbach was selected to receive a $3,000 award. Dale was awarded the scholarship as a senior at Pennsylvania State University's Smeal College of Business studying Supply Chain and Information Systems. Dale held two internships during college. He interned at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix, AZ as a Materials Planner. Dale also worked at W.W. Grainger in Harrisburg, PA and was placed in the management trainee program. He is an active member of the Penn State SAP Interest Group and the Council of Supply Change Management Professionals Group.

Cody Jones $2000

Cody Jones was selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship award. Cody is currently a junior at Colorado State University (CSU) where he working towards a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Supply Chain Management. This past summer Cody interned at Forney Industries in the Operations department where he implemented procedures for inventory accurateness. Upon graduation, Cody's goal is to serve as an officer in Army Logistics.

2011 Winners:

Katlyn Burney (unable to attend the event) - $2500

Katlyn Burney is an undergraduate student at Iowa State University. She is a Supply Chain Management major with an emphasis on Logistics and Operations. An honors student at Iowa State, Katie is very active in the Supply Chain Management Club as well as many other campus clubs and activities. She has obtained industry experience working with the Genesis Systems Group as a material purchasing intern after her freshmen year. This summer Katlyn, will work for ConAgra Foods, Inc. as an Associate Logistics Professional. She has plans for a third internship between her junior and senior years of college.

Zitao (Arthur) Zhang - $2500

Zitao (Arthur) Zhang, a native of Beijing, China, is a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University. Specialized in Transportation & Logistics, his research topic is mainly focused on the transportation investment and pricing decisions. During his Ph.D. study, he also got involved with various internships at Northwest Airlines, CSX Railroads, and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. 
His current interest is to master snowboarding skills!

2010 Winners:

Nina Monteen Johnston and Moxin (Sarah) Yang

2009 Winners:

Ola Bancole from Michigan State University and
Westin Deats from Colorado State University


We have established a fund to provide scholarships,promote education in transportation & to remember Terry. Contributions may be sent to:

The Terry L. Priest Transportation Education Fund
c/o The Denver Foundation
950 S. Cherry Street, Suite 200
Denver, Colorado 80246