Scholarships

Each year, World Pulling International (WPI) awards scholarships to students involved in the pulling industry who are pursuing higher education. Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2023.

The deadline for all scholarship applications is Friday, November 3, 2023.

The scholarship application includes questions regarding school, community, and pulling involvement and a written essay prompt. Judges will use a combination of the application and essay to determine scholarship recipients, with winners being notified the week following the application deadline. Winners will be recognized at the annual NTPA Awards Banquet on December 2, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio, and announced online at www.NTPApull.com.

The essay prompt for 2023 is: Describe in detail your first experience, or an early experience, at a truck or tractor pull at any level. Where was it? Who were you there to help or cheer on? What made it memorable?

World Pulling International and National Tractor Pullers Association Scholarships

Two $1,000 WPI/NTPA scholarships are awarded each year, made possible by the NTPA’s Pullers Against Drugs fund and other contributions to the WPI Scholarship Fund. These contributions include voluntary annual donations by NTPA members, donations by industry supporters in memory of loved ones, and money raised through raffles at the NTPA Banquet each year to support the longevity of pulling-related scholarships.

High school seniors and college students in good academic standing who are immediate family members of NTPA competitors, crew members, officials, clerks, promoters, and associates are eligible for these scholarships through a nomination denoted on the application.

K&K Insurance Higher Education Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship is possible each year thanks to the sponsorship of K & K Insurance. This scholarship is open to high school seniors pursuing higher education or college students in good academic standing who are immediate family members of NTPA competitors, crew members, officials, clerks, promoters, and associates.

Rod Deck Memorial Scholarship

In honor of the longtime Super Farm, the family of the late Rod Deck created the Rod Deck Memorial Scholarship in the fall of 2020. Deck, a third-generation farmer and two-time Grand National champion (“Dream On”), passed in March 2020 after a courageous years-long battle with cancer. His son Bryan continues to pull “One Bad Apple” in the Limited Pro Stock division. Deck’s daughters, Michelle DeBoer and Melyssa Dexter have committed to awarding a $1,000 scholarship each year for five years (2020-2025) to a student in good academic standing who is enrolled or intends to enroll in a college or trade school. A new recipient of this scholarship will be chosen each year.

Applicants must be, be nominated by, or be affiliated with an NTPA member and must complete the online application. The application includes an additional essay, which will be judged alongside the standard essay to determine the winner.

The essay prompt for the 2023 Rod Deck Memorial Scholarship is: What do you think is the greatest challenge facing corn and soybean farmers today and, if possible, what solutions would you offer or create to solve these challenges?

For questions or additional details concerning all scholarships, please contact scholarship coordinator Matt Steinmetz at the NTPA/WPI office at matt@ntpapull.com or 614-436-1761 ext. 103.

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