Each year, World Pulling International (WPI) awards scholarships to students involved in the pulling industry who are pursuing higher education. Five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2022, the most ever awarded in a single year.
The deadline for all scholarship applications is Monday, November 14, 2022.
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 3, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio, and announced online at www.NTPApull.com.
The essay prompt for 2022 is: Which current puller, pulling team, event, or industry supporter do you feel does an excellent job promoting the sport of truck and tractor pulling in the modern era? Why do you feel they are so effective? Do you think they still have room for improvement? Explain.
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.
Roy Everett Memorial Scholarship
The Roy Everett Memorial Scholarship, made possible by the Doerunner Pulling Team, is named in honor of beloved FWD competitor Roy Everett. Everett's career included two Grand National FWD championships, culminating in his induction into the NTPA and United Pullers of the Carolinas Halls of Fame. Everett began pulling in 1972 before migrating to truck pulling in 1977. He will forever be remembered pulling his 1967 Chevrolet, "The Doerunner," which his son Tony still competes with today. 2022 is the first year of the Roy Everett Memorial Scholarship, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his first pulling season.
The Doerunner Pulling Team will award $1,000 to high school seniors applying to colleges or trade schools or current college enrollees in good standing. Applicants must be family members of NTPA members or NTPA staff to be eligible.
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 2022 Rod Deck Memorial Scholarship is: What impact do you feel that the increased push for the usage of renewable energy sources will have on agriculture? Explain.