Swift Transportation Offers Full Driving Academy Scholarships For Veterans
April 4, 2012
Swift Transportation Co. Inc. (NYSE: SWFT), www.joinswift.com, is celebrating the men and women of the armed forces by offering them a new career in trucking. Swift is committed to providing career opportunities for the heroes of our country, by providing 1,000 full scholarships to Veterans to attend a Swift Academy of their choice. The transportation leader is offering full scholarships to veterans with a 1-year commitment, as well as a $1,000 tuition discount to Selective Reserves and National Guard with a 1-year commitment.
“At Swift, we are happy to honor and celebrate the bravery and courage of our U.S. veterans. We believe these men and women deserve the utmost respect from all of us, and we want to help those who might be interested in a truck driving career,” said Scott Barker, Vice President Safety, Recruiting and Driver Development.
Barker says former military personal are a great fit for Swift because their values and work ethics align with what the company looks for in quality candidates.
“Veterans are used to working in teams and with a high degree of trust for each other,” says Barker. “They are also used to adapting to change and treating each other with respect. These are all core values for Swift. In addition, just as safety is a key cultural value for Swift, the military instills a value of safety from day one of training.”
Through the Swift Veterans Scholarship program, the company hopes to gain long-term, dedicated, and loyal Swift family members that can grow and develop as they help Swift on its continuous journey toward Best-in-Class. While Swift has offered partial scholarships to veterans for several years, this is the first time they are offering full scholarships.
Upon training, Swift will place trainees in over-the-road dedicated or regional driving positions. Barker adds that once an individual gets into the organization and performs effectively, there are opportunities for development into a team driver, dedicated fleet work and the potential to become a mentor for future new drivers. At Swift, career paths can even lead to office and leadership positions.
Participants and those eligible must have been separated from service within the last 30 months or be an active member of the Guard or Reserve to qualify for the Swift Veterans Scholarship Program. Swift driving academies are located in Phoenix, AZ; Millington, TN; San Antonio, TX; and Lewiston, ID.
For full details and more information about Swift’s Veterans Scholarship Program call: 866-273-0157 or visit www.joinswift.com