January 27, 2016 | Industry Insights

Roanoke Helps to Further Careers in Transportation & Logistics Industry with Sponsorship of NCFBAA’s Annual $5,000 College Scholarship

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Roanoke Trade, a leader in providing custom insurance solutions for transportation and logistics providers, is honored to be sponsoring the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc.’s (NCBFAA) annual $5,000 scholarship. The scholarship is available to a high school seniors or undergraduates at an accredited college or university. This is the 23rd year that the NCBFAA and Roanoke Trade have promoted this scholarship competition as a way to further education in the transportation and logistics industry. NCBFAA represents nearly 800 member companies with 100,000 employees in international trade – the nation’s leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), NVOCCs and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters.

The scholarship winner will be invited to the NCBFAA Annual Conference, scheduled to be held at the JW Marriott Starr, Tucson, AZ, April 17 – 20, 2016, and will join the other conference attendees on the morning of April 18 to receive the Award. The $5,000 scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient’s college or university.

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Bill Sterrett, President and CEO of Roanoke, along with 2010 NCBFAA scholarship winner Max Lesser

To qualify for the scholarship, student applications, which were due by January 5, 2016, were required to submit a 1,000 – 2,000 word essay.  To be judged by a panel of experts, the essay’s topics is on “Wage Inequality and Trade – Data indicates a growing gap between the wages for skilled and unskilled labor. What role has trade and immigration played in this process? What policies, if any, should the U.S. take to offset this trend?”

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be an employee, or child of an employee, of a regular NCBFAA member, but may not own a company involved in the industry. In addition, the candidate must be pursuing a career in customs brokerage, freight forwarding or a related field, such as international trade.

Previous recipients of the NCBFAA scholarship program shared their enthusiasm in receiving the Award:

“I was really happy when I learned that I had won the scholarship because this will further my goal of becoming a third-generation customs broker, following in my grandfather and father’s footsteps.”

– 2010 Scholarship Winner

“I was very excited when I learned that I had won the scholarship because it really proves that hard work pays off and it will be a big help to my family.”

– 2012 Scholarship Winner

“Being selected to receive this scholarship is an honor for which I am extremely grateful to both the NCBFAA and scholarship-sponsor Roanoke Trade. This award will go a long way in supporting my efforts at completing my Bachelor’s degree.”

– 2014 Scholarship Winner

Since 1935, Roanoke Trade has been proving its leadership in meeting transportation and supply chain insurance needs. Insurance and bonds for domestic transit, international transit, marine cargo, property, liability, stock-throughput and project cargo include many technical and practical distinctions. Risk managers require highly strategic coverage and claims responsiveness in these areas, and Roanoke’s solutions have stood the test of time. For more information about our insurance solutions, please contact our professionals at 1-800-ROANOKE (800-762-6653).

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