The Drive to Thrive: CDL Scholarship Program

Applications are now being accepted.


Deadline to apply is June 5, 2024.

CDA is delighted to introduce its inaugural CDL Scholarship Program, “The Drive to Thrive: CDL Scholarship Program,” that provides distributor member company employees with an opportunity to grow their careers to become commercial truck drivers. The scholarship program provides ten recipients with up to $5,000 towards training at a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) certified CDL training center.



Scholarship Details:

  • CDA Distributor Member Companies can nominate up to two employees.
  • Ten scholarships of up to $5,000 may be awarded.
  • Scholarships will be paid directly to an FMCSA certified third-party training center or internal training program.

Dates and Deadlines:

  • The application process is open now. The deadline to apply is June 5, 2024.

Nomination Process:

There is a two-step process that must be completed for nominations to be considered.

Step One: To be completed by the Nominating Company.
  1. The distributor member company will identify an administrator to serve as the submitter of nominations and primary contact throughout the process.
  2. The primary contact will verify/confirm nominee meets all eligibility criteria.
  3. The primary contact will complete the online nomination application on behalf of their company for the nominee.
  4. The primary contact will notify the nominee they have been nominated and direct them to complete their individual portion of the online application within 7 days.
Step Two: To be completed by the Nominee.
  1. A questionnaire will be delivered directly to the nominee’s email inbox.
  2. The nominee must complete the questionnaire and submit their answers within 7 days of receipt.
  3. Upon completion and submission of the questionnaire, the nominee’s application will be considered complete.

Eligibility and Criteria:

  • Nominating CDA distributor member company is in good standing.
  • Nominee has been employed by the nominating CDA distributor member company for a minimum of one year.
  • Nominee has a valid driver’s license.
  • Nominee would like to pursue a career in truck driving with the nominating company by obtaining their Commercial Driver’s license.
  • Nominee is 18 years or older.
  • Nominee meets CDL Eligibility for state of operation.

Choosing a CDL Training Center:

Recipient and employer must identify a mutually agreeable training program that is certified by FMSCA. Click here to review the list of FMCSA approved training centers.

How can my company identify an employee(s) to nominate?

  • Host a contest
  • Utilize criteria such as:
    • Attendance
    • Company program involvement
    • Length of service
    • Performance evaluations

Award Amount and Disbursement:

  • Recipient must enroll in a qualified program within 12 months of receiving winner notification.
  • Recipient and employer must identify a mutually agreeable training program that is certified by FMSCA.
  • Recipient registers for training program and submits proof of registration and invoice to CDA.
  • Recipient obtains Commercial Learner's Permit and provides copy of the permit to CDA. CDA shall not pay the invoice until receipt of the Commercial Learner's Permit. Costs of the training program, up to but not exceeding $5,000, shall be paid directly to the chosen training center or internal training program.
  • Recipient must complete training within 180 days of receiving Commercial Learner's Permit and present proof of completion to CDA.
  • CDA shall not be responsible for any cost of the training program that exceeds $5,000. If the cost of the chosen training program exceeds $5,000, awardee shall be responsible for any additional costs and expenses.
  • In the event that the awardee fails to meet CDL eligibility criteria or obtain Commercial Learner’s Permit, CDA shall have the right to withdraw the scholarship and award it to another nominee.

Questions? Contact Angie Simonetti or click here for frequently asked questions.