SCC Professional Truck Driver Training student receives $1,000 scholarship

Erik Hopperstad
Erik Hopperstad.

Erik Hopperstad, a recent graduate from Southeast Community College’s Professional Truck Driver Training program, received a $1,000 Trucker to Trucker Scholarship to help pay for his education. 

Hopperstad, from Lincoln, graduated June 13 from the 10.5-week program on SCC’s Lincoln Campus. The program consists of 100 hours of classroom time and more than 2,000 driving miles and results in job-ready drivers for articulated vans and flatbed tractor trailers.

Hopperstad had a job secured with Crete Carrier prior to graduation.

“I know I don’t look much like a trucker, but thanks to the fine folks at Southeast Community College, I sure feel like one,” Hopperstad said.

Jimmy Steele, communications coordinator for, said the company was pleased to award Hopperstad with the scholarship.

“Drivers are what keep the transportation industry moving,” Steele said. “We at are happy to support new driving professionals like Erik in their hard work toward building the skills that lead to a career in transportation.” awards two $1,000 scholarships annually, one in the spring and one in the fall. The scholarship is open to any student who is enrolled in school or will be enrolled during 2014. Applicants write and upload a short essay (maximum of 500 words) answering one of the following questions: Why did you decide to become a professional driver? What would a scholarship from Trucker to Trucker mean to you?

“Erik answered the question: What would a scholarship from Trucker to Trucker mean to you? But he covered both,” Steele said.

Persons interested in more information about SCC’s Professional Truck Driver Training program are asked to contact Mike Kuebler, program chair, at 402-437-2685 or


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