The Ryder Charitable Foundation, which directs charitable giving and support on behalf of Ryder System, Inc., in four strategic pillars – expertise, innovation, safety, and community collaboration – today announced its $50,000 donation to SkillsUSA, a nonprofit partnership of students, instructors, and industry that ensures America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. As part of Ryder’s giving strategy supporting expertise, this gift will help educate the next generation of commercial vehicle technicians by providing enhanced diesel technology labs (classrooms) and student scholarships.

“Ryder is proud to take the lead in committing to help grow the pool of qualified diesel technicians,” said Patrick Pendergast, Group Director of Recruiting Services, Ryder. “Through our partnership with SkillsUSA, we are investing in technological advancements and education, but ultimately, we are investing in the very people who have the power to influence the future of America’s commercial vehicle transportation industry.”

The classroom grants, up to $5,000 each, will support an enhancement to SkillsUSA diesel technology labs nationwide through the purchase of new equipment or tools. For many years to come, this will impact students who come through the programs selected to receive these grants. Additionally, up to 22 student scholarships totaling $22,000 will be awarded to SkillsUSA students who are continuing their education in Diesel Equipment Technology. SkillsUSA has more than 2,600 student members – 998 college/postsecondary and 3,635 high school members – who are enrolled in Diesel Equipment Technology in 258 classroom labs across the United States. Those interested in learning more about the scholarship or in applying, can visit www.skillsusa.org/ryder-scholarship-grant-opportunities/.

A portion of Ryder’s donated funds will also go toward creating a SkillsUSA online scholarship and classroom grants portal to support a competitive application process.

“This generous sponsorship from Ryder presents an amazing opportunity for diesel classrooms to upgrade and purchase new equipment,” said Tim Lawrence, Executive Director of SkillsUSA. “We are also thrilled that Ryder plans to provide student grants for those who plan to continue their education in Diesel Equipment Technology in community college after high school. This is a wonderful opportunity for diesel students and schools and we are very grateful to Ryder for their partnership and support.”