CLDA Awards its First Continuing Education Scholarships

WASHINGTON, D.C. June 16, 2020 – The CLDA recently awarded their first CLDA Scholarships to three students who are the children of those in the logistics industry.  Each student will receive a $1250 scholarship pursue education beyond high school.  Those applying for the scholarship had to be associated with a CLDA member and planning on attending college, a trade school or trucking school in the fall.

The three are:

  • Brett Bernecker, son of the president of Relay Express in Fairfield Ohio
  • Khloe Jowers, daughter of the VP and COO of ADL Delivery in Thonotosassa, FL
  • Chase Picard, son of the CEO of Hackbarth Delivery Service in Mobile, AL

Brett Bernecker is an honors student and student-athlete at Archbishop Alter High School in Dayton, Ohio. He intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business and communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He has his sights set on becoming an entrepreneur.  Brett is a member of the National Honor Society and is a three-year varsity letter man in soccer. He also played on the basketball and track teams.  He is a member of the Key Club; Spanish Club; University Club; Dare to Care Club; Sports Club and participates in the school’s Horizons in Medicine program.  He worked part-time throughout high school.  He is the son of Jim Bernecker, president of Relay Express, Inc. and Mindy Bernecker of Ellis Custom Homes.  “I am very honored to receive this scholarship and will work hard to represent the CLDA and delivery industry in general in a positive manner,” he said

Khloe Jowers is an honors student, student-athlete and a student leader at Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, TX. She will be graduating Summa Cum Laude, in the top 15% of her class.  A member of the National Honor Society, Khloe has also been recognized for her achievements by the Math Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta) and the Music Honor Society (Tri-M).  Her band career includes serving as Head Drum Major, Vice President and Section Leader.  She plays varsity softball and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  She will be pursuing her Bachelor of Business Administration at Baylor University in the fall where she will be studying marketing and sign language interpretation.  Her career aspirations include either marketing for a sports team or becoming a sign language interpreter for Walt Disney World.  She is the daughter of Thomas and Kimberly Jowers of ADL Delivery. “My goal throughout all of my education is to spread positivity in all that I do. I want to help people and brighten their days and show them all the good to be excited about in the world,” she said. She lives in Cypress, TX.

Chase Picard is an honors student and student-athlete at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, AL.  He intends to study math or engineering at the University of Alabama in the fall. Right now, he is considering a career in teaching or engineering and may pursue a graduate degree.   He leads his school’s Varsity Bowling Team, which he has been a part for four years.  In addition, he is a member of the school’s Key Club; Green Club; Chemistry Club; and Physics Team. He is a member of the National Honor Society.  Chase earned his black belt in Tae Kwon Do and teaches the discipline to children.  He is also involved in his church’s youth group activities, which include volunteering at a local orphanage. He is the son of Lawrence P. Picard, a real estate broker, and Kelly Picard, the CEO of Hackbarth Delivery Service. “I am a hard worker and I am really looking forward to going to college and getting to take classes I actually like. I enjoy helping others and that is why I continued to teach Tae Kwon Do after progressing through the black belt levels. I appreciate the CLDA creating this opportunity,” he said.

The three students recognized with the CLDA’s first scholarships were chosen for their combination of high academics, leadership abilities and involvement in extracurricular activities.  “We were looking for a way to recognize the leaders of tomorrow among the children of those in our industry,” says CLDA President Steve Howard. “These three students excelled in all of those categories and the references they received from school and community leaders and their guidance counselors where outstanding.”  The three were selected by members of the CLDA Scholarship Committee, which included CLDA Board Members and active CLDA Members.  They will be honored at the 2021 Final Mile Forum in February in Las Vegas. The scholarships were funded by donations from CLDA members, vendors and affiliates. 

The association intends to present the scholarships every year and will begin taking applications from the children of member companies who will be graduating in the Class of 2021 in April.

About the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association

The Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (CLDA) is a non-profit professional association that is the voice of the time-critical logistics, delivery and express air cargo logistics industries.  The association serves the needs of its 3,500 members who are logistics professionals, carriers, shippers, drivers, air cargo logistics providers, 3 PLs and vendors servicing today’s supply chain companies. Since 1987, CLDA has provided business opportunities, advocacy and education. For more information see

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