Tracy Nicole Harper is the owner and operator of Through Her Eyes Trucking Company LLC, a Black-owned business with offices in Houston, Texas.
Despite being a victim of domestic violence and an ex-offender, she obtained her CDL license to drive commercial trucks roughly 11 years ago and is now on a mission to help other impoverished women do the same.
Through her foundation, the 38-year-old entrepreneur has developed a scholarship program that will provide cash awards totaling $4,350 to three different women who have a passion for driving trucks and have also struggled with domestic violence, drug misuse, human trafficking, and/or ex-offender status.
“I recognize the immense potential and strength of women who have overcome significant obstacles in their lives, My scholarship program aims to enable these women to pursue their dreams in the trucking industry and create a brighter future for themselves and their families,” Tracy said.
Female applicants must be at least 21 years old, residents of the United States, and have valid driver’s licenses to be considered.
Candidates must also have two letters of recommendation, have experienced trauma as a result of the aforementioned difficulties, be free of any outstanding legal issues, have an acceptance letter from a reputable trucking school of their choice, and be able to show proof of enrollment in the form of a tuition fee receipt.
In addition, candidates must submit a 2-page essay explaining their background, personal hardships, reasons for winning the prize, and ideas for how the scholarship would help society in return.
Interested candidates can fill out the online form on the company’s website or email their essays and full applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application process is currently underway and will end at 4 p.m. on October 1, 2023.
A selection committee comprised of Through Her Eyes Foundation personnel will assess each applicant’s personal experiences, passion to the trucking industry, and possibility of success.
The date, time, and manner of selecting the scholarship winners will be made public during a live drawing in the second week of December, and the money will be transferred directly to the approved trucking school of each recipient’s choice in the final week of December.
The company has a vision to become the best woman trucking company in the United States.
“Every year I will fund a scholarship that will send 3 women to Truck Driving school who are overcoming Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, Human Trafficking, and Ex-Offenders to obtain their CDL. Which includes paying to enable them to attend an accredited trucking school; paying for all tests and permits,” Tracy said