The Edward W. Erkel Memorial Scholarship seeks to encourage and support African American women and raise their representation in the transportation industry. Out of a population of 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S., less than 6% are women, and even fewer women of color, according to data compiled by the American Trucking Associations (ATA).
The Edward W. Erkel Memorial Scholarship honors a veteran bus and truck driver who devoted his career to advocating for passenger safety and the well-being of all long-haul drivers.
Ed Erkel grew up in Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington neighborhood, and as a young man operated an independent local hauling business. He later hauled stone and other materials for Magnotti & Son, Inc., a longstanding company located in Pittsburgh’s South Hills.
After working as a long-haul truck driver, Ed turned his love for driving toward passenger travel as an interstate bus operator. He joined Trailways in the early 1960s, driving their famed Silver Eagle coach designed and built by the German manufacturer Kässbohrer. Ed often worked the “extra board” which meant a regularly changing schedule and set of destinations. He would also accept charter assignments that had him dedicated to a group for several weeks or longer.
In 1965, Ed received a charter assignment from Motown Records to take the Motortown Revue — the name given to the package concert tours of Motown artists in the 1960s — on tour. Among the artist on board were The Four Tops, The Temptations, Martha & The Vandellas and a fifteen-year-old Stevie Wonder.
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The is needs-based scholarship honoring the life of Rosedale Tech diesel student, Christopher Zikmund, who was unable to fulfill his dream of becoming a diesel mechanic as he died tragically as a result of a drug overdose in March 2016.
The $2,000 scholarship will memorialize Christopher’s achievements and is designed to afford aspiring diesel students with the opportunity to purchase tools for their program at Rosedale Tech.
Christopher Zikmund, a 2012 Archbishop Wood graduate, was an easy going individual with an adventurous spirit who had a thirst for life. He was very outgoing and interacted with everyone; and no matter how long he knew them, he always made an impact on them. He enjoyed making people laugh, loved the game of baseball and had a passion for diesel trucks.
Christopher distinguished himself as a very skilled baseball player and aspired to be a diesel mechanic.
Christopher’s passion for diesel trucks began when he was a young teenager. He owned a few of them and you could always find him and his friends in the driveway finding a way to make them look better, sound louder, and run faster. After a few years of college, Christopher found his calling and was accepted into the program at Rosedale Tech.
Christopher made friends everywhere he went in life. He was a kind and caring young man but the one characteristic that he will be most remembered for was his infectious smile.
To submit a request to apply for the Christopher Zikmund Tool Scholarship, click Here.
I have been around a lot of technical education environments over the years. Rosedale is unique in that they can offer the whole package—passionate staff, first-class facilities, and a top-notch education. They strive to continually improve in all areas which reflects in the quality of students they are putting out into the field. I would highly suggest if you are considering a technical education, to contact them, visit the school, and you will see first hand.
Rosedale Technical College offers the best education and training in the trades and automotive in Pennsylvania. Students learn from accomplished instructors, and employers know they are getting the top graduates in their fields. I know many proud parents of Rosedale Tech graduates. They really are producing the workforce that keeps our economy running.
I loved my experience at Rosedale and wouldn’t change anything. If you are looking to become a master tradesman or woman, then Rosedale is the school for you… Thank you Rosedale for the wonderful experience!
I’ve learned 2 trades here… automotive [technology] and welding. Both trades have had wonderful teachers, the staff is very friendly, and very well managed all around. I’m very grateful to have gone here, and they are very supportive of us veterans. I would most definitely recommend Rosedale as it was recommended to me.
Rosedale didn’t really… They didn’t do the numbers thing. Which is what I always… heard about tech schools, tech colleges. If you had issues at home, issues with babysitters, attendance… they’d move the world to accommodate what you needed. And give you every tool that you needed to be able to graduate and actually apply yourself in the real world. So they took me from a cook who was a part-time dishwasher, and I worked myself in the automotive field all the way up.
Just the Rosedale name changed my life. Because anytime I tell anybody that I graduated from Rosedale… every time… their whole perception changes… I never would have worked for Comcast if it weren’t for the Rosedale name… I truly know that… Rosedale’s given me life. Rosedale has given me the ability to succeed in life. And I thank them for that.
The employees here do everything they can to make sure you are ready to go out in the field… They will help you find a job. They will help you with your resume… I think the interview class here… it’s very valuable. They teach you how to sit down in a professional manner and talk to someone and highlight your skills… If you take that class and you do really well… you are going to have a great-paying job. And you’re going to have a bright future.
College or military, that’s what everyone was doing. That’s what we were told to do all through… school. When I came… to Rosedale, it was a different type of schooling. Because they are actually interested in what you’re learning… You’re not just being forced different subjects upon you. And once a week we are able to get hands-on… do projects out in the facility. Which really gave you a leg up when you went into interviews and they asked you ‘Now do you have any experience?