Scholarship available for CDL pursuit

For over 40 years, Jeffrey Downes, a native of Southington, drove commercial trucks. He loved his work and truly had a passion for driving. When he passed away in March 2015, after a battle against cancer, his family established the Jeffrey Downes Memorial Truck Driving Scholarship Fund at Main Street Community Foundation to honor his memory and his devotion to driving.

“My father loved ‘seeing the world through his window’ and our family is thrilled to be able to assist individuals who want to do the same,” said Justin Downes, Jeffrey’s son, a press release from the foundation.

The Jeffrey Downes Memorial Truck Driving Scholarship Fund will award a $500 scholarship to an individual pursuing a commercial driver’s license at an accredited training school. Individuals from Bristol, Burlington, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington and Wolcott may be eligible to apply.

“There are so many opportunities for individuals with a CDL, because our entire economy depends on them,” said Justin Downes in the press release. “Obtaining a CDL opens doors, and allows students to be career ready immediately.”

The first Jeffrey Downes Memorial Truck Driving Scholarship will be awarded in 2016 and applications are being accepted through Sept. 30

To view all eligibility criteria and requirements, and to apply for the scholarship, visit MSCFScholarships.CommunityForce.com and search for the Jeffrey Downes Memorial Truck Driving Scholarship.

Anyone interested in making a contribution to the Jeffrey Downes Memorial Truck Driving Scholarship Fund may do so at any time by sending donations to Main Street Community Foundation, P.O. Box 2702, Bristol, CT 06010.

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