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Of the Used Truck Association's ten 2017 scholarship winners, three have ties to The Larson Group.

The Used Truck Association recently announced the recipients of its 2017 scholarships, and three have ties to The Larson Group Peterbilt (TLG).

Jessica Knowles, a TLG employee in Springfield, Missouri; Bryce Farmer, Peterbilt of Louisville General Manager Brian Farmer’s son; and Emily Ford, TLG's Parts Controller's Jack Hartnett’s daughter, have each received one of the UTA’s ten $2,500 scholarships.

And within the last six years, a total of eight students with TLG ties have won scholarships through UTA.

TLG’s own Vice President of Regional Accounts Mike Thurston sponsored each of them.

“The scholarships being awarded to these young adults are well-deserved – a huge congratulations to them,” said Mike. “I am certain this will be extremely beneficial to these talented students who are so determined to pursue their dreams, and I am confident they will be leaders in the industries they plan to make careers in.”

Winners are chosen based on criteria that include community activities, work accomplishments, academic success, school activities and references. The award winner must also be a full-time student and be pursuing a degree in an accredited program.


Jessica is currently a junior at Drury University in Springfield studying accounting. She plans to get her CPA License and pursue a career in public accounting.

To jumpstart her career, Jessica has worked for TLG since May 2015. She says, “and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I could not ask for better coworkers to take me under their wing and help me become part of the TLG family.”



Bryce was actively involved in his high school as a three-sport athlete and member of the Business Professionals of America, and his community as an officer in the Washington County Community Foundation. He graduated with academic and technical honors diplomas and was Salutatorian of his class.

Bryce is now enrolled at Indiana University where he is majoring in Business. When not in the classroom or studying, he can be found in the stands rooting for the HOOSIERS.



Emily is a senior social work student at Saint Louis University. This spring, Emily will complete her Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree, with a minor in Urban Poverty Studies. Throughout her studies, she has had the privilege of partnering with those experiencing homelessness, incarceration, mental and behavioral health issues, and addiction in both administrative and direct-practice capacities. Emily also enjoys participating in the University Honors Program and Micah Learning Community, both of which provide further opportunities for community engagement, service learning, and academic excellence. Next fall, Emily will begin her graduate social work education in the Accelerated Master of Social Work Program at Saint Louis University. She Hopes to use her education and experience to pursue licensure for clinical social work and become a family and couple’s therapist.

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