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Anderson driver’s son scores ABA scholarship

When David Alexander III was about 7 years old, he watched a veterinarian visiting his family’s dairy farm perform surgery on a cow.

“I was hooked from that day forward,” said David, who is currently studying at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Harrogate, TN.

Thanks to his father’s job as a driver with Anderson Coach & Travel, David was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the American Bus Association Foundation to continue his studies.

David Jr, David III and Debbie Alexander

“I was honored when I found out I was chosen to receive the ABA Bus & Tour Operator Scholarship,” David said. “It is a great feeling to know that my dad works for and is involved with an organization that supports higher education. I am extremely thankful and grateful that they chose to invest in my future!”

David’s father, David Alexander Jr., is a Conneaut school bus driver for Anderson, where he’s been employed the last 3 years.

“I love driving school bus,” said the elder Alexander, who still farms at his Conneaut Lake home though he gets up a little later to drive than he did to milk cows.

He noted that education was important in their house and all three of he and his wife Debbie’s children are in the medical field. One daughter is a registered nurse and the other is in nursing school. And David will be a veterinarian when he’s finished with school in a few years.

“We’re proud to be part of the American Bus Association and thrilled that a member of the Anderson family will benefit from the generosity of the foundation,” said Doug Anderson, president of the company. “The emphasis on education continues the legacy of our parents, Dot and O.D.”

The Anderson organization began in 1937 when O.D. transformed a panel truck to take children to a one-room schoolhouse outside Mercer, PA. On the first day, he met the young teacher Dorotha Elder, who would become his wife and business partner.

Over the last three decades, the ABA Foundation has provided more than 300 scholarships totaling more than $800,000. The 2017 allocation doubled the amount of awards, distributing nearly $100,000 to students in the motorcoach travel and tourism family.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Alexander Jr. said. “The kids need all the help they can get and I think it’s just fabulous. It’s going to the right places.”

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