MT. STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods and Dot Transportation, Incorporated (DTI) are proud to announce Mikaela Cantrell, Joseph Smith, Alexis Marie Harmer and Amanda Dawn Polzien as 2013 Dot Scholarship Program scholarship recipients. The four students are eligible to receive a $1,000 college scholarship each academic year.

"Dot values the importance of ongoing education, especially amongst our employees and their families," said Dot Foods President Joe Tracy. "The winners selected from this very talented pool of candidates have displayed the outstanding academic and peer leadership qualities that are so valuable to success."

A graduate of Camp Point (IL) Central High School, Cantrell, daughter of Donald and Cheryl Cantrell, will be attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale this fall with plans to study pre-medicine and major in physiology. Her goal is to practice medicine as a neurosurgeon. Her father, Donald, is a driver with DTI at the Mt. Sterling facility.

A graduate of Camp Point (IL) Central High School, Smith, son of David and Denise Smith, is an Eagle Scout and has also been active in 4-H, band, and Drama Club. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and earned the Society for Academic Achievement Award.  He plans to earn an associate degree in construction technology at John Wood Community College and then continue his education. David Smith is an industrial engineer at Dot Foods' Mt. Sterling headquarters.

A graduate of Lincoln (IN) High School, Harmer will attend Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana to major in human development & family studies and minor in pre-med. Alexis' parents are Donald and Teresa Harmer. Donald is a driver/customer delivery specialist at Dot's Indiana Distribution Center.

A graduate of Dickson (OK) High School, Polzien will attend Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla. in the fall and study nursing to become a registered nurse. Her parents are Terry and Misty Polzien. Terry has worked for DTI for nearly seven years as a driver at its Oklahoma Distribution Center.

The Dot Scholarship Program was put in place to provide monetary support to students pursuing education beyond high school.

The four recipients were chosen from 14 applicants. Every spring up to two scholarships are awarded from Dot's Illinois locations (Joliet & Mt. Sterling) and up to two scholarships are awarded from Dot's other facilities around the country. The Dot Scholarship application process is open to students in their senior year of high school who are children of current Dot/DTI employees. These are renewable scholarships, but students must maintain a minimum GPA, full-time student status, and other requirements to remain eligible for renewal. The scholarship award is $1,000 per academic year ($500 per semester; up to $2,000 total for a 2 year college program; up to a $4,000 for a 4-year college/undergraduate degree).