Piper Sorter

Groendyke awards Jonathan Luevano scholarship

July 17, 2023
Piper Sorter, daughter of Liberal, Kansas-based driver Ricky Sorter, secures 2023 award of $1,500 toward her tuition at Oklahoma State

Groendyke Transport recently awarded Piper Sorter the Jonathan Luevano Memorial Scholarship.

As this year’s winner, Sorter—who is the daughter of Liberal, Kansas, driver Ricky Sorter—will receive $1,500 toward her fall tuition at Oklahoma State University, where she plans to major in pre-veterinary medicine.

“This scholarship means the world to me,” Sorter said in a news release. “Though both my parents work extremely hard to run this family, I would like to take the financial burden off of my amazing parents when it comes to school.

“With this scholarship, I am one step closer to achieving my future career goals.”

The scholarship, first awarded in 2016, is given each year to a dependent or grandchild of a Groendyke employee to help pay for their education. It honors the memory of Jonathan Luevano, a young driver at Groendyke’s Fort Worth, Texas, terminal who was shot and killed on May 7, 2015, while delivering fuel to a local convenience store.

The Enid, Oklahoma-based tank truck company started the scholarship to keep Luevano’s memory and giving spirit alive.

“Piper is a deserving recipient of this scholarship, and we are honored to help her achieve her academic goals,” said Greg Hodgen, Groendyke president and CEO. “It’s important to us as a company to keep Jonathan’s spirit alive. He represented Groendyke with complete professionalism, and his helpful spirit inspired coworkers, customers, family, and friends alike.”

Sorter, who also secured a scholarship from Golden Plains Insurance, graduated this spring from Eads High School in Eads, Colorado, with a 3.892 grade-point average and a résumé filled with extracurricular activities, including Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, cheerleading, yearbook, and National Honor Society.

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