Transportation Impact scholarships awarded to seven local high school seniors

Emerald Isle, N.C. (June 16, 2014) – Seven local high school students preparing to embark on their respective journeys to college campuses across the state were sent on their ways with Transportation Impact scholarship awards.

The parcel spend management firm headquartered in Emerald Isle interviewed a pool of students during the last several weeks, managing the difficult task of whittling its list to seven deserving recipients; three from Croatan High School and two each from West Carteret and Swansboro.

“We knew we were in trouble once the applications started rolling in,” said company Co-founder, Keith Byrd. “There were so many inspiring and qualified applicants, that it was extremely difficult to narrow the list. That is a great problem for our company and our community to have, and it’s great to know that there are so many talented students coming up through our local school system.”

Transportation Impact started its scholarship program in 2011. Typically the company provides two scholarships to local high school students, but that changed during the past two years due to the overwhelming qualifications of the students that applied.

“This year, we planned on awarding two scholarships, but had such a hard time deciding that we determined as a group that the right thing to do would be to award the seven we ultimately selected,” Byrd said.

The recipients are as follows:

Kylie Alexis Cleve (Swansboro) plans to attend UNC-CH where she will major in chemistry. Kylie is the daughter of Dewitt and Angela Cleve.

Marissa Janelle Elardo (Croatan) plans to attend UNC-CH where she will major in biology. Marissa is the daughter of John and Debra Elardo.

Nicholas Albert Green (West Carteret) plans to attend N.C. State University where he will major in agricultural engineering. Nick is son of Benjamin and Cathy Green.

Bryce Tyler McGovern (Swansboro High School) plans to attend N.C. State University where he will major in engineering. Bryce is the son of John and Kathryn McGovern.

Brody Ryan McGrath (Croatan) plans to attend St. Andrews University where he will enroll in pre-law. Brody is the son of David and Jane McGrath.

Sierra Ray Milosh (West Carteret High School) plans to attend UNC-CH where she will major in environmental science. Sierra is the daughter of Raymond Milosh and Stephanie Phillips.

Gessica Kalelynn Vallone, (Croatan High School) plans to attend UNC-W where she will major in political science. Gessica is the daughter of Geoffrey and Kimberly Vallone.

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About Transportation Impact

Transportation Impact is a parcel spend-management firm headquartered in Emerald Isle, N.C. Founded in 2008, the company offers parcel audit and carrier contract negotiation solutions to companies with a minimum net spend of $200,000 on FedEx and/or UPS parcel shipping services. For 2012, Transportation Impact ranked No. 547 on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. For more information, visit


Media contact:

Brandon Staton
(252) 764-2885
8002 Emerald Drive
Ste. B
Emerald Isle, NC 28594



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