Kristen Buss, Taira Fowler, Haley Holland, and Jacob Smith, all children of Dot employees, were named recipients of Dot’s scholarship program. Fowler and Holland were selected out of nominees from Dot’s eight distribution centers, representing the Maryland and Indiana DCs, respectively. Buss and Smith were chosen from the Mt. Sterling/Joliet, Ill., area, where Dot is headquartered. The graduates receive a renewable scholarship based on full-time student status and GPA requirements.

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“These students were not only successful academically in high school, but were involved in their schools and communities, through athletics, student council, honor societies and volunteer programs,” said Peggy Perry, Dot’s corporate recruiter. “We look forward to seeing them flourish in the next level of education and are thankful we can provide some financial assistance.”


Mt. Sterling resident Buss plans on attending John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill., before transferring to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville where she will major in biology. Fowler will attend Spellman College in Atlanta, Ga., in the fall and major in engineering. Holland of Connersville, Ind., will start at Purdue University in the fall and major in pharmacy. Smith, of Camp Point, Ill., will attend Quincy University and major in biology, before planning on enrolling in South Illinois University’s School of Dental Medicine. 

Dot Foods Inc. carries 100,000 products from 700 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods and Dot Transportation sell and deliver foodservice, convenience, retail, vending, equipment and supplies to leading distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in: Modesto, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; and Ardmore, Okla. For information, visit