JOHNS CREEK, GA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2010) - Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) is pleased to announce the names of 12 students receiving scholarships totaling $18,000 as part of the company's 2010 Scholarship Award Program. Since its inception in 2003, the program has awarded a total of $142,000 to 96 students including this year's recipients. Saia's Scholarship Program is designed to reinforce the importance of higher education and as a benefit to company employees. It is open to full-time employees attending college and/or their dependants who are designated full-time students.

The six students awarded a $2000 scholarship were as follows:

  • Jeffrey Castor of Northglenn, CO
  • Lance Ginn of Monroe, LA
  • Martika Gravette of Belton, MO
  • Ryan Hartsell of Salisbury, NC
  • Morgan McFetters of Spring Hill, TN
  • Monique Ornelas of Seagoville, TX

Another six students were awarded a $1000 scholarship as follows:

  • Melanie Cox of Rye, CO
  • Anna Espey of Ragley, LA
  • Adrian Melendez of El Paso, TX
  • Kelsey Savoy of Beau Ridge, LA
  • Alecia Smith of Pinconning, MI
  • Lauren White of Grand Prairie, TX

"This year, we received very impressive applications from a number of students," said Saia President and CEO Rick O'Dell. "It is very gratifying to see how much importance each places on getting a degree and building a solid future for themselves. We are proud to be able to support our employees and their dependents through this program."

Applications to the program are reviewed by a selection committee who evaluate each student's academic achievement, essay quality, community service, leadership capabilities, communication skills and recommendation letters. Scholarships are awarded based on achievement in one or more of three areas: Academic Merit, Community Service and/or Innovation.

About Saia, Inc.

Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) is a less-than-truckload provider of regional, interregional and guaranteed services covering 34 states. Saia is home to the industry-leading Xtreme Guarantee product which guarantees total customer satisfaction from pick-up through invoicing. Saia offers complete North American coverage through partner agreements. With headquarters in Johns Creek, GA and a network of 147 terminals, the carrier employs 7,400 people. For more information on Saia, visit

Contact Information:

For more information, please contact:
Jeannie S. Jump
Saia Corporate Communications Coordinator
Phone: 770-232-4069