JOHNS CREEK, GA--(Marketwire - Aug 18, 2011) - Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ: SAIA) is pleased to announce the names of 12 students receiving scholarships totaling $18,000 as part of the company's 2011 scholarship program. Since its inception in 2003, the program has awarded a total of $154,000 to 101 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 following six students were awarded a $2000 scholarship:

  • Sandrina Espaillat of Richmond, Va.
  • Jessica Higginbotham of Pocahontas, Ark.
  • Michelle Leute of Cape Coral, Fla.
  • Ashlee Martinez of Galena Park, Texas
  • Darlene Olmedo of Reseda, Calif.
  • Werner Wolff of Spencerville, Ind.

Another six students were awarded a $1000 scholarship. They include:

  • Sarah Babin of Marrero, La.
  • Nichelle Burrison of Stockbridge, Ga.
  • Adrian Melendez of El Paso, Texas
  • Marc A. Rachel of Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Alecia Smith of Pinconning, Mich.
  • Bailey Williams of Fort Smith, Ark.

"We are always happy to recognize these very deserving students with educational assistance," said Saia President and CEO Rick O'Dell. "The applications the committee reviewed were excellent and highlighted each student's achievements. Indeed, this year, there were many worthy applicants, which made the task of selecting who to recognize very difficult. Most all of this year's applicants are very well respected in the communities where they live and each came highly recommended by their teachers, professors and community leaders."

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 148 terminals, the carrier employs 8,000 people. For more information on Saia, visit the Saia Website at

Contact Information:

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