Bud Barr honoured as namesake of new scholarship

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TORONTO, Ont. — The OTA Education Foundation has announced a new scholarship, the Bud Barr Award, which will honour the memory of Ontario trucking industry mainstay William “Bud” Barr.

Barr, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 88, was a decades-long member of the Ontario Trucking Association and served as executive director of the OTA Education Foundation from 1992 until 2005, when his failing health forced him to step down.

“The Education Foundation’s board is honoured to be able to pay tribute to Bud by naming a scholarship after him” said Scott Smith, Foundation chairman and president of J. D. Smith and Sons, at the Annual Awards Luncheon of the OTA convention. “It is extremely fitting that Bud’s memory will live on through this scholarship.”

The annual scholarship will be awarded to one outstanding student each year who is entering university from high school. The recipient will be selected by the OTA Education Foundation’s selection committee, and applicants will be assessed on their academic and personal accomplishments, contributions to community, extra-curricular activities, as well as personal, academic and career goals. This scholarship, like the J. O. Goodman and C. V. Hoar awards, will be funded through donations to the Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2012.

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