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OTA announces exceptional scholarship winners

TORONTO, Ont. – Recipients of OTA Education Foundation scholarships which are earmarked for exceptional first-year post-secondary students were announced during the Ontario Trucking Association’s annual convention. In an address...


TORONTO, Ont. – Recipients of OTA Education Foundation scholarships which are earmarked for exceptional first-year post-secondary students were announced during the Ontario Trucking Association’s annual convention. In an address during the event’s Awards Tribute Dinner, Scott Smith, president of J.D. Smith and Sons and chairman of the Foundation noted that these and other scholarships are “only made possible through the generous donations from trucking and allied trade companies”.

The recipients are chosen by the Foundation’s Selection Committee members who “spend hours reviewing applications that are submitted by students who are the children of parents who work in the Ontario trucking industry”. “These students exhibit an impressive balance between academic abilities, service to community and strong personal values”, continued Smith.

The CV Hoar Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding first-year college applicant, was awarded to James Truelove. His application was sponsored by the Westchester Staffing Group of Kingston where his father worked as a driver for 2 years until he was killed in a trucking accident. James is attending St. Lawrence College where he is studying Police Foundations.

The JO Goodman Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding first-year university applicant, was awarded to Alexandra Suchon. Her application was sponsored by Atripco Delivery Service where Alexandra’s mother has worked for 22 years. Alexandra is attending the University of Waterloo where she is studying civil engineering.

The Bud Barr Scholarship, which is also awarded to an outstanding first-year university applicant, was awarded to Laura Hidvary. Her application was sponsored by Canada Cartage Systems, where her father is employed as an AZ driver. Laura is attending McMaster University where she is working towards a Bachelor of Science degree.

All three scholarship recipients are selected from all qualifying applications from students who are entering their first year of post-secondary studies at recognized universities or colleges.

The C. V. Hoar Scholarship is named for Charles Hoar, who is one of the founding members of the OTA Education Foundation and who led the Foundation into its current form when he helped establish the J.O. Goodman Awards in 1979.

The J.O. Goodman Scholarship is named for Joe Goodman, who for 44 years was Senior Staff Executive of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA).  He served as the Foundation’s Executive Director from its beginning in 1958 until 1978.

The Bud Barr Scholarship is named for Bud Barr, who served as the Foundation’s Executive Director from 1992 to 2005, following his retirement from a long career in the Ontario trucking industry. The scholarship honours the memory of Bud Barr, who passed away in 2009.

For more information on the OTA Education Foundation, go to www.otaef.com


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