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OTA Education Foundation accepting annual scholarship applications

TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association Education Foundation has released information about its annual general and endowed scholarships to assist post-secondary students with the financial responsibility of paying for a college and/or university education.

The annual endowed scholarships have been established by trucking companies through endowments managed by the Foundation. General scholarships are funded by annual donations which come from Ontario trucking and allied trades companies and are offered exclusively to children of parents who work in trucking and trucking-related companies, whereas endowed scholarships are saved for those students with specific academic or community-involvement requirements.

Endowed scholarship recipients are chosen by the Foundation’s Selection Committee. Students can apply for as many scholarships as they want, and are eligible to win more than one.

The Foundation’s board encourages students to look through the different scholarship opportunities.

The following endowed scholarships are available:

Bison Transport Scholarship: Awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a recognized Transportation, Logistics, Human Resources or Business program at a Canadian university or college.

The Erb Group of Companies “Service to Community” Scholarship: Awarded to a first-year post-secondary student enrolled in a recognized college or university, who demonstrates a commitment to his/her community, and/or charitable volunteer work.

J.D. Smith & Sons “Leaders of Tomorrow” Scholarship: Awarded to a university student who demonstrates a commitment to his/her community, school or other volunteer undertaking while demonstrating leadership qualities.

OTA Allied Trades Division Scholarships: Awarded to one university student and one college student, who has completed at least one year of post-secondary education, and who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his/her academic success.

OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship Award: Awarded to one university student each year who is the son or daughter of a professional commercial truck driver.

Scholarships have also been endowed by other companies, for which recipients are selected by secondary schools or post-secondary institutions. Don Anderson Haulage has sponsored annual scholarships to two graduating students from Stouffville District Secondary School, and Grant’s Transport awards one scholarship to a graduating student from Timiskaming District Secondary School. Both Glasvan Great Dane Trailer Sales and Trailcon Leasing provide assistance to students enrolled in trailer service technician studies at Conestoga College, while TST Overland Express awards two scholarships to students enrolled in International Transportation and Customs at Seneca College.

For the general scholarships, students can apply in the amounts of $1,500 and $1,000 to help them fund their tuition. They must meet all eligibility criteria and be sponsored by an Ontario trucking or trucking services/supply company that employs  a parent of the applicant. Students must also submit a brief essay that answers a question about the trucking industry.

The Student Scholarship Application Package for the 2015/2016 academic year contains complete information and instructions, along with all the necessary forms for the scholarships.

For more information and to download application forms visit the official Web site, here:


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