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OTA Education Foundation awards scholarships to pair of students

TORONTO, Ont. -- The OTA Education Foundation has doled out a pair of scholarships to deserving students.


TORONTO, Ont. — The OTA Education Foundation has doled out a pair of scholarships to deserving students.

The 2011 C.V. Hoar Scholarship went Brittany Jasek, a former student of Lakeshore Catholic High School of Port Colborne, while the 2011 J. O. Goodman Scholarship went to Bailey Todd, a University of Ottawa student who is pursuing an Honours Degree in Science in French immersion.

Jasek is currently attending Mohawk College in Hamilton where she is studying Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Her scholarship application was sponsored by Cavalier Transportation Services in Bolton, Ont., where her father has worked as a driver for nearly five years.

Jasek was chosen as the outstanding first-year college applicant by the Foundation’s Selection Committee. C.V. Hoar applicants are assessed on their high school academic achievement, service to community and volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, as well as an essay that answers a question on trucking.

“I am very determined to start my own business within the next five years,” said Jasek in a letter addressed to the Selection Committee. She plans to take courses in business and fashion design, after which she hopes to open a store in the Niagara-Haldimand area.

Jasek worked part-time during high school, and completed two sessions of co-op which provided the opportunity for her to learn what it takes to manage a small business. She also held a part-time job, volunteered at the public library and at school, while maintaining honour-roll standing.

The C.V. Hoar Scholarship Award winner is selected each year from all qualifying scholarship applications from students who are entering their first year post-secondary studies at a recognized college.

J.O. Goodman winner Bailey Todd is a graduate of Uxbridge Secondary School in Uxbridge, where she played rep hockey, was involved in several school clubs and teams managed two part-time jobs and still made the honour roll. Todd’s application was sponsored by Don Anderson Haulage Limited.

Todd was chosen as the outstanding first-year university applicant by the Foundation’s Selection Committee. J.O. Goodman applicants are assessed on their high school academic achievement, service to community and volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, as well as an essay that answers a question on trucking.

Todd’s service as a volunteer is extensive, having volunteered with the Canadian Association for Riding for the Disabled, Uxbridge Fall Fair, Uxbridge Cottage Hospital, Jennifer-Ashleigh Children’s Charity, and Rick Hansen’s Wheels in Motion. Todd claims her greatest accomplishment is the completion of the bronze, silver and gold standard of the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award which recognizes physical activity, community service, the acquisition of new skills and involves an adventurous component as well.

Once she has earned her Honours Bachelor of Health Science degree, Todd plans to study dentistry, a goal she has held since grade three.

“As a selection committee, we really felt that Ms. Todd epitomizes what the J.O. Goodman award stands for,” said selection committee member Barrie Montague, formerly of the Ontario Trucking Association. The committee says it was impressed by Todd’s sense of community and her appreciation for the opportunities that she has had in her life.

The J. O. Goodman Scholarship Award winner is selected each year from all qualifying scholarship applications from students who are entering their first year post-secondary studies at a recognized university.


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