TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association Education Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for Ontario post-secondary students. Students can apply for university or college scholarships in the amount of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively to help them fund their tuition and other academic fees. In addition, students entering their first year of post-secondary studies directly from high school are eligible to apply for the J.O. Goodman Award (university) or the C. V. Hoar Award (college).
In order to be eligible for the scholarships, students must provide proof of acceptance into a recognized full-time program at an approved university or college, be 25 years of age or under as of Jan. 1, 2010 and be sponsored by an Ontario trucking company or trucking services/supply company that employs or contracts a parent of the applicant. In addition, students must submit a brief essay that answers a question about the trucking industry.
While the same application form can be used to apply for the J.O. Goodman and C.V. Hoar awards, there are some additional requirements. Applications for the J.O. Goodman and C.V. Hoar awards are assessed on criteria which include academic achievement, service to community, and extracurricular activities. Winners are chosen by the Foundation’s selection committee.
The OTA Education Foundation college and university scholarships as well as the J.O. Goodman and C.V. Hoar awards are funded through donations that are received primarily from trucking and trucking related companies, for which tax receipts are issued. The number of scholarships disbursed each year is dependent, in part, on the amount received in donations for that year. The OTA Education Foundation provided nearly $45,000 in assistance to post-secondary students for the 2009/2010 academic year.
The Student Scholarship Application Package for the 2010/2011 Academic Year contains complete information and instructions, along with all the necessary forms for the general scholarships, as well as the J.O. Goodman and C.V. Hoar awards. To download the 2010/2011 application package or to make a donation, go to http://www.ontruck.org/educationfoundation.
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