OTA Education Foundation urging students to apply for scholarships

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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association Education Foundation is urging university and college students to look at scholarships opportunities through its endowed scholarship program. These scholarships have been established by trucking and service supply companies through endowments that are managed by the Foundation. Income from the endowed investments is used to fund specific scholarships in perpetuity.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that all of the Foundation’s endowed scholarships are now fully developed, and available for students to make application under,” says Betsy Sharples, the Foundation’s executive director. “We now offer a wide array of scholarships that reflect the priorities and values of the companies that endowed these funds and then worked with us in developing several unique scholarship opportunities.”

The scholarships include:

-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, through his/her involvement in 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 exemplary leadership qualities.

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

-OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship Award – Awarded in the memory of a true truck hero, David Virgoe, who lost his life in a crash caused by street racers, for children of Ontario truck drivers who are killed or seriously injured on the road.

In addition, the following endowed scholarships have been established in conjunction with specific education institutions such as high schools and colleges. Winners are selected by the schools’ respective selection committees:

-Don Anderson Haulage Business Scholarship/Don Anderson Haulage Technology Scholarship – Awarded to two students graduating from Stouffville District Secondary School who are pursuing educations in business or technology at the college level.

-Glasvan Great Dane Truck-Trailer Service Technician Scholarship – Awarded to two high-achieving students each year who are enrolled in the Truck Trailer Service Co-op program at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

-Grant’s Transport Math Scholarship – Awarded to the top university-bound math student graduating from Timiskaming District Secondary School.

-Trailcon Leasing Truck-Trailer Service Technician Scholarship – Awarded to one student each year who is enrolled in the Truck Trailer Service Co-op program at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

-TST Overland Express International Transportation and Customs Scholarship – Awarded to two students entering their second year in Seneca College’s International Transportation and Customs diploma program.

For more information and to download application forms, go to www.ontruck.org/educationfoundation.

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