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OTA extends deadline for driver memorial scholarship

TORONTO, Ont. -- The OTA Education Foundation has extended the deadline for its Professional Driver Memorial S...


TORONTO, Ont. — The OTA Education Foundation has extended the deadline for its Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship to Oct. 31. The $2,000 scholarship will aid one university or college student who is a son or daughter of a professional truck driver who has been killed or seriously injured while driving a commercial vehicle on the job.

Following the death of Ontario truck driver David Virgoe in June 2007, the OTA announced it was donating $40,000 to endow a perpetual scholarship for children of Ontario truck drivers who are killed or seriously injured while driving on the job. Virgoe was called a hero by OPP officers after taking evasive action to avoid oncoming traffic as a result of a street racing incident.

To be considered for the 2010/2011 academic year, applicants must be enrolled in or registered to attend a recognized Canadian university or college on a full-time basis, and be under the age of 25 as of January 1, 2010. The application process also requires the inclusion of letters from both the student applicant as well as the employer/carrier of the applicant’s parent.

To download an application, visit www.ontruck.org/educationfoundation. For more information, contact executive director Betsy Sharples at education.foundation@ontruck.org.


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