OTA Offers Scholarships for University, College Students

Since 2008, the OTAEF has awarded $215,000 worth of scholarships.

TORONTO — The Ontario Trucking Association Education Foundation (OTAEF) is offering post-secondary students five opportunities to bring down the cost of their schooling.

The scholarships are funded by Ontario trucking companies with some offering as much as $1,600 for the winner.

“Students can apply for as many scholarships as they want, and are eligible to win more than one,” says Scott Smith of J.D. Smith and Sons, and also chairman of the foundation.

The five scholarships are offered on top of the Foundation General Scholarship, which is only available to students whose parents work in trucking or trucking-related companies. These opportunities are available to anyone. 

  • -Bison Transport Scholarship: $1,000 to a full-time student in a transportation, logistics, human-resources or business program at a Canadian university or college.
  • -The Erb Group of Companies Service to Community Scholarship: $1,000 to first-year university or college student who has shown a commitment to his/her community through involvement and/or charitable work.
  • -J.D. Smith & Sons Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship: $1,250 for a university or college student who has shown exemplary leadership qualities in a commitment to their school, community or other volunteer work.
  • -OTA Allied Trades Division Scholarship: $1,250 to one university student and $750 to one college student who have finished their first year and who have shown strong commitment to their academic performance.
  • -OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship Award: $1,600 to a university or college student who is the child of a professional commercial truck driver.

Since 2008, the OTAEF has awarded $215,000 in scholarships. For more information and to apply, visit otaef.com.

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