OTA’s Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients

TORONTO — Though it was tough to make their decisions last month, the Ontario Trucking Association’s (OTA) Education Foundation Selection Committee said five scholarship winners have emerged.

The Bison Transport Scholarship:

Awarded to Cam Brubacher, a resident of Milverton, Ontario who is currently enrolled in his third year of an Honours Concurrent Education program at Wilfrid Laurier University. Cam has known that he wanted to become a teacher since he was in grade five, when he started to volunteer to help teachers with younger classes.

“I want to set a good role model for students” Cam stated in a letter to the Selection Committee. Cam says he also wants to show them how to make good choices and how to make positive contributions to their communities.

The Bison Transport Scholarship is awarded to one post-secondary student who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to his/her academic studies, and who is enrolled in full time studies at a recognized university or college in Canada.

The Erb Group of Companies “Service to Community” Scholarship:

Awarded to Kevin Dunk, a resident of Warkworth, Ontario and a Construction Engineering Technician student at Algonquin College. Dunk has been an active member of Scouting for ten years, and has helped with several Scouting events. He has also volunteered for the local hockey association, the town of Warkworth, his high school and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The Erb Group of Companies “Service to Community” Scholarship is 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.

The JD Smith and Sons “Leaders of Tomorrow” Scholarship:

Awarded to Kelly Nelson, whose father is an owner-operator for a Mississauga trucking company. Kelly is a resident of Tyrone, Ontario, and is enrolled in the third year of studies at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS, where she is working towards an advanced major in mathematics.

The J. D. Smith and Sons “leaders of Tomorrow” Scholarship recognizes one student each year who is the child of a parent who works in the Ontario trucking industry, and who demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities through undertakings in his/her community, school or other volunteer work.

The OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship:

Awarded to Sylvia Gurczak, whose father is an owner-operator for Empire Transportation of Grimsby, ON. Sylvia is a third year student enrolled in Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario and hopes to work in advertising or for a publication upon graduating.

The OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship recognizes the hard work, dedication and professionalism of all Ontario truck drivers, and honours the memory of those who have lost their lives while driving on-the-job. Applicants must be the child of a commercial driver who has been driving professionally for a minimum of five years.

The OTA Allied Trades Division Scholarship Recipients:

University Scholarship: Kevin McIlvenna, a resident of Smiths Falls, ON and a fourth-year student at Queen’s University.

College Scholarship: Megan Tilley, a resident of Oakville, ON and a second-year student in Sheridan College’s Journalism program, previously completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Ottawa.

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

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