Students receive scholarships from MTA

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WINNIPEG, Man. — The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) awarded scholarships to nine individuals at its annual Scholarship Presentation Luncheon held last week.


The scholarship program, now in its 23rd year, is designed to assist MTA member employees and their dependants in order to recognize member firms’ contributions to the industry. The scholarships are offered in two categories: academic and apprenticeship awards.


The winners of the Academic Scholarships were Sara Janssen (Canadian Freightways), Serena Klippenstein (Kenworth Custom Truck Sales), and Eric Williams (Arnold Bros).


Justin Blagden (Bison Transport) took home the Winnipeg Transportation Club Scholarship, which is designed to assist students either planning to study or already pursuing post-secondary education in a field related to the transportation industry.


Anton Kapustin (TransX) won the Edward Ewanochko Scholarship, created to honour its namesake who was “a seminal figure in the development of transportation risk management programs in Manitoba, to promote professional growth within the truck transportation industry,” according to the MTA.


The selection of these two scholarship recipients is based on a combination of academic achievement, community involvement and financial need.


Winner of the Level 1 Transport Trailer Mechanic award was Barry Biswanger (Kleysen Transportation Solutions) while Tim Janzen took home the Level 1 Transport Truck Mechanic award (Maxim Truck and Trailer). The Level 2 Transport Truck Mechanic award winner was Ronnie Bennett (Maxim Truck and Trailer) and the Level 2 Transport Trailer Mechanic award went to Andrew Pries (Big Freight Systems).


Academic scholarships are awarded to applicants that have the highest overall average in 4-40S subjects. The apprenticeship scholarships are awarded to the top Level 1 and Level 2 graduates in the Transport Truck Mechanic and Trailer Mechanic Apprenticeship program.


The MTA’s Associated Trades Division grants $1,000 for each scholarship award and two Level 2 apprenticeship awards. The Vehicle Maintenance Council sponsors two awards in the amount of $500 each, plus a $500 gift certificate for Brookside Tool Sales to apprentices in the Level 1 Transport Truck Mechanic and Transport Trailer Mechanic Apprenticeships program.


The MTA says about 32,000 people are employed either directly or indirectly in the trucking industry within the province.

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