OTA Education Foundation announces Endowed Scholarship Recipients (2017-09-05)

The OTA Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Endowed Scholarships, which were established by trucking industry organizations under the Foundation’s Endowed Scholarship Program.

 

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The Bison Transport Scholarship was awarded to Julian Donovan, a resident of London, Ontario who is currently enrolled in his fifth and final year at the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School where he is earning dual Honours degrees in Business Administration and Global Economics. Julian aspires to be a “social entrepreneur – someone who develops business that directly create positive changes in communities”, he stated in his application. He plans to work in management consulting or a start-up company.

 

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

 

The Erb Group of Companies “Service to Community” Scholarship was awarded to Brooklyn Patrick, a resident of Johnstown, Ontario and a Communications student at the University of Ottawa. Brooklyn has a “passion to give back” to her community, as well as to “give others a voice”. Her passion is demonstrated by her devotion to youth engagement in her school and community, as evidenced by her involvement with several advisory panels and councils. Brooklyn plans to continue her community service when she starts university to “create a Girl’s Government Group for young women” to encourage women to pursue roles in politics.

 

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 was awarded to Kevin Soetemans, whose mother is the office manager with VanBree Drainage and Bulldozing in Warwick. Kevin started to develop his leadership skills in Grade 9, and moved on to co-found his high school’s GPS (Getting Possibilities Started) program, and then served as a youth facilitator. He also served as the school’s student representative on the Parent Council and liaison to the School Board, as well as serving as co-president of the Student Council. Ryan is studying International Relations at the University of Windsor.

 

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

 

The OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Amy Stride, whose father has been a driver for Contrans Flatbed Group since 2009.  Amy is a third-year student

at Hamilton’s McMaster University where she is studying for an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice, Political Philosophy and Law.

 

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 5 years.

 

The OTA Allied Trades University Scholarship was awarded to Abagail Warren who just completed her first year at Trent University where she is working on earning an Honours Bachelor of Science degree focusing on Biology. Once she completes her undergraduate degree, Abagail plans to apply to medical school to become a doctor to pursue her interests in Genetics, Pathology, or Gynecology.

 

The OTA Allied Trades College Scholarship was awarded to Austin Chalmers who recently completed his second year of a four-year Bachelor of Human Services (Police Studies) degree at Georgian College. Austin has set a goal of becoming a “successful, highly respected, high ranked and professional police officer”. He would also like to earn a Master’s in Forensic Psychology to help advance his career.

 

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

 

The OTA Education Foundation’s Endowed Scholarship program is funded entirely by one-time contributions by the organizations for which the scholarships are named. The eligibility and assessment criteria are determined jointly between the endowed fund contributors and the Foundation, who also administers the scholarship program.

 

Outstanding Students recognized with Foundation Scholarships (2017-09-05)

Recipients of OTA Education Foundation scholarships, which are earmarked for exceptional first-year post-secondary students, have been awarded to 4 high-achieving students for the 2017 academic year.

 

The recipients are chosen by the Foundation’s Selection Committee, which spends a great deal of time reviewing applications that are submitted by students who are the children of parents who work in the Ontario trucking industry. “Each year, the Selection Committee is duly impressed and overwhelmed with these applicants’ extraordinary qualifications”, says Foundation chair, Scott Smith. Each of these 2017 scholarship recipients presented an “impressive balance between academic performance, service to community, and strong personal values”, and are “extremely deserving of this extra recognition”.

 

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The JO Goodman, Bud Barr, and George P. Ledson Scholarships are awarded to first-year university applicants, while the CV Hoar Scholarship is awarded to a first-year college applicant. Applicants are asked to describe their academic and personal accomplishments, contributions to community, extra-curricular activities, as well as personal, academic and career goals.

 

The JO Goodman Scholarship was awarded to Justin Yanosik of Smiths Falls, Ontario. His application was sponsored by Wills Transfer Limited, where Justin’s father has worked for 7 years. Justin is starting his first year at Queen’s University where he is studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Engineering.

 

The Bud Barr Scholarship was awarded to Brooklyn Patrick of Johnstown, Ontario. Her application was sponsored by Kriska Holdings Limited, where Brooklyn’s mother has been employed for 24 years. Brooklyn is pursuing an Honours Bachelor degree in Communications at the University of Ottawa.

 

The George P. Ledson Scholarship was awarded to Brenna Morgan of Paris, Ontario. Her application was sponsored by Logikor Inc., where Brenna’s father has been employed for 9 years. Brenna is studying for degrees in Applied Science and Engineering, with a focus on biotechnology.

 

The CV Hoar Scholarship was awarded to Ryan Soetemans of Watford, Ontario. His application was sponsored by Van Bree Drainage & Bulldozing Ltd., where Ryan’s mother has been employed for 25 years. Ryan is studying Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology at Lambton College in Sarnia.

 

All scholarship recipients are selected from qualifying applications from students who are entering their first year of post-secondary studies at public universities or colleges. In addition to the Goodman, Barr, Ledson, and Hoar scholarships, 28 general university and college scholarships for 2017 were previously awarded to students who submitted applications sponsored by Ontario-based trucking and allied trade companies where the applicants’ parents work.

 

The J.O. Goodman Scholarship is named for Joe Goodman, who for 44 years was Senior Staff Executive of the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA).  He served as the Foundation’s Executive Director from its beginning in 1958 until 1978.

 

The Bud Barr Scholarship is named for William (Bud) Barr, who served as the Foundation’s Executive Director from 1992 to 2005, following his retirement from a long career in the Ontario trucking industry. The scholarship honours the memory of Bud Barr, who passed away in 2009.

 

The George P. Ledson Scholarship is named for George Ledson, who until his resignation in 2015, served as a director on the Foundation’s board for 20 years.

The C. V. Hoar Scholarship is named for Charles Hoar, who is one of the founding members of the OTA Education Foundation and who led the Foundation into its current form when he helped establish the J.O. Goodman Awards in 1979.

 

General scholarships, including the Goodman, Barr, Ledson, and Hoar scholarships, are funded by annual donations, which, in large part, come from Ontario trucking and allied trades companies. The number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent on the amount that the Foundation receives in donations.

 

Deadline approaching for Foundation Scholarship Applications (2017-06-26)

Students and parents are encouraged to browse the OTA Education Foundation's website to download application forms for Education Foundation scholarships. Students can apply for general university or college scholarships in the amounts of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively to help them fund their tuition and other academic fees.

 

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General applicants must meet all eligibility criteria, which includes having the application sponsored by an Ontario trucking or trucking services/supply company that employs or contracts a parent of the applicant. Students must also submit their applications by the deadline of July 15th in order to be considered.

Students entering their first year of post-secondary directly from high school are eligible to apply for the J.O. Goodman, the Bud Barr, George P. Ledson, or the C.V. Hoar Awards. While the same application form can be used, there are additional requirements. Applicants are assessed on criteria which include academic achievement, service to community, and participation in extra-curricular activities. Winners for these awards are chosen by the Foundation's Selection Committee.

 

The Student Scholarship Application Package for the 2017/2018 academic year contains complete information and instructions, along with all the necessary forms for the general scholarships.

 

Endowed Scholarships also available

Post-secondary students are also urged to take a look at the scholarship opportunities under the Foundation’s endowed scholarship program. These scholarships have been established by trucking and service supply companies through endowments that are managed by the Foundation, and reflect the priorities and values of the companies that established them.

 

The deadline for completed applications for endowed scholarships is also July 15th. Students can apply for as many scholarships as they want, and are eligible to receive more than one. Click here for Endowed Scholarship application forms.

 

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 Scholarships: Awarded to one university student and one college student, each of whom has 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.

 

General scholarships (including the J.O. Goodman, Bud Barr, George P. Ledson, and C.V. Hoar awards) are funded by annual donations, which, in large part, come from Ontario trucking and allied trades companies. The number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent on the amount that the Foundation receives in donations. Go to the Foundation's website to download the 2017/2018 application package or to make a donation. Endowed scholarships are funded by the companies that established them. Recipients are chosen by the Foundation’s Selection Committee.

 

Trailcon Leasing awards 2017 Scholarship (2017-05-29)

The 2017 Trailcon Leasing Trailer Service Technician Scholarship was presented to Ian Taylor of St. George, Ontario by Trailcon’s director of operations, Don Andrews last Wednesday at the Annual Trades & Apprenticeship Awards Presentation hosted by Waterloo’s Conestoga College. Ian was chosen by the college for excelling in the Truck Trailer Service module of its Motive Power Fundamentals program using criteria established by Trailcon Leasing, the OTA Education Foundation, and Conestoga College.

 

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Ian recently completed year one of a two-year Motive Power Truck and Coach Technician program. He graduated from high school with an Honours with Distinction, along with recognition as an Ontario Scholar. His long-term goal is to become a shop foreman or service manager, or possibly coming back to the college as a teacher.

 

Trailcon Leasing president Al Boughton is pleased to provide financial assistance for students enrolled in skilled trades programs. “Skilled workers are very much in demand in Ontario, and we are pleased to award this scholarship each year to a deserving individual whose skills will one day benefit the trucking industry” said Boughton after the presentation.

 

Winners are selected by Conestoga College using academic performance criteria along with established criteria to assess financial need. The Trailcon Leasing Trailer Service Technician Scholarship is funded by an endowment established by Trailcon Leasing Inc., and is administered by the OTA Education Foundationion Package.

 

Glasvan Great Dane Scholarship Awarded to Top Achiever (2017-05-29)

The Glasvan Great Dane Truck Trailer Service Technician scholarship was awarded to Dylan Armstrong of Guelph last Wednesday. Dylan was recognized for being a top academic achiever in the truck-trailer service unit of Conestoga College's Motive Power Fundamentals program. The scholarship was handed out during the college's annual Trades & Apprenticeship Awards Presentation held at its Trades campus in Waterloo.

 

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Dylan recently completed year one of a two-year Motive Power Truck and Coach Technician program. His commitment to academics was rewarded in high school where he attained Honour Roll status, and where he was a member of the Racing Team, as well as the school’s Link Crew that helps orient first year students to high school.

 

“We continue to view our annual scholarship as a great opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of first-year truck and trailer technician students to their studies in this important trade”, said Glasvan Great Dane Trailer Sales president Paul Cobham after the awards presentation. He further emphasised the importance of providing “financial relief and support to students who will one day join trucking industry workforce”.

 

The winner of the Glasvan Great Dane scholarships is selected by Conestoga College using academic performance as the primary criterion. The scholarship is funded by an endowment established by Glasvan Trailers Inc., and is administered by the OTA Education Foundation.