Deadline extended for Foundation Scholarship Applications (2018-07-11)

The deadline to submit scholarship applications to the OTA Education Foundation has been extended to July 20th from July 15th. “We have had some technical challenges associated with the website that applicants are asked to access to complete their applications, so it only seemed fair that students be granted a little more time to submit their applications” explained the Foundation’s Executive Director Betsy Sharples. Applicants are asked to submit a short essay about careers and jobs in trucking. Given that the resource they are asked to use was not always functioning properly, an alternate topic for the short essay portion of the application has been posted to the Foundation’s website.

 

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Students and parents are encouraged to browse the OTA Education Foundation's website (www.otaef.com) 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.

 

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 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 2018/2019 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 has also been extended to July 20th. Students can apply for as many scholarships as they want, and are eligible to receive more than one. Application forms for the following endowed scholarships are available:

 

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, who have 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: 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. To download the 2018/2019 application package or to make a donation, go to www.otaef.com.

 

Endowed scholarships are funded by the companies that established them and recipients are chosen by the Foundation’s Selection Committee.

 

Exceptional Seneca College students rewarded with TST Overland Express Scholarship(2018-05-29)

Two exceptional former students were recently recognized for their hard work and commitment to their studies at Seneca College by being awarded the TST Overland Express International Transportation and Customs scholarships. Recent graduates of the two-year transportation-related program, Monica Chaguan and Priscilla Guimaraes each received the scholarship, for their outstanding academic accomplishments.

 

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Wayne Gruszka, president of TST Overland Express is proud of this annual opportunity to recognize the academic achievements of students enrolled in transportation-related learning. “We are extremely pleased to be a part of the road to success for both of these young women, and welcome the opportunity to recognize hard-working students for their dedication to their studies”. Both students expressed appreciation for the financial boost to help cover tuition and other student-related costs.

 

Originally from Venezuela where she previously attended university, Monica has expressed a desire to attain various certificates related to freight-forwarding industry, such as those offered by CIFFA, in order to gain further knowledge and to improve her skills. She has also established a goal of attaining a Master’s degree in a related field. Currently employed with a freight forwarding company, Monica hopes to achieve a management position through which she can play an integral role in helping a company in its path to success.

 

Priscilla entered Seneca College already armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law, which she earned in her native Brazil. International Transportation and Customs seemed to be a natural extension to her previous education and reflected her interest in international trade. Priscilla has also set her sights on obtaining a Master’s Degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Ultimately, she would like to combine her legal background with her knowledge in international transportation to provide vital strategic thinking from different perspectives in a growing and competitive business.

 

The TST Overland Express International Transportation and Customs scholarships are awarded annually, and are funded by an endowment established by TST Overland Express, and is administered by the OTA Education Foundation.

 

Endowed Scholarships offer more Financial Assistance for Students (2018-05-07)

Parents and their university- and college-aged children are urged to check out the many scholarship opportunities that are offered through the OTA Education Foundation's endowed scholarship program. These annual scholarships have been established by trucking and service supply organizations through endowments that are managed by the Foundation.

 

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The Foundation offers a wide array of scholarships that reflect the priorities and values of the companies that endowed the funds and then worked with the Foundation in developing unique scholarship opportunities.

 

The Foundation’s board encourages students to take the time to review all the scholarship opportunities that the Foundation offers. The scholarships are offered in addition to the Foundation’s General Scholarships, which are available exclusively to children of parents who work in trucking and trucking-related companies. Endowed scholarship recipients are chosen by the Foundation’s Selection Committee. Students can apply for as many scholarships as they want, and are eligible to win more than one.  Applications are available to download from the Foundation’s website for the following scholarships:

 

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, who demonstrates a commitment to his/her community, through 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 Division Scholarships: Awarded to one university student and one college student, who has completed at least one year of post-secondary education, and who has demonstrated a strong commitment to his/her academic success.

 

OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship Award: Awarded to one university student each year who is the son or daughter of a professional commercial truck driver.

 

Scholarships have also been endowed by other companies, for which recipients are selected by secondary schools or post-secondary institutions. Don Anderson Haulage has sponsored annual scholarships to two graduating students from Stouffville District Secondary School, and Grant's Transport awards one scholarship annually to a graduating student from Timiskaming District Secondary School. Both Glasvan Great Dane Trailer Sales and Trailcon Leasing provide assistance to students enrolled in trailer service technician studies at Conestoga College, while TST Overland Express awards two scholarships to students enrolled in International Transportation and Customs at Seneca College.

 

Scholarships available for University and College Students (2018-04-30)

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 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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Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria and be sponsored by an Ontario trucking or trucking services/supply company that employs or contracts a parent of the applicant. In addition, students must submit a brief essay that answers a question about the trucking industry.

 

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 three awards are chosen by the Foundation's Selection Committee.

 

The Student Scholarship Application Package for the 2015/2016 academic year contains complete information and instructions, along with all the necessary forms for the general scholarships, as well as the J.O. Goodman, Bud Barr, George P. Ledson, and C.V. Hoar awards.

 

General 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. Go to the Foundations website to download the 2018/2019 application package or to make a donation.