OTA Education Foundation Announces Scholarship Winners (2007-11-15)

The OTA Education Foundation handed out more than $30,000 in scholarships to college and university students last month. Twenty-five Ontario-based students who are children of parents who work in the trucking industry each received funding to go towards their post-secondary education tuition fees and other academic expenses...

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“Nearly 75 students applied this year for scholarships” notes the Foundation’s executive director, Betsy Sharples. “As part of the Foundation’s recent review and modest restructuring, this year’s applicants were asked to demonstrate a general understating of the importance of Ontario’s trucking industry to the province’s economy and our general standard of living”. In addition to submitting an academic transcript, each student was asked to complete an essay that answered “why is the trucking industry important to Ontario’s economy?” in order for his/her application to be considered for a scholarship.

“It was great to read the essays that were sent in as part of the students’ application packages” say Scott Smith, chairman of the OTA Education Foundation.

“Our goal of enlightening some Ontario post-secondary students about the trucking industry was clearly met with respect to this year’s applicants. In some cases, the students really did quite a bit of research to answer the question”. All scholarship applications had to be sponsored by an Ontario trucking or allied product/service company that employs one of the student’s parents in order to be considered for an award. In addition, one outstanding student entering university from high school was awarded the J. O. Goodman Award, and one outstanding student entering college from high school was awarded the C. V. Hoar Award (see separate releases).

University Scholarship Recipients:

Student Name City/Town CollegeName Field of Study
Melanie Cosgrove Mississauga McGill University, Montreal Science/Pre-Med
Soomin Han North York McMaster University Hamilton Life Sciences
Nina Harnarine Richmond Hill University of Toronto, Toronto Forensic Science
Jessica Macmillan Jasper McMaster University, Hamilton Medical Radiation Services
Janice Yiu-Ying Yu Mississauga University of Toronto, Toronto Life Sciences
Jeffrey Ferguson Newmarket University of Ottawa, Ottawa History
Shannon Scott Mississauga Ryerson University, Toronto Business
Mellissa Buttineau Pickering University of Windsor, Windsor Mathametics/Education
Andrew Hercules Toronto York University, Toronto Political Science
Erin Broadfoot Stratrford Nipissing University, North Bay Masters –Education
Karen Sadler Newmarket University of Ottawa, Ottawa Religious Studies
Matthew Boyd Tottenham Nipissing University, North Bay Education
Sarah McDonald Paris University of Waterloo, Waterloo Applied Health & Science
Nikolas Eaves Guelph University of Waterloo, Waterloo Engineering
Jaclyn East New Liskeard Nipissing University, North Bay Liberal Arts 


College Scholarship Recipients:

Student Name City/Town CollegeName Field of Study
Allison Neil Frankford Sheridan College, Oakville Applied Arts Animation
Casey Roth Bright Algonquin College, Ottawa Health Sciences
Sherry Lotz Wellesley Conestoga College, Kitchener Early Childhood Education
Scott Elgie Sarnia Lambton College, Sarnia Engineering
Jeremy Forde Barrie Georgian College, Barrie Computer Programming
Trevor Longhurst Uxbridge Durham College, Whitby Gas Fitter (Apprentice)
Kim Crawford London Fanshawe College, London Early Childhood Education
Kase deJonge Plattsville Durham College, Oshawa Music Business Mgnt.
Allison Harrison St. Catharines Algonquin College, Ottawa Library & Information Tech.

J. O. Goodman Award Presented to McGill-Bound Student (2007-11-15)

Toronto – The OTA Education Foundation awarded the J. O. Goodman Award last month to Melanie Cosgrove, a Mississauga-based student headed to McGill University in Montreal and enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program. Melanie was chosen as the outstanding first-year university applicant by the OTA Education Foundation’s Selection Committee. J. O. Goodman applicants are assessed on their secondary school academic achievement, service to community and volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, as well as an essay on the trucking industry...

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The quality of the applications for the J. O. Goodman Award this year was exceptional” says long-term selection committee member Harold Gilbert a former Deputy Minister for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Communications. “I don’t recall a year when we have seen so many deserving students”.

In a field of outstanding applications, Melanie Cosgrove, a student graduating from Lorne Park Secondary School in Mississauga with an average mark of 94 %, stood out with her accomplishments. She achieved the highest marks in most, if not all, of her classes in each of her four years in high school, while participating in a diverse range of activities, such as leadership in her school’s fundraiser for the Children’s Wish Foundation. In addition to making the honour roll each year, she was also recognized as school Valedictorian and received the Academic Excellence Award, the Math Award, and the Cooperative Education Award.

While applying herself to her academic studies, Melanie also devoted hours of practice and world travel to train and participate in ski racing events with the International Ski Federation. “Melanie’s application was strong in all of the assessment criteria, without exception” noted fellow selection committee member Michael Burke, President and CEO of the Transportation Health and Safety Association of Ontario. “As a group, we feel completely justified in awarding Melanie with the J. O. Goodman Award for the 2007/08 academic year”.

The J. O. Goodman Scholarship Award winner is selected each year from all qualifying scholarship applications from students who are entering their first year post-secondary studies at a recognized university.


C. V. Hoar Award Winner has roots in Trucking Industry (2007-11-15)

Toronto – The OTA Education Foundation awarded the C. V. Hoar Award last month to Kristy MacDonald, a former student of St. John Catholic High School in Perth. Kristy is now attending Seneca College in Markham, where she will continue the family tradition of working in the transportation industry when she embarks on a two-year program on Travel and Tourism Flight Service. Both Kristy’s father and grandfather have roots in trucking, with her father working as a driver for Cavalier Transportation Services in Bolton, Ontario...

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Kristy was chosen as the outstanding first-year college applicant by the OTA Education Foundation’s Selection Committee. C.V. Hoar applicants are assessed on their secondary school academic achievement, service to community and volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, as well as an essay on the trucking industry.

“Kristy’s application really stood out in the collective eye of the Selection Committee” says committee member Barrie Montague, senior policy advisor for the Ontario Trucking Association. “Kristy took a very unique approach in her essay on trucking and its impact on the economy by comparing the industry to the circulatory system of the human body. Clearly, she put a great deal of thought into her answer”.

Kristy’s commitment to her community is evident. She has helped out at a local elementary school working in several primary grade classrooms. She has also been a volunteer at her church in Perth for 8 years taking care of toddlers during the church service. In addition, she has supported several community fundraisers such as the Ride for Dad program (in support of prostrate cancer research), Jump Start (in support of assisting underprivileged children participate in sports), as well as at the local Blood Donor Clinic and the Relay for Life.

The C. V. Hoar Scholarship Award winner is selected each year from all qualifying scholarship applications from students who are entering their first year post-secondary studies at a recognized college.

Grant’s Transport Scholarship Awarded to Top Graduating Math Student (2007-11-15)

Toronto – Grant’s Transport of New Liskeard, ON awarded its first academic scholarship under the OTA Education Foundation’s endowed scholarship program. The scholarship was awarded to Benjamin Hutten-Czapski, a first-year student enrolled in Chemical Engineering studies (Bachelor’s Degree) at the University of Ottawa. The scholarship was announced last November, and is awarded each year to the top university-bound math student at Timiskaming District Secondary School, also located in New Liskeard, ON...

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“We see this as a great opportunity to assist one local student each year”, comments Gord Grant, president of Grant’s Transport Limited. “Not only do we offer some financial assistance to deserving student, but this gives us a chance to be seen as a good corporate citizen in our local community”. When asked why the scholarship is awarded to the top math student, Grant replies “as a trained engineer, I have a great deal of respect for mathematics, and those who excel in it. I had no idea that the first recipient of our award was headed off to university for an engineering degree, too”.

Not only is this year’s recipient accomplished in the mathematics component, he also had the highest overall average mark in his graduating class, having also been awarded the Governor General’s Medal for being top in all classes. Upon completion of his under-graduate degree, Mr. Hutten-Czapski hopes to attend medical school.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, Mr. Hutten-Czapski is involved with the Ottawa Chapter of the Children’s AIDS Health Program as the media representative as well as several other volunteer positions. He has also co-founded his own organization called Spread TREES not AIDS, which has a dual focus on the environment and HIV/AIDS awareness. “The premise of the organization is simple”, notes Hutten-Czapski. “Through a simple donation, a tree is planted and money put towards HIV and AIDS education through the Children’s AIDS Health Program and other affiliated organizations”. Initially, efforts will focus on the nation of Haiti, which “has been devastated by deforestationand by HIV”.

The Grant’s Transport Scholarship Award is awarded annually and funded by an endowed fund administered by the OTA Education Foundation, Inc.

Erb Group announces Service to Community Scholarship (2007-11-15)

Toronto –The Erb Group of Companies, of New Hamburg, ON announced that it has established a scholarship that will recognize one first-year university or college student each year who exemplifies the greatest community spirit and/or charitable involvement...

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“We feel privileged in many ways to be able to help educate an individual each year who is already an asset to his/her community”, says Vernon Erb, president and chairman of the board at the Erb Group of Companies. “We feel so strongly at Erb about the importance of community service, that it is included in our Mission Statement”.

Since Vernon Erb began his business in the 1950s, the Erb Group has enthusiastically contributed on every level to the progress and well-being of the charitable, sporting, religious and social organizations within the company’s local area. Vernon always felt that by providing service and satisfaction, success wouldfollow naturally in his business – and it has. “We believe that the student whoprovides service and satisfaction to his/her community will also enjoy success as aresult of this commitment”.

The Service to Community Scholarship is available to any student enrolled in his/her first year of post-secondary studies a recognized Canadian university or college. The scholarship will be awarded annually and is funded by an endowed fund administered by the OTA Education Foundation, Inc.