Outstanding First-Year Students Recognized for Achievements (2012-11-09)

The OTA Education Foundation awarded three exceptional first-year university and college students with supplementary scholarships to recognize their outstanding achievements. The scholarship applicants are assessed on their high school academic achievement, service to community and volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, as well as an essay that answers a question on trucking...

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The inaugural Bud Barr Scholarship, which was announced at OTA’s 2011 convention, was awarded to Katrina Frausel, as resident of Welland who is studying for a Bachelor of Sociology degree at the University of Victoria. Katrina plans to attain her Masters and PhD in Sociology and wants to inspire future leaders to promote change. Her application was sponsored by Empire Transportation of Grimsby, where Katarina’s father has worked as a dispatcher for 11 years.

The J.O. Goodman Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Stacey, a resident of Haileybury who is attending Queen’s University with the goal of attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Global Development Studies and a minor in English. Lauren hopes to gain a position at “Me to We” as a leadership facilitator. Her application was sponsored by Grant’s Transport of New Liskeard, where her father is employed as a truck driver.

The C.V. Hoar Scholarship was awarded to Patricia Bailey, a resident of Gore Bay who is studying Community and Justice Services at Cambrian College in Sudbury. Patricia’s long-term goal is to establish a sports camp for children with behavioural problems. Her application was sponsored by Manitoulin Transport of Gore Bay, where her mother is employed as a claims analyst.

All three scholarship recipients were chosen by the Foundation’s Selection Committee, and are selected each year from all qualifying scholarship applications from students who are entering their first year of post-secondary studies at recognized universities or colleges. The scholarships are funded from donations which come primarily from trucking and allied trades companies.

The Bud Barr Scholarship is named for 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 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 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.


OTA Education Foundation Announces Endowed Scholarship Recipients (2012-10-22)

The OTA Education Foundation’s Selection Committee had some tough decisions to make when it met last month to select recipients for five prestigious scholarships. The scholarships have been sponsored by trucking industry organizations under the Foundation’s Endowed Scholarship Program...

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The Bison Transport Scholarship was 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 5, when he started to volunteer to help teachers with younger classes. “I want to set a good role model for students” stated Cam in a letter to the Selection Committee. He also wants to show them how to make good choices and how to make positive contributions to their communities, as he has done with extensive volunteering.

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 was awarded to Kevin Dunk, a resident of Warkworth, Ontario and a Construction Engineering Technician student at Algonquin College. Kevin has been an active member of Scouting for ten years, and has helped with several Scouting events. He has also volunteered extensively 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 was 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. Kelly’s leadership abilities are clearly demonstrated through her numerous roles both in and out of school. She was named valedictorian of her grade 8 class, was “prime minister” of her high school’s student council, and was selected as one of the 2010 Faces of the Future in high school. In university, she served as a resident assistant, and is co-president of the university’s Math Society, and is now serving as a residence House Director.

The OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship was 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. In her essay to the Selection Committee, Sylvia speaks of her father’s “dedication, professional and hard work” and his belief that safety is critical to success.

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 Division Scholarships were awarded to one university and one college student. Kevin McIlvenna, a resident of Smiths Falls, ON and a fourth-year student at Queen’s University received the University scholarship. Kevin is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce degree, along with a professional accounting designation, and has already set his sights on obtaining a MBA degree.

Megan Tilley, a resident of Oakville, ON and a second-year student in Sheridan College’s Journalism program has already completed a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Ottawa, and is the recipient of the division’s College scholarship. Armed with her diploma in print journalism, Megan hopes to land a job in magazine publishing where she can hone her skills as a writer editor and page designer.

The OTA Allied Trades Davison 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.

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.


Grant’s Transport Scholarship Winner sets Sights on Vet School (2012-10-04)

The Grant’s Transport Limited Mathematics scholarship was awarded to Lisa Belanger, a grade 12 graduate of Timiskaming District Secondary School who is working towards attaining a Bachelor of Science at Nipissing University in North Bay,. The scholarship, sponsored by Grant’s Transport Limited of New Liskeard, Ontario is awarded annually to the school’s top university-bound math student...

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“We are extremely pleased to be able to provide financial assistance to such a deserving student”, says Gord Grant, president of Grant’s Transport Limited. “With post-secondary tuition and related fees on a steady rise, we feel that it is important for us to continue to support students in the community that has contributed to the success of Grant’s Transport”.

Lisa plans to major in biology, and then attend the University of Guelph’s Veterinary College, following which she hopes to practice as a large animal veterinarian. In addition to receiving the Grant’s Transport award for top marks in math, she also received awards for highest standing in biology and business studies, along with the Governor General’s Academic medal for the outstanding academic achievement in grades 11 and 12.

The Grant’s Transport Math Scholarship is awarded annually and is funded by a contribution endowed by Grant’s Transport and administered by the OTA Education Foundation, Inc. For more information on the Foundation and its unique scholarship opportunities, go to: link removed.


OTA Education Foundation designated Official Charity for David Virgoe Memorial Golf Tournament (2012-08-13)

The OTA Education Foundation has again been selected to be the designated charity for proceeds from the 6th annual David Virgoe Memorial Golf Tournament & Silent Auction. The golf tournament serves as a tribute to the late David Virgoe, a truck driver who lost his life after taking evasive action to avoid oncoming traffic caused by street racers on Highway 400 in June, 2007...

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This is the fourth year that the Foundation has been selected by the tournament organizers to receive the proceeds. “On behalf of the Foundation’s directors, I would like to extend our thanks to Mrs. Virgoe for selecting the Foundation as this annual event’s beneficiary”, says Scott Smith, chairman of the OTA Education Foundation. “We are honoured to be part of this tribute to David Virgoe. Several Ontario university and college students with links to Ontario’s trucking industry will benefit from the generosity of those who participate in this event”.

Proceeds from the tournament and silent auction will be used to fund OTA Education Foundation scholarships for students of parents who work in Ontario’s trucking industry. The 6thAnnual David Virgoe Memorial Golf Tournament and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday September 15that the Harbour view Golf & Country Club in Gilford, Ontario.


Trailcon Leasing Scholarship Awarded to Dedicated Student (2012-06-12)

The 2012 Trailcon Leasing Trailer Service Technician Scholarship was awarded to Johnathan Schuster of Angus, Ontario last week at the Trades and Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony hosted by Conestoga College in Waterloo...

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Johnathan is a student enrolled in Conestoga College’s Motive Power Fundamentals program who excelled in the Truck Trailer Service component of the program.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Trailcon to be able to provide some financial assistance to a dedicated student who may elect to work in the trucking industry”, says Al Boughton, president of Trailcon Leasing Inc. in Mississauga.

“Through this award, we hope to encourage more young people to pursue the trailer service trade, which is a segment of our industry that is looking for qualified workers”. 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 endowed fund sponsored by Trailcon Leasing and is administered by the OTA Education Foundation, Inc.


Top Achievers awarded Glasvan Great Dane Scholarships (2012-06-12)

The top two academic achievers in the truck-trailer service unit of Conestoga College’s Motive Power Fundamentals program were awarded with Glasvan Great Dane Truck Trailer Service Technician scholarships last week. As the top practical student, Chris Hutchinson was awarded with a scholarship, as was Travis Charters who was recognized as the Most Improved Student. The scholarships were presented at the Trades and Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony hosted by Conestoga College in Waterloo...

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“Once again, we are thrilled to see our scholarships awarded to such deserving and dedicated students”, says George Cobham, chairman and CEO of Glasvan Great Dane Sales Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario. “We see this as a great opportunity to assist Ontario students with the cost of education, and hope that they will turn to the trucking industry when they start to look for jobs”. The winners of the Glasvan Great Dane scholarships are selected by Conestoga College using academic performance as the primary criterion.

The Glasvan Great Dane Truck Trailer ServiceTechnician Scholarshipis funded by an endowed fund sponsored by Glasvan Great Dane Sales Inc., and is administered by the OTA Education Foundation.


Industry asked to help fund Scholarships for Children of Trucking Parents (2012-05-29)

The OTA Education Foundation is asking the trucking industry to help fund its 2012 scholarship program that aids students with ties to the trucking industry. The Foundation is targeting a $50,000 donation goal to assist students starting university or college in September with tuition and other academic fees...

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Foundation chairman Scott Smith is feeling optimistic about the trucking industry’s increased awareness about the Foundation and its unique, industry focused scholarship program. “I’m pleased that the industry has started to recognize the benefits that the Foundation offers to trucking industry workers”, said Smith, who is also president of J. D. Smith and Sons. “We have certainly seen an uptake in the number of companies that sponsor scholarship applications”. During the three years ending in 2009, on average only 19 companies sponsored scholarship applications each year. By comparison, the following two years saw an average of nearly 40 sponsoring companies.

In 2011, the Foundation handed out nearly $52,000 in the form of 38 scholarships to Ontario university and college students. Donations are used to fund scholarships offered exclusively to children of parents who work in the Ontario trucking industry. Once again, this year donors will receive a Scholarship Promotion Kit to assist them in promoting the Foundation’s scholarship opportunities to their employees. Donors will also receive a charitable tax receipt from the Foundation, which is a registered charity.

Foundation says “Thanks” to 2012 Contributors todate

The OTA Education Foundations extends its appreciation to the following donors of the 2012 campaign:

  • F­1 Freight Systems Inc.
  • Empire Transportation Ltd.
  • Miller Mobile Offices
  • Wilson Logistics Inc.
  • Airtime Express
  • Harland Veinotte Ltd.
  • Drumbo Transport Limited
  • Bridgeland Terminals Limited
  • Newcom Business Media
  • Paxton Transport Ltd.
  • J & R Hall Transport Inc.
  • K.I.D. Trailer & Equipment
  • Kriska Transportation
  • Wills Transfer Limited
  • Tibbs Transport Inc.
  • NAL Insurance Inc.
  • Bunnell Hitchon Insurance Brokers Inc.

OTA Scholarship Recognizes Professionalism of Ontario Truck Drivers (2012-04-25)

The OTA Education Foundation is inviting qualified individuals to apply for a scholarship sponsored by the Ontario Trucking Association, which will aid one university student who is the son or daughter of a professional truck driver. The scholarship recognizes the hard work and dedication of commercial truck drivers who safely share the road with the general motoring public every day, and who keep Ontario’s economy moving. One scholarship of $1,600 is available annually for an applicant who meets the scholarship criteria, and who submits a completed application and supporting documents by July 15th...

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“OTA is pleased to partner with the Education Foundation to offer this scholarship each year” says OTA president David Bradley. “The role that truck drivers play in the efficient movement of goods is an important one. Recognizing the work that they do by offering one scholarship each year to the son or daughter of a truck driver is a way for us to show our appreciation”.

To be considered for a scholarship, students must be 25 years of age or under as of January 1, 2012, enrolled in a recognized Ontario university on a full-time basis, and the child of a commercial driver (employed or owner-operator) who has been driving professionally for minimum of five years. Applicants will also have to describe why they think their parents are outstanding professional drivers. Complete details are provided in the application located at www.ontruck.org/educationfoundation.

The OTA Professional Driver Memorial Scholarship was announced in 2007 following the tragic death of Ontario truck driver David Virgoe. The scholarship is funded by an endowed fund established by the Ontario Trucking Association and is administered by the OTA Education Foundation. Ontario carriers are urged to share this unique scholarship opportunity with their drivers.


Scholarship Application Forms Available for 2012/2013 School Year (2012-04-20)

New for this year: The Bud Barr Scholarship

Scholarship applications are now available from the OTA Education Foundation for Ontario post-secondary students. Students can apply for university or college scholarships in the amount of $1,500 and $1,000 respectively to help them fund their tuition and other academic fees. In addition, students entering their first year of post-secondary studies directly from high school are eligible to apply for the J.O. Goodman Award or the C. V. Hoar Award, or the recently announced Bud Barr Award...

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In order to be eligible for the scholarships, students must provide proof of acceptance into a recognized full-time program at an approved university or college, be 25 years of age or under as of January 1, 2012, and be sponsored by an Ontario trucking company 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.

While the same application form can be used to apply for the J.O. Goodman, C.V. Hoar, and Bud Barr awards, there are some additional requirements. Applicants for these achievement awards 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 OTA Education Foundation college and university scholarships as well as the J.O. Goodman, C.V. Hoar and Bud Barr awards are funded through donations that are received primarily from trucking and trucking related companies, for which tax receipts are issued. The number of scholarships disbursed each year is dependent on the amount received in donations for that year. The OTA Education Foundation provided nearly $52,000 in assistance to post-secondary students for the 2011/2012 academic year.

The Student Scholarship Application Package for the2012/2013 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, and C.V. Hoar awards.