The Omnitracs Mike Ham Memorial Scholarship
Omnitracs is pleased to sponsor an annual scholarship to honour the life and legacy of Mike Ham, who passed away in 2020. Mike played a significant role in the progress of the Canadian trucking industry for nearly 30 years. As a testament to the respect that Mike earned from customers and colleagues alike, several close industry friends have also contributed to the Omnitracs scholarship endowment as a way of honouring Mike’s memory.
Colleagues describe Mike as having been a leader, mentor and trusted advisor, as well as a caring and compassionate friend. He is also remembered as believing in doing the “right thing” and constantly reminding those around him to “take the high road”. Mike also placed a great deal of importance on education at every level, but had a particular appreciation for education that continued after secondary school through college and university. After high school, Mike chose to delay starting university to work full time. His success early in his career made the decision to go to university more difficult. His compromise was to work full time to advance his career while earning his degree at night. While not an easy path, it was one that he often said provided him with the opportunity to pursue his interest in business while developing communication, problem-solving and time-management skills. An advocate of lifelong learning, he later returned to university to earn two graduate certificates in business.
Mike always enjoyed working with and mentoring young people. He was inspired by their confidence, enthusiasm, and insights, all of which he felt were fostered throughout their post-secondary experiences. He also believed that a post-secondary education helps to prepare young people for future contributions to the communities in which they live and work. He also believed that a well-rounded education included having a passion for an activity or hobby outside of the classroom. Benefits of extra-curricular involvement include appreciation for teamwork, enhanced communication skills, and using passion to fuel drive, all of which Mike believed are transferable to the workplace. Mike also had an appreciation for the cost of post-secondary education. His family and friends believe that he would be pleased that this scholarship was established to assist young people with their college and university expenses.
The scholarship recipients will be selected by the OTA Education Foundation Selection Committee. The maximum scholarship amount is $1,250.
Note: Only scholarship winners will be notified. Scholarship funds will be advanced to the recipient’s post-secondary institution and will be credited to the account identified by the student number provided in the online application.
- A resident of Canada.
- 20 years of age or younger as of January 1 of the academic year for which the scholarship applies.
- Be enrolled in the first year of studies in a public Canadian college or university program that will lead to a diploma or a degree, to which the student is entering directly from secondary school.
- Enrolled on a full-time basis in a Transportation, Logistics, Business, Technology, Human Resources, or Communications Program.
- The son or daughter of a parent who works (employed or full-time contract) in the Canadian trucking industry.
- Submit your online application by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. Make sure that you review and understand all of the application requirements that are specified below and in the Overview page of the application before starting.
- You will have to upload an essay (in .pdf format) that explains your motivation for embarking on studies in your chosen field, as well as your personal and academic goals, career aspirations, community involvement, general interests and extra-curricular activities.
- You will have to download an Applicant Affiliation with Trucking Industry form, complete it (fillable .pdf), and send it to the company for which one of your parents works for verification and signature.
- Arrange to have an official transcript for your most recent academic year with final (not mid-term) marks, sent (either by mail or email) directly from the issuing high school to the OTA Education Foundation.
OTA Education Foundation
555 Dixon Road
By Email: Email address must contain the URL of the issuing school or school board. Transcripts can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students who are applying for multiple OTA Education Foundation scholarships are permitted to arrange for only one official transcript to be sent to the Foundation. Applicants are asked to indicate that they are applying for other Foundation scholarships in the “Transcript” section of the online application form.
- Save your essay (see above for description) in .pdf format using the following naming protocol <<LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_OmnitracsESSAY>>. You will have to upload your essay as part of your online application process.
- Download an Applicant Affiliation with Trucking Industry form, complete it (fillable .pdf), and send it to the trucking-related company where one of your parents works. Save the form in .pdf format using the following naming protocol <<LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_EndowedSponsorForm>>. The form must be signed by an authorized representative of the company for which a parent of the applicant works, after which it must be sent by email to the OTA Education Foundation. Complete instructions are included in the form.