Exceptional Students Recognized with OTA Ed Foundation Scholarships


Recipients of OTA Education Foundation scholarships have been awarded to five high-achieving students for the 2015 academic year.

The recipients are exceptional first-year post-secondary students who are the children of parents who work in the Ontario trucking industry.

“These students exhibit an impressive balance between academic abilities, service to community and strong personal values, and are extremely deserving of this additional recognition,” says Foundation chair Scott Smith.

The 2015 award recipients are as follows:

The JO Goodman Scholarship was awarded to students Juliane Clemente of Scarborough and Abhishek Paul of Mississauga. Juliane’s application was sponsored by Kriska Holdings where her father is employed as a truck driver. Juliane is studying Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto.  Abhiskek’s application was sponsored by Highland Transport, where his father has worked as an owner-operator for 5 years. Also a student at UofT Abhishek is studying Computer Engineering.

The Bud Barr Scholarship was awarded to Jack Mills of Ancaster and Tressa Oke of Courtland. Jack’s application was sponsored by Challenger Motor Freight where his father is a long-haul driver. He is studying commerce at Queen’s University. Similarly, Tressa’s father is a driver at Kriska, which sponsored her application. She studying Biological Science at the University of Guelph.

The CV Hoar Scholarship was awarded to fashion management student, Joanne Gonsalves, of Brampton. Her application was sponsored by TST Overland Express where her mother works as a PAPS agent.

In addition to the Goodman, Barr, and Hoar scholarships, 28 general university and college scholarships were awarded to students who submitted applications sponsored by Ontario-based trucking companies.

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