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38 Students Receive Scholarships from the TAC Foundation

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Thirty-eight university and college students in transportation-related disciplines will receive scholarships from the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Foundation.

The scholarships, valued at $165,500, are being awarded through the Foundation's internally-administered program. Another five were awarded through the partnership with the Norman Esch Foundation to students at the University of Windsor. All 38 recipients, plus a number of other high-ranking applicants, will benefit from the Employment Connections component of the program. Information about their future employment interests and career ambitions will be shared with the TAC Foundation’s major donors this fall.

The Foundation would like to extend a special thank you to Xiomara Sanchez, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and D.C. Campbell Chair in Highway Construction and Pavement Research at the University of New Brunswick, who coordinated the review and scoring of the applications.

Since 2005, the Foundation’s scholarship program has awarded 494 scholarships valued at $2,002,000. 

National Student Steel Bridge Competition, provided by ETS

Congratulations to this year’s recipients and the TAC Foundation’s committed donors for their tremendous support of the Foundation’s vision of Supporting the Education and Development of Tomorrow’s Transportation Professionals

Information on the 2017 Scholarship Program will be posted by the end of November 2017.

Internships

The Foundation expanded its programs this year to include a pilot program for students to apply for paid internships that offered work experience in a transportation-related company. The Foundation promoted the internships and collected applications from eligible students, which were then passed along to the participating companies: SNC-Lavalin, EllisDon Corporation and MORR Transportation Consulting. These companies managed the selection and hiring process independent of the Foundation.

Through this pilot program, five interns were hired to work at the three participating companies this summer. The Foundation is excited to debrief with them to learn areas that were successful as well as those that could be improved, with the goal to promote more internship opportunities providing exposure to a career in transportation in 2018. 

Student Activities Fund

2017 was also the first time that the Foundation provided grants to individuals or groups through its Student Activities Fund. In April, the first two grants of $3,000 each were provided to two student groups: le Club scientifique Pont d’acier Hercule de l’École de technologie supérieure (ETS), and the Institute of Transportation Engineers University of Alberta (ITEUA) Student Chapter. To learn more about these inaugural grants, read the article published in TAC News in April.  

This small fund (currently $10,000 annually) supports those participating in extracurricular activities like field trips, educational experiences and infrastructure or equipment that relate to their studies in transportation-related disciplines, and provide exposure to transportation as a career choice. 

If your organization would like to work with the TAC Foundation to support a scholarship, internship or the Student Activities Fund, email foundation@tac-atc.ca or call Executive Director, Brian Henderson, at 416-225-6744.