London, Ontario -- April 6, 2016 -- The Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) is inviting applications for its 2016 OARA Employee Scholarship Program. This year, the organization has has generated over $22,700 to help fund scholarships.
The Scholarship Program generates funds from a number of sources, all culminating at the OARA Conference (for more on this, please see "OARA Conference highlights role of auto recycling in a sustainable economy"). The annual "cat drive," where member recyclers are encouraged to donate catalytic converters, raised $4,673.87. The casino night and silent auctions at the OARA Conference raised $11,901.08. Two other major funding sources were the Veolia used oil rebate, which netted $7,894.09 in donations, and draws at major automotive auction houses raised a further $2,670.
The OARA Employee Scholarship Program started in 2010. Since that time, OARA has provided scholarships to 191 recipients for a total of $190,500.
Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2016 to be eligible for this year's scholarship. of the application year. Applicants must plan to pursue a full-time post-secondary education program in an accredited college, university or school providing trade, business or technical programs, or enroll in a recognized apprentice program with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Applicants must also have achieved at least a 65 percent grade point average, or equivalent, in their previous educational program.
In addition, a parent or guardian of the applicant must be a current employee of a Direct Member of the Ontario Automotive Recyclers Association (OARA) with a hire date at least one year prior to April 30 of the application year. Children of owners or those owning stock in the business are not eligible.
For more information or to download an application form, please visit oara.com/about-oara/scholarship-program.