Back to school time is quickly approaching and last week a local trucking company handed out four cheques that will help make heading back a little easier for four area post-secondary students.
Pam and Bruce Mullin of KBD Transportation in Iroquois awarded the KBD Education Bursary of $2,000 each to Justin Duval, Kendra Ward, Megan Van Allen and Megan Gunter, at their company headquarters, July 31.
“The KBD Transportation Education Bursary is awarded every year and provides grants of up to $2,000 to employees and children of employees who are enrolled in, or have received acceptance to full-time post-secondary studies,” says Cindy Ault of KBD, who administers the program. “The employee must have been an active employee of KBD for a minimum of one year to qualify,” she adds.
The 2013 recipients are all getting ready to head back to school and appreciate the help this bursary provides.
Justin Duval is the son of KBD driver David Duval. He is working towards his Bachelor’s in Engineering. He is in his second year of a four year program at University of Guelph.
Kendra Ward has been a summer student at KBD for four years. She is in her second year of a three year program in Dental Hygiene. She is studying at Algonquin College.
Megan Van Allen is the daughter of KBD driver Mike Van Allen. She is in her first year of a three year program in Community Services – Behavioural Science. She will attend St. Lawrence College in Kingston.
Megan Gunter is the daughter of KBD driver Rodney Gunter. Megan is in her first year of a two year program at St. Lawrence College in Kingston where she is studying Early Childhood Education.
KBD started this bursary program in 2006, and since then they have awarded $26,000.
“Before that, we had been giving to an education bursary with the Ontario Trucking Association,” said Pam Mullin. “But, that could go to anyone across the province, so instead we decided that if we were going to support an education program, we would like to give the money to people that matter to us here at KBD.”
With that shift, they started a program in house and award funds annually.