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APTF Establishes McCall Scholarship

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors has announced the establishment of the Valarie J. McCall Scholarship in honor of the 2015-2016 APTA chair. The scholarship was unanimously approved by the APTF Board of Directors March 13 at its meeting during the APTA Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

As a result, the Valarie J. McCall Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2016 to a deserving applicant who is pursuing studies in urban transportation planning or public administration with a focus on transportation.

“APTF is honored to create this named scholarship for Valarie McCall,” said APTF Chair Jennifer Mitchell, director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.  “As chair of the APTA Board of Directors she has focused on building collaboration in the public transit industry, and she has long been a leader within the city of Cleveland. This APTF scholarship will recognize her contributions to APTA and to the entire transit industry for years to come.”

This scholarship fund was created after a successful event held in McCall’s honor at the 2015 APTA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, sponsored by HNTB, HDR, the Solis Group, Legacy Resource Group and Olivier Incorporated.

This event raised more than $43,000, which included $10,000 contributed by APTA’s Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG). An additional $16,000 was raised during the Annual Meeting, for a total of $59,000, which exceeded APTF’s minimum threshold of $50,000 to establish a scholarship endowment. At the Legislative Conference on March 13, some key fund raisers presented APTF with a commemorative check. (An additional $1,000 was applied to the scholarship fund after the check was created.)

This scholarship was made possible by 105 individual contributors, including APTA’s business members, and the dedicated efforts of the individuals who organized and sponsored the Annual Meeting event.

The APTF Board of Directors thanked McCall, who served two two-year terms as a member of the APTF board, for her support of the foundation and her commitment to the future leaders of the public transportation industry. 

The mission of APTF is to retain and increase the number of individuals choosing a career in public transportation by providing scholarships and engagement opportunities to deserving students and transit professionals.

Since its founding in 1988, APTF has awarded more than 250 scholarships totaling more than $800,000. The cumulative impact of nurturing a new generation of public transit professionals has been immeasurable. In 2015, 32 deserving recipients were awarded $110,000 in scholarships—the highest single-year amount in APTF history.

For details about APTF scholarships and other programs, click here.​

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Donors and APTA leaders gathered during the Legislative Conference to celebrate the creation of the Valarie J. McCall Scholarship. They include, first row, from left, Terry Solis, the Solis Group; APTF Chair Jennifer Mitchell; APTA Chair McCall; and Huelon Harrison, Legacy Resource Group. Second row, from left, Hugh Mose, Hugh A. Mose consulting; BMBG Chair Patrick Scully; APTA President & CEO Michael Melaniphy; APTF Secretary-Treasurer Kim Green; and Raquel Olivier, Olivier Incorporated.






Now Accepting 2016 Scholarship Applications

For 2016, the APTF will award a minimum of eighteen (18) new scholarships of at least $2,500 each for the following academic school year (fall semester) to individuals in public transportation industry-related fields of study. ​Please see the Scholarship Program Guidelines​ page to apply.

Honoring Cal Marsella

Clarence “Cal” W. Marsella, a longtime friend of the American Public Transportation Association, will be remembered by the industry as a tireless transit advocate. Please see our Memorial Giving​ page to learn how you can make a donation in Cal Marsella's name.  


APTF 2015 - Year in Review

The year 2015 was a particularly good one for the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF). 

The foundation awarded the highest single-year amount in its history, $110,000, to 32 deserving scholars, allowing them the opportunity to advance their careers in public transit. With the 2015 Scholarships, the foundation has now awarded more than 250 scholarships since it was founded in 1988, for a combined total of more than $800,000 invested in qualified young leaders. The cumulative impact of nurturing a new generation of transit professionals has been immeasurable.

APTF also established two new named scholarships this year, one to honor longtime APTA staffer Fran Hooper and the other to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Scholarship, funded at $58,000 and $112,000 respectively. Preparations have been made for the inaugural Bombardier Transportation Scholarship, which will be awarded in 2016.

The foundation conducted several successful funding activities in 2015. An event in honor of new APTA Chair Valarie J. McCall, held at the APTA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, brought in more than $33,000. The annual Golf Tournament, also in San Francisco, raised another $14,000 for the foundation. The 2015 Holiday Drive raised $3,500.

 
APTF 2016 - What's Next

APTF made great strides in 2015. With your help, we will make 2016 even more successful. 

To develop the transit workforce of the future, we need to do the following:

  • Expand our outreach and engage our past scholars to ensure potential scholarship recipients are aware of the program; 
  • Grow our asset base so we can grant more scholarships and make larger awards; and 
  • Increase our visibility in the industry so there is a greater understanding of our mission.
Please consider making a contribution to the foundation so that we can continue to fulfill our mission of increasing and retaining the number of individuals choosing the transit field as a career by providing scholarships and engagement opportunities to deserving students and transit professionals – our future leaders. ​ 

  

Please donate to the American Public Transportation Foundation today!

 

Our Mission: 'To increase and retain the number of individuals choosing the transit field as a career by providing scholarships and engagement opportunities to deserving students and transit professionals - our future leaders.'​ 


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