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APTF Fundraising Reception at the APTA Annual Meeting

Please join the APTF Board of Directors, 2016  APTF Scholarship Recipients and friends of the foundation at a fundraising reception on Monday, September 12 from 8:00 to 11:00 at the Conga Room at LA Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd). 

We hope that you will join us for an evening of music and fun to celebrate the 2016 Scholars and the APTF.  Also remember to bring a gift for the foundation (all donations will directly benefit the APTF). If you would like to donate before the event, please visit our Donate Now page. 

We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles!

Help Scholars go BACK TO SCHOOL

back to school_Page_1.jpgIt’s Back to School time and with that comes a focus on students, at all levels, and their advancement.

The greatest issue facing the public transportation industry is workforce development; leaders are retiring or otherwise leaving the industry faster than qualified replacements can be recruited and trained.

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) is working to address this problem by providing financial assistance to students who are pursing education in a transit-related area of study or are already employed in the industry and seeking to advance. 

In 2016 the APTF awarded $130,000 in scholarships to 27 scholars and professionals working in public transportation. The APTF would not be able to support the next generation of transit leaders without the generous support of corporate sponsors and individual donors.

The goal of the BACK TO SCHOOL Annual Giving Campaign is to raise $50,000, which will allow the Foundation’s Board of Directors to increase both the size and number of scholarships that we are able to award over the coming year.

To donate, please click on the campaign flyer or visit the Donate Now link.​

APTF Annual Golf Tournament

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) will host its annual Golf Fundraiser at the DeBell Golf Club in Burbank, California on Saturday, September 10, 2016. DeBell Golf Club boasts a spectacular William F. Bell design, is a Par 71 course, and is​ a PGA recognized facility. Enjoy the secluded atmosphere, the San Fernando Valley vistas, and the unique layout of each hole. This event will feature team challenges, competitive activities, and a closing awards presentation. All APTA members are encouraged to participate.

      Saturday, September 10, 2016
 Starting Time: 
      7:00 a.m.​ Shotgun
      DeBell Golf Club 
      1500 East Walnut Avenue               
      Burbank, California 91501
 Additional Information:
  • REGISTATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO Friday, September 2, 2016!
  • Prizes for the top 5 teams
  • Individual player donation is $250
  • Foursome donation is $900
  • Sponsorship Opportunities are Available
  • Headline event sponsor: $10,000
    • Includes ​​two foursomes and names used for all promotional activities, including banners and placards.                                    
For more information please visit the Golf Tournament Page

James Cowen Memorial Scholarship 
James “Jim” Cowen loved APTA and contributed to Association and the public transportation industry throughout his notable transit career. Jim is a member of the APTA Hall of Fame, former APTA Chair, and served as General Manager/CEO of Tri-Met in Portland and The Bus in Honolulu.

Shortly after his death in 2005, Reba Malone, who was Chair of APTA when the APTF was formed in 1988, created The James Cowen Scholarship Fund in an attempt to raise $50,000 for a permanently endowed named scholarship. Since then many have contributed to the Fund in an effort to reach the required $50,000 to fully endow the James Cowen Scholarship Fund. After more than ten years we are only half way to our goal with $25,000 contributed. To become a permanent named scholarship, the James Cowan Scholarship Fund must be fully funded by the end of 2016. Mr. Rick Simonetta of the Burns Engineering, Inc., and 25-year member of the APTF Board, has taken on the challenge to lead the effort to achieve full funding in 2016. As noted by Mr. Simonetta “[Jim] was an inspiration and a visionary at a time when our industry was positioned to make great strides across many fronts. Much was accomplished under his leadership.” ​

Please see our Memorial Giving​ page to learn how you can make a donation in Jim Cowen's name.  
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.'​ 

American Public Transportation Foundation
1300 I Street NW
Suite 1200 East
Washington, DC 20005


Phone: 202.496.4803