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The Mission of the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) is to increase and retain the number of young professionals entering the public transportation field as a career in order to sustain growth and improvement throughout the industry. The following APTF Scholarship Awards Renewal Program provides scholarships to deserving students – the future leaders of the public transportation industry.

Note: The application deadline is May 31, 2013

Scholarship Renewal Program

Now is the time for you to reapply for continued funding of your scholarship from the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF). Based on the availability of funds, the APTF board of directors will be considering requests for continued scholarship funding for qualified students for the 2013-2014 school year (beginning September 2013). You must have: (1) maintained good standing in the same field of study (same program) you received your first award, (2) be sponsored by an APTA member organization or APTA member assignee, and (3) provide a written coordinator/mentor review from the sponsoring or assigned APTA member organization. Your request must be received by the foundation, care of the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) by May 31, 2013. Please submit all documents electronically. Students requesting continued funding must provide the following documentation to be eligible for consideration:


All former American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship (APTF) recipients may reapply for an APTF Scholarship as long as that recipient is still working towards the same degree program as they were when he/she received the last scholarship award. If you have received an APTF scholarship in an undergraduate program, graduated and are now working on a Master degree or if you received a scholarship while you were working on a Masters program and are now working on your PhD, you must apply as a new applicant. Applicants must be enrolled in a fully accredited institution and have and maintain at least a 3.0(B) in course work that is relevant to the industry or required of a degree program.


Students requesting continued funding must provide the following documentation to be eligible for consideration:

  1. Documentation from your school verifying that you are in good academic standing and that you are maintaining one of the following class loads:
    1. Undergraduate: minimum 12 hours per semester; or minimum 13.5 hours per quarter.
    2. Graduate: minimum 8 hours per semester.
  2. Verification from your college/university of enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year;
  3. A current transcript noting the courses taken and grades received. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required for continued funding;
  4. A letter from a sponsoring CEO/GM/President of an APTA member organization confirming their support;
  5. Essay on β€œIn what segment of the public transportation industry will you make a career and why?” (1,000 words minimum);
  6. Copy of the fee schedule from the college/university for the academic year;
  7. A copy of completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


The APTF Board of Directors will select renewal applications. The selection criteria include a continued demonstrated interest in the public transportation industry as a career, academic achievement, and need for financial assistance. Selection will be made without regard to disability, race, color, religion, sex or ethnic origin. It is the intent of this program to provide equal opportunity and consideration to all qualified individuals.


Renewals are for the academic year beginning in the fall of 2013. All applications must be sent electronically to the APTF by May 31, 2013. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered by the APTF Board of Directors. The APTF Board of Directors will select the recipients in August, and nominees will be appropriately notified of awards. Scholarship award winners will be presented at the 2013 APTA Annual Meeting, September 29 through October 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

The APTF board of directors will meet in July and notification of scholarship renewals will occur shortly after. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact Pam Boswell, Director of the American Public Transportation Foundation at (202) 496-4803 or by email,


Please provide a brief statement of how the APTF Scholarship has been of benefit to you. This statement may be used on future APTF promotional materials.

Application Form

Contact Information

Pam Boswell, Vice President-Workforce Development & Educational Services
American Public Transportation Foundation
1666 K Street, NW, Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20006
Tel: (202) 496-4803

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


Phone: 202.496.4818