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Please check back in March 2018 for information on how to apply.


In furthering our mission of increasing and retaining the number of individuals choosing the transit field as a career, the APTF will award a minimum of twenty scholarships, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each, to college students or transit professionals who are interested in pursuing or advancing in a career in the public transportation industry.

Awards cover the academic year, beginning in the fall 2017 semester, and assist with tuition costs or other educational expenses. 

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Eligibility:

Our scholarships are for those who meet the following criteria:
  • College sophomores (30 hours or more satisfactorily completed), juniors, seniors, or those seeking advanced degrees may apply for scholarships.
  • Enrolled in a fully accredited institution, have and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in course work that is relevant to the industry or required of a degree program, and demonstrate a strong interest in entering the public transportation industry.
  • All applicants must be sponsored by a member organization of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Any member may serve as a sponsor.

Electronic Submission:

If you are not currently an APTA member you will need to complete a New Visitor Registration and create a profile.
Incomplete applications may be saved and completed later. However, applications must be fully complete and submitted to be considered.

New Scholar Application:

Only completed applications will be accepted. Prior to beginning your online application, please compile the following items (each item must be saved in PDF format and will be uploaded individually):

  • Essay: “What segment of the public transportation industry interests you, and why?” (1,000 words maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendation: Provide letters of recommendation that describe why the individuals think you are qualified for this scholarship. Letters should address your commitment, demonstrated interest, and career goals in public transportation. Be sure they include their name, address, and telephone number. Recommendations must not be solicited from relatives. 
  • Statement of Financial Need (500-word maximum): explain your financial need, including any deficits in a financial aid package, family income and personal need (personal need may also include special circumstances, such as personal hardship or financial difficulty that contributes to the applicant's financial need). 
  • School Transcripts documenting good academic standing: May use unofficial transcripts, however, document must show applicant name, number of credits, grades and courses completed.
  • Verification of enrollment for the 2017 fall semester: letter from school; course schedule can also serve as proof of enrollment)
  • Fee Schedule: from your college/university for the academic year
  • APTA Sponsorship Form: completed with sponsor signature

 

Scholarship Renewal:

Based on availability of funds, the awards may be renewable for each year of the academic program, provided the recipients continue to maintain good standing in their approved fields of study. If, for any reason, a student fails to maintain good academic standing and the course of study is interrupted, the renewable award will be terminated. (A renewal application MUST be submitted.)


Scholarship Renewal Applications:

Only completed applications will be accepted. Complete applications are required to include the following:

  • Essay: “How has receiving an APTF Scholarship impacted you, personally and/or professionally?” (1,000 words maximum)
  • Statement of Financial Need (500-word maximum): explain your financial need, including any deficits in a financial aid package, family income and personal need (personal need may also include special circumstances, such as personal hardship or financial difficulty that contributes to the applicant's financial need). 
  • School Transcripts documenting good academic standing: May use unofficial transcripts, however, document must show applicant name, number of credits, grades and courses completed.
  • Verification of enrollment for the 2017 fall semester: letter from school; course schedule can also serve as proof of enrollment)
  • Fee Schedule: from your college/university for the academic year
  • APTA Sponsorship Form: completed with sponsor signature

Timetable:

Scholarships are for the academic year beginning in the fall and the 2018 process will follow the timeline below:

  • March 18, 2018 - Call for Applications will be announced
  • June 2018 (Date TBD) – Application Deadline
  • July 2018 – APTF Board of Directors will select scholarship recipients
  • August 2018 – Applicants will be notified
  • September 23-26, 2018 – Scholarship recipients will be presented at the APTA Annual Meeting


Selection Process:

The APTF Board of Directors will select the 2018 scholarship recipients. The selection criteria includes demonstrated interest in the public transportation industry as a career, academic achievement, essay content and quality, need for financial assistance, and involvement in extracurricular citizenship and leadership activities. 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.


Awards:

The scholarships given each year are the APTF Named Scholarships listed below; any additional scholarships are general fund Board scholarships. Renewals of previous scholarships are also available; more information is detailed in sections below.

  • Jack R. Gilstrap Scholarship - awarded to the applicant receiving the highest overall score.
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff / Jim Lammie Scholarship - awarded to an applicant dedicated to a public transportation engineering career.
  • Louis T. Klauder Scholarship - awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in the rail transit industry as an electrical or mechanical engineer.
  • Dan M. Reichard, Jr. Scholarship - awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in the business administration/ management area of the transit industry.
  • Dr. George M. Smerk Scholarship – awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in public transit management.
  • Richard J. Bouchard - AECOM Scholarship – awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in public transportation planning and development.
  • Florida Public Transportation Association Scholarship (FPTA) – awarded to an applicant from the state of Florida, and sponsored by a Florida public transit system or the FPTA.
  • Reba Malone Scholarship - awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in transit or transportation marketing/ communications.
  • Raymond C. Miller Scholarship – awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in transit marketing.
  • Shirley DeLibero Scholarship – awarded to an African-American applicant dedicated to a career in public  transportation.
  • William Millar Scholarship – awarded to a young student committed to entering the public transit industry.
  • Jerome C. Premo Scholarship – awarded to a student entering their junior, senior or graduate level of a college/ university.
  • BMBG/Janie Wulkan Memorial Scholarship – awarded to a female applicant committed to a career in public transportation.
  • Fran Hooper Scholarship - awarded to an applicant studying rail engineering with the intent to pursue a career in public transportation, with preference given to a qualified woman applicant.    
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25th Anniversary Scholarship - awarded to a student in an undergraduate or graduate academic discipline who expresses an interest in working to enhance accessible public transportation. 
  • Bombardier Transportation Scholarship - awarded to an applicant studying rail engineering with the intent to pursue a career in the rail manufacturing industry or public transit.
  • Valarie J. McCall Scholarship – awarded to an applicant who is pursuing studies in urban transportation planning or public administration with a focus in transportation.
  • James “Jim” Cowen Scholarship – awarded to an applicant who is pursuing studies in transit planning or development
  • Nathaniel Ford Scholarship – awarded to a minority applicant pursuing studies in the fields of Mobility, Logistic Management, Innovation Management and/or Science Technology, with the intent to pursue a career in public transportation.


Additional Scholarships and Opportunities

A minimum of two (2) additional scholarships may be awarded to applicants planning a career in public transportation either with a transit agency or a transit business member organization. In addition, the foundation will award a minimum of $500 for the Donald C. Hyde Memorial Essay, which represents the best response to the required essay component of the program application.


 

Questions?

Lindsey Robertson, Senior Program Manager - Workforce Development 

(Tel) 202-496-4818

(Email) lrobertson@apta.com

  
 

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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