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APTF Scholarship Program

 

The 2016 Scholarship program application deadline has passed. Please check back in March of 2017 for program details. 

Eligibility:

Our scholarships are for college level students or transit professionals who are interested in pursuing or advancing in a career in the public transportation industry and who meet the following criteria: 

  • College sophomores (30 hours or more satisfactorily completed), juniors, seniors, or those seeking advanced degrees may apply for scholarships.
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  • 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.
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  • All applicants must be sponsored by a member organization of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Any member may serve as a sponsor.

New Scholar Application:
   

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


  • Essay on “What segment of the public transportation industry interests you, and why?” (1,000 words maximum)
  • Three letters of recommendation as described in the application form
    •  Letters of recommendation should address your commitment, demonstrated interest, and career goals in public transportation; Recommendations must not come from relatives.
  • A 500 word or 1 page Statement of Financial Need: explaining the financial need of the applicant, 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).
  • Official school transcripts
  • Verification of enrollment for the upcoming fall semester (letter from school; course schedule can also serve as proof of enrollment)
  • Copy of the fee schedule from the college/university for the academic year
  • Signature of your APTA sponsor
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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. (An APTF Renewal application form MUST be completed)

​Scholarship Renewal Applications 
Only completed applications will be accepted. Complete applications are required to include the following:


  • Essay on “How has receiving an APTF Scholarship impacted you, personally and/or professionally?” (1,000 words maximum
  • A 500 word or 1 page Statement of Financial Need: explaining the financial need of the applicant, 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).
  • Official school transcript, documenting good academic standing: Enclose documentation from your school verifying you are in good academic standing and that you are maintaining the proper class load.
  • Verification of enrollment for the upcoming fall semester (letter from school; course schedule can also serve as proof of enrollment)
  • Copy of the fee schedule from the college/university for the academic year.
  • Signature of your APTA sponsor
 

Selection Process:

 

The APTF Board of Directors will select the 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.
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  • Parsons Brinckerhoff – Jim Lammie Scholarship - awarded to an applicant dedicated to a public transportation engineering career.
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  • Louis T. Klauder Scholarship - awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in the rail transit industry as an electrical or mechanical engineer.
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  • Dan M. Reichard, Jr. Scholarship - awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in the business administration/ management area of the transit industry.
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  • Dr. George M. Smerk Scholarship – awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in public transit management.
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  • Richard J. Bouchard - AECOM Scholarship – awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in public transportation planning and development.
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  • 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.
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  • Raymond C. Miller Scholarship – awarded to an applicant dedicated to a career in transit marketing.
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  • Shirley DeLibero Scholarship – awarded to an African-American applicant dedicated to a career in public transportation.
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  • Frank Lichtanski Scholarship - awarded to an eligible candidate from small or medium-sized transit agencies each year to attend a session of the Eno Center for Transportation Leadership Transit Executive Seminar.
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  • William Millar Scholarship – awarded to a young student committed to entering the public transit industry.
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  • Jerome C. Premo Scholarship – awarded to a student entering their junior, senior or graduate level of a college/ university.
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  • BMBG/Janie Wulkan Memorial Scholarship – awarded to a female applicant committed to a career in public transportation.
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  • 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.    
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  • 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. 
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  • 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.
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  • Valarie JMcCall Scholarship – awarded to applicants who are pursuing studies in urban transportation planning or public administration with a focus in transportation.
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Additional Scholarships and Opportunities:

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.

 

Contact Information: 

Lindsey Robertson, Senior Program Manager - Workforce Development 

American Public Transportation Association

1300 I Street N.W., Suite 1200 East

Washington, DC 20005

(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.'

  

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

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Phone: 202.496.4803