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Save the Date: Help Us Celebrate 30 Years!

Please join the American Public Transportation Foundation Board of Directors at a fundraising reception to celebrate the foundation's 30th year. All conference registrants are invited to join the 2018 APTF scholarship recipients, sponsors, and friends at an inspired event celebrating the future of transit. Help us celebrate 30 years and the ​more than one million dollars in scholarships awarded to over 300 scholars. The fundraising reception will be held on Sunday, September 23 from 8:00 to 11:00 pm ​at Acme Feed and Seed ​in conjunction with the APTA Annual Meeting​ in Nashville, TN.  
Please bring a gift for the foundation; all donations will directly support the APTF’s mission to provide scholarships and engagement opportunities to the future leaders of the transit industry. Additional details to follow, so make your travel plans to join us in Nashville and please check back for more information​.                                                                                                              (Click to view full image)             

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30 Years of Driving the Future Forward ​
This year, the Foundation will be celebrating 30 years of providing scholarships and supporting the future leaders of our industry. To celebrate this milestone, the APTF would like the opportunity to share the impact of the Foundation and the scholarship program with the transit industry. It is because of your continued support and generous contributions that we can award scholarships year after year!​ ​​​           



                                                                Message of Gratitude 
                                                A video message from a 2017 APTF Scholarship recipient​


Shalonda Rountree

Chatham Area Transit

"Winning this scholarship has motivated me to continue enhancing my leadership skills for future advancement to a senior leadership role within the transportation industry. It has also inspired me to become involved in introducing minority youth to the wide variety of careers opportunities available in transportation."
- Shalonda Rountree, Graduate Student, Armstrong State University

APTF Scholar Spotlight 

Since its inception in 1988 the American Public Transportation Foundation has awarded over $1,000,000 in scholarships in pursuit of the APTF's mission of increase and retain the number of individuals choosing the transit field as a career. This spotlight shines on the scholars and professionals who have received awards and shares how they have progressed in the industry. ​

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Marketing and Communications Strategist 
Foothill Transit Corporation 
2016 Scholarship Recipient


Describe your role and the work that you do.

I am a Marketing and Communications Strategist at Foothill Transit, a public transit agency that serves the Pomona and San Gabriel Valleys in Los Angeles. I work cross-functionally to develop marketing and communications strategies and lead marketing and communication plans that support Foothill Transit’s initiatives and goals.


Why public transportation?

I chose public transportation because of what we do. We help communities connect to the things that improve their life – for example: public transit helps people get to work, to a doctor’s appointment, to the market, and it helps to clear the air for future generations. I am proud to work in an industry that helps keep communities connected and is growing to provide options that are more sustainable and cleaner for our environment.


How did receiving an APTF Scholarship enhance or make a difference in your career? 

The APTF Scholarship helped unlock my potential. Not only did it provide financial assistance to pursue my MBA, but it also gave me the opportunity to connect with several transit leaders across the nation. The connections that I made were invaluable because they offered career advice, tremendous insight on the industry, and helped me develop marketing ideas and the techniques to execute them. 


What does the future of public transportation look like from your vantage point?

The future of public transit looks bright. We are seeing Americans across the nation that are voicing their support for public transportation in multiple ballot measures. These measures will provide funding for new transit connections and to help rebuild outdated infrastructure. These trends are leading the way for the industry to continue to grow by providing new and easier ways to get around and become innovative by identifying cleaner transportation options. 


How can the industry encourage more young professionals to seek careers in public transportation?

One of the things that can be done is to increase the interaction with students at schools across the nation. I think that partnerships with high schools and colleges (by participating in career fairs, work/study programs, offering internships, etc.) are important. These connections provide an avenue to engage students by giving them a behind the scenes look at what is required to run an efficient and effective system and can increase awareness of the career options in the industry. 

APTF Establishes Nathaniel Ford Scholarship

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Board of Directors has announced the establishment of the Nathaniel Ford Scholarship. The scholarship was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors on October 8, 2017 at its meeting held in conjunction with the APTA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Atlanta, GA. Photo Oct 08, 8 23 44 PM.jpg
This scholarship was funded by an enormously successful fundraising reception, held in honor of APTA’s 2017-2018 Chair, Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. During the reception Mr. Ford thanked those in attendance for their generosity and announced the creation of a scholarship to honor his father, Nathaniel Ford. He recognized his father as his most influential mentor and stated that “his guidance and support helped me as a leader at various agencies. It helped me recognize just how important our customers are. How critical public transit is to our nation’s communities. And how crucial it is to embrace change.” APTA Chair Ford’s father is a respected member of the transit community, serving  for over 40 years at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. 
(​APTA 2017-18 Chair Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Ford, 
and ​​Jannet Walker-Ford at the fundraising​ reception​)
The Nathaniel Ford Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2018 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. APTF Board Chair, Hugh Mose, recognized Nathaniel P. Ford Sr​, who has been a longtime supporter of the APTF, and said “the Foundation is grateful to him for championing the fundraiser and the APTF board looks forward to awarding the Nathaniel Ford Scholarship in 2018, the Foundation’s 30th year.”

The fundraising reception raised more than $120,000, which included $75,000 in corporate sponsorships. An additional $46,000 was raised through 160 individual contributions, made by those who attended the reception held on the evening of October 8 in Atlanta, GA. 

The APTF Board would like to thank the following organizations, who sponsored the fundraising reception: ​


APTF Awards Record Amount of Scholarship Funds​ 

​At a ceremony held on October 10 at the APTA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) awarded $149,000 in scholarship funds—a record amount of funds dispersed—to 29 students and public transit professionals.
Since the APTF was created in 1988, the foundation has awarded over $1,000,000 dollars in scholarships to more than 300 scholars pursuing careers in public transportation. This year the APTF board of directors also awarded six single-year scholarships, in addition to the named scholarships. Single-year scholarships are unique for the foundation because they are non-endowed, titled scholarships that are created and awarded in the same year. The six scholarships that were awarded this year were the Dora M. Boswell and John K. Reimer Scholarship, the Mineta Transportation Institute/American Public Transportation Foundation Joint Scholarship, three Leadership APTA Class of 2017 Scholarships and the Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. Scholarship. 

Please visit the Current Scholars page​ to see the 2017 APTF Scholarship Recipients


Help Scholars go BACK TO SCHOOL

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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 2017 the APTF awarded $149,000 in scholarships to 29 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 Offering Single-Year Scholarships


The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) is pleased to announce the creation of a Single-Year Scholarship program. These scholarships are unique for the foundation because they are non-endowed, titled scholarships that are created and awarded in the same year. This program was created for individuals and organizations who would like to create an APTF sponsorship but may not have the budget to meet the $50,000 commitment necessary for a permanent, named scholarship. 


Single-Year Scholarships start at $5,000 and the program offers some flexibility for the donor(s). Scholarships may be funded by a single organization or individual, or through multiple smaller contributions. Individual donors contributing less than the $5,000 minimum (but at least $2,000) may fund a jointly-named scholarship, i.e., the Smith-Jones Scholarship. Contributions in multiples of $5,000 may be used to fund additional scholarships in succeeding years or to fund multiple scholarships in one year. Donors will be recognized in APTF materials and announcements as well as at the APTF scholar ceremony at the APTA Annual meeting. Donors will also have the opportunity to suggest scholar selection criteria for their scholarship, i.e. area of study, geographical location, etc.


Single year scholarship recipients will be chosen along with the named scholarships at the APTF Board’s scholarship selection meeting in August.  The scholarships will be awarded during the following APTA Annual Meeting. Additional information may be found on the program flyer​. If are interested in sponsoring a Single-Year Scholarship, or if you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Robertson at 



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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