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APTF to Present 27 Scholarships at Annual Meeting; First Valarie J. McCall, Bombardier Scholarships; Special Marsella Scholarship

The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) will present a record-breaking $125,000 in scholarships to 27 recipients at ceremonies Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, during the Annual Meeting.

APTF will award two new named scholarships for the first time: the ­Valarie J. McCall Scholarship, in honor of the 2015-2016 APTA chair, and the Bombardier Transportation Scholarship.

The Valarie J. McCall Scholarship will be awarded to an applicant pursuing studies in urban transportation planning or public administration with a focus on transportation. APTF created the scholarship following a successful event held in McCall’s honor at the 2015 Annual Meeting, which was sponsored by HNTB, HDR, the Solis Group, Legacy Resource Group and Olivier Incorporated. The Business Member Activity Fund has also supported the scholarship.

The recipient of the Bombardier Scholarship will be a rail engineering student who intends to pursue a career in rail manufacturing or public transportation.

Also, this year APTF will award a one-time scholarship in memory of Clarence (Cal) Marsella, former general manager of Denver’s Regional Transportation District and a longtime supporter of APTF. This scholarship was made possible through the generous support of the Marsella family and contributions made by colleagues and friends to commemorate Marsella’s career and service on behalf of the industry.

Last year the foundation awarded more than $110,000 to 32 students—at the time, the largest amount in its history. Since its founding in 1988, APTF has awarded more than $850,000 to more than 250 recipients.

APTF’s mission is “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.”

Passenger Transport will announce the 2016 winners in the Sept. 12 issue.

Tee Time for Scholars
Show your support for the next generation of public transportation’s best and brightest by playing in the APTF Golf Tournament at the scenic DeBell Golf Course in Burbank, CA, Sept. 10, the Saturday before the Annual Meeting officially opens.

All proceeds will benefit the APTF scholarship program.

Golfers will play on the PGA-recognized, par 71 course, which offers 5,633 yards of golf from the longest tee. The public course, designed by William F. Bell, features views of the beautiful San Fernando Valley and is about a 30-minute drive from downtown LA.

The tournament, open to all APTA members, begins with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. and will feature team challenges, competitive activities and a closing awards presentation. Donation levels are $250 for individual players or $900 for foursomes.

For more information, click here.

Members of the APTF Board of Directors met recently at APTA offices to discuss and select this year’s scholarship winners. They included, back row, from left, Hugh Mose, Jeff Wharton and Michael Scanlon; and front row, from left, Bonnie Shepherd, Jill Stober and Jennifer Mitchell, APTF chair.

Photo by Mitchell Wood

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