NEPTA Scholarship Application

The NorthEast Passenger Transportation Association (NEPTA) Scholarship Award Program, originated in 1999, recognizes the importance of education and provides financial support to members and their dependents pursuing continuing education. All applicants will be considered with priority intended for those candidates who demonstrate how their degree or educational goal relates to transit. 

Priority will be given to outstanding student(s) who demonstrate a specific interest in advancing transportation.

The scholarship award program is administered by the current year NEPTA Board of Directors through the support of event sponsors and funds raised during the annual scholarship golf tournament. From your generous support, we are able to offer the scholarship program even though this year's golf tournament was canceled due to COVID restrictions. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, disability, or national origin. The NEPTA Board of Directors, Finance Committee, has the final vote in the selection process.


Applicants to the NEPTA Scholarship Award Program must qualify in at least one category scholarship.

Category I: employee of a NEPTA member organizations in good standing

Category II: dependents of employees of NEPTA member organizations in good standing

All applicants must be enrolled in school and must be pursuing enrichment in their transit career in a transportation-related field mentioned above.


GPA of 3.0 or higher

Currently enrolled in (or accepted for the fall 2020) an undergraduate or graduate degree program or trade vocational school, etc. in a transit related field mentioned above. 

APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS *all documents must be submitted electronically through application link


Download reference letters from three (3) people (non-relatives) to include a personal recommendation letter and two, either professional and/or academic, Applicants must be endorsed by a NEPTA member and must include a reference summary letter from the sponsoring agency. Reference letter must be signed and provide contact information. NEPTA Scholarship Committee member may contact your reference.


Plans to pursue a career in a transit-related field. 

Demonstrated interest in addressing transportation issue(s).

Please explain in 500 words or less why you have selected to pursue a course of study or career in transit or related field, and how you contribute (or will contribute) to the transit industry. 


Transcript of most recent semester. GPA stated on application must be verifiable from transcript. We can not accept unofficial transcipts.  


Complete applications must be received by NEPTA via website link by Monday, November 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Late applications and/or incomplete/missing supporting documents will not be considered for review. NEPTA may have additional requirements, such as personal interviews.

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Student Information

Formatted Text
Applicant Category *

Academic Records and Involvement

Are you currently in high school? *
Honors, Awards, Extracurricular, Clubs, Leadership Roles, Organizers 
Are you currently in college/university/vocational school? *
Honors, Awards, Extracurricular, Clubs, Leadership Roles, Organizers 

Fall 2021 Academic Information

Vocational or College/University? *
Degree Program Enrolled *


Please submit three (3) recommendation letters from non-relatives who support your application. At least one reference letter should be a personal recommendation with others being professional or academic. Reference letter must be signed and provide contact information. A NEPTA Scholarship Committee member may contact your references. 

Personal Statement/Essay

Transcript of most recent semester must included: GPA, Student's Name, Student's ID number, College/University Name


As the NEPTA Scholarship applicant, I hereby certify the information submitted with this application is correct and I have composed the essay to the best of my ability. To my knowledge the documents included and attached have not been falsified.
Applicant's Signature *

Sponsoring Agency/Organization - Reference Summary

All NEPTA scholarship applications must be endorsed with signatory credentials by a NEPTA member. 
If you do not know who the NEPTA representative is at your agency/organization, email NEPTA 

Sponsoring Agency/Organization

Be sure to download sponsor's reference summary. In order to be considered for a NEPTA Scholarship Award all applications must include a reference summary from the sponsoring agency/organization.

Official Rules and Terms

The NEPTA Scholarship Award Program is available to NEPTA member employees and their dependents who will be enrolled in an accredited institution (post high school) in the fall term of the application period. NEPTA members in good standing may sponsor their employees and/or the dependents of employees for this scholarship opportunity. Relatives of currently serving NEPTA officers and directors are excluded.  Sponsors are encouraged to attend the annual meeting to honor the recipient. Students are encouraged to apply each year.  Sponsors may sponsor more than one applicant.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by November 15 at 11:59 pm. Late applications will not be considered.  All applications become property of NEPTA and will not be returned.  By applying, applicants agree to provide other information and documentation as requested by the NEPTA Scholarship Committee. 

Announcing the Award Recipient(s): Recipients will be notified via email no later than Monday, November 22. It is customary for the receipients to be invited to the NEPTA annual meeting at the Graduate Hotel. Due to COVID restrictions, the decision about the NEPTA annual meeting is still being reviewed. Students receiving an award will be notified. 

If the meeting is help, the recipient attendee and their sponsor are invited to address the annual meeting audience and talk briefly about the academic and/or professional/personal achievements that relate to the recipient’s continuing education choice. 

Scholarship Restrictions:  Scholarships are to be used to cover institution costs and direct educational expenses associated with courses during the scholarship award year. The scholarship funds may be used for any term, including the summer term, during the awarded academic school year. Recipients must be enrolled in an accredited institution in the fall term of the award period. Scholarship checks will be sent directly to the recipient. It is the responsbility of the recipient to notifiy NEPTA in the event of non-enrollment or drop out. ( and will be responsible for returning the award. 

Academic Year Fall 2021 - Summer 2022 

Scholarship Award amount may range from $500 - $2500. The NEPTA scholarship committee may select more than one recipient. Members of the Scholarship Committee may conduct interviews.

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