New training scholarship, field trip grant offered

Posted on August 13, 2009

ALBANY, N.Y. — Two new programs launched by National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) members will support learning opportunities for pupil transportation professionals as well as students.

Peter Lawrence, who is director of transportation for Fairport (N.Y.) Central School District, and his wife, Linda, endowed two scholarships that will cover the registration fee of the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute’s National Conference for Behind-the-Wheel Trainers and Classroom Instructors in Syracuse, N.Y., this fall.

The Lawrences also endowed one scholarship that will cover the registration fee for NAPT’s Annual Summit in Louisville, Ky., this fall.

NAPT President-Elect Dr. Linda Bluth and her partner, Betsy Eisman, endowed an annual grant to help bring learning to life for needy students by paying for field trips. The pair committed $500 a year for the next 10 years to cover the costs of transportation, entry fees, supplies and classroom resource materials.

Soon after the programs were unveiled, Zonar Systems volunteered to double the endowments. The move will allow the Lawrences to provide a total of six scholarships and Bluth and Eisman to award two field trips per year.

A downloadable application for the Peter and Linda Lawrence Training Scholarship will be available on the NAPT Website ( and the PTSI Website ( on or before Aug. 15. The deadline to apply is Sept. 18. Candidates must be school bus driver trainers at a school district or contractor, and they must have held an industry position for at least three years.

A downloadable application for the Bluth-Eisman Field Trip Grant will be available on the NAPT Website on or before Aug. 31. Association members can apply online from Sept. 1 through Oct. 1.

Related Topics: conferences, NAPT

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