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NYAPT Scholarship and Awards Programs 2023

Celebrating Excellence in Pupil Transportation

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Recognition by our peers is a very special moment in life.  There are many outstanding and often unsung professionals in our midst and we have several opportunities for celebrating them.  All it takes is for someone to care enough to prepare a nomination or application for them. 

Art Schock Award - Deadline May 1, 2023 

Awarded to a member of NYAPT who has demonstrated their ability to communicate and to teach or share information with colleagues and the public in ways that further the mission and cause of the association and the industry and profession.

FORM:  ART SHOCK APP 2023 Fillable PDF.pdf


Hall of Fame Award - Deadline May 1, 2023

Awarded to an individual who has been a member of NYAPT and who has made significant contributions to the association and the profession that have made a clear and distinct difference in terms of child safety, education, or other related accomplishments.

FORM:  HALL OF FAME 2023.pdf

Life Membership - Deadline May 1, 2023

Awarded by action of the Board of Directors to a member who has made outstanding contributions over time to the association and to the profession.

FORM: Life Membership 2023.pdf


Honorary Membership - Deadline May 1, 2023

Awarded by action of the Board of Directors to an individual who has contributed significantly over time to the work and mission of the association.

FORM:  Honorary Member Application 2023.pdf



School Transportation Education Scholarship - Deadline May 1, 2023

Two categories of awards are available.  First, up to three scholarship awards are available to high school seniors entering college.  Application deadline is May 1, 2022.  Second, scholarship awards sponsored by PTSI are available for adult school transportation professionals who wish to enhance their careers by becoming a 19-A examiner or an SBDI.  Application deadline is May 1, 2022.

FORM:  Coming soon!


NYSIR Conference Scholarship - Deadline May 1, 2023

The NY School Insurance Reciprocal offers five $1,000 scholarships to five first-time attendees to the Annual Conference.  These are managed through the NYAPT Awards Committee and cover conference registration, annual membership fees and three nights’ lodging for the conference.

Form:  Coming soon!


Leonard Family Scholarship -Deadline April 3, 2023

The Leonard Bus family has offered a scholarship opportunity to students whose parents are employed in the school transportation profession.  The scholarships focus primarily on students who seek to pursue a 2-year or 4-year education in auto and bus mechanics, diesel mechanics, and similar professions.

Form: NYAPT - Leonard Family Scholarship Application - 2023-2024.pdf


We are also honored that the State Education Department uses our Annual Summer Conference to announce the annual SBDI of the Year, Master Instructor of the Year, Heroism Award and School Bus Safety Drill Video Award.

 HEROISM Award Nomination  Deadline June 16, 2023

MI of the Year Nomination  Deadline June 16, 2023

Safety Drill Contest Submission  Deadline June 16, 2023

SBDI of the Year Nomination  Deadline June 16, 2023



The 2022-2023 poster contest theme will be Safely Rolling to My Destination, Entries for the 2022-23 National School Bus Safety poster contest may be submitted anytime between August 15, 2022 – March 31, 2023.  The deadline for the New York State poster contest is February 15, 2023.

The Poster Contest is a program in which students are engaged in designing poster art that portrays a nationally-determined theme about school bus safety.  Posters must be judged at the local/chapter level before being reviewed by the state association and the winning posters are then sent on to the national competition.  Details may be found on the POSTER CONTEST page. 

The NYS Poster Contest for 2022 is complete - congratulations to the winners!

2021-22 Poster Contest Winners


SCHOOL BUS DRIVER OF THE YEAR - Deadline May 1, 2023

The New York Association for Pupil Transportation is pleased to select a School Bus Driver of the Year from among the candidates nominated.  The awardee should exemplify the best traits we look for in school bus drivers and have been consistently safe and diligent in their work with our school children.

Form:  School Bus Driver of the Year 2022.pdf


NYAPT/PTSI TECH OF THE YEAR - Deadline May 1, 2023
NYAPT and PTSI have collaborated for several years in designating a School Bus Technician of the Year.  Awardees have gone above and beyond the basics of their job to engage in their own professional development or to help others advance educationally. 

Form:   School Bus Technician of the Year 2022.pdf



Recognition:  “Appreciation or acclaim for an achievement, service, or ability.”

There are so many people in school transportation - at all levels - who have achieved wonderful things in their pursuit of safety for our children and who have contributed mightily to our work as an association and as a family.  






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