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Peter & Linda Lawrence create scholarship for driver trainers & front line supervisors

NAPT is pleased to announce that Peter Lawrence, Director of Transportation for the Fairport (NY) Public Schools, and his wife Linda have created a scholarship that will help four school bus driver trainers attend the NAPT Annual Summit this year.

This scholarship will cover the registration fee of NAPT's 2014 Annual Summit, which takes place Nov. 8 through Nov. 11, 2014 in Kansas City, Kansas.

"We have created this endowment to help give back to an industry that does noble work for students across our great nation," said Peter Lawrence. "We hope driver trainers take advantage of the opportunity and we look forward to reviewing the applications."

Peter and Linda Lawrence Training Scholarships will be awarded to school bus driver trainers or front line supervisors who work for a school district or private school bus company and train transportation staff either full or part-time. Candidates must have held an industry position for at least three years. Please note: this award defrays the cost of registration only – winners are responsible for all other associated costs.

Applicants must submit a cover letter that contains a brief statement of financial need and two letters of recommendation. The letters of recommendation must be from the applicant’s immediate supervisor and/or school district or company administrator. The letter should detail how the candidate's professional capabilities and personal integrity justify receiving the scholarship. A description of why s/he would like to receive the scholarship, what s/he hopes to achieve by attending, and how the training will further enhance the candidate’s effectiveness as a trainer, is also required.

Download the application today.

The deadline to submit an application for the NAPT conference is Sept. 12, 2014. A formal announcement declaring the winners will be made on Sept. 19, 2014.

About the Scholarship Partners:
Peter Lawrence is the Director of Transportation for the Fairport Central School District in Fairport, NY, and has served many roles during his tenure, including head mechanic and driver trainer. Lawrence is a Certified Director of Pupil Transportation (CDPT) through NAPT and holds a M.S. Degree in Management from Roberts Wesleyan College, a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Business Administration from SUNY Brockport, and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Rochester.

In addition, Lawrence serves as an NAPT Instructor, teaching training courses nationally and internationally. He has contributed several articles for School Bus Fleet, School Transportation News and the Association of School Business Officials International. Lawrence is a member of NAPT, NYAPT (New York Association for Pupil Transportation) and RATSA (Rochester Area Transportation Supervisors Association).

Linda Lawrence is an art teacher at Greece Central School District, North Greece, NY. She teaches grades K-5 at Paddy Hill School. Linda also owns a glass bead jewelry business called Linda's Bella Bead Jewelry. Every June, she donates 100 percent of the profits from special glass hearts to Joining Hearts and Hands, Ltd., a not for profit corporation. The proceeds from these hearts, called "Hearts for Hannah," are donated to Hannah's Hope Early Childhood Center – Katito in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Over the last four years, Linda has raised/donated over $5,000 to the cause. For more information visit more

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