Applications are being accepted for a new scholarship launched by New Flyer of America Inc. and AROW Global for education and training to enter the new mobility era.
The $10,000 New Mobility Bursary, awarded through parent company NFI’s Vehicle Innovation Center, is open to candidates in the U.S. and Canada from 17-24 years of age who are currently enrolled in STEM-related programs.
The bursary is focused on supporting underserved, underrepresented or disadvantaged individuals intending to pursue careers in the new mobility era, ultimately contributing to the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in public transit.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 30. Applications can be submitted through newflyer.com/VIC.
“Providing tangible support and helping remove barriers for young people to pursue technical education and training is vital to building inclusion and developing healthy candidate pipelines for our industry,” said Janice Harper, Executive Vice President of People and Culture for NFI. “Workforce development is a pivotal enabler of our shift to zero-emission. This is why we are investing in the advancement of young people and hope every person has the chance to enter our industry and participate meaningfully in the new mobility era.”
The bursary was announced in November 2021 during APTA EXPO in Orlando, an event that aligned with the United Nations COP26 climate change conference. COP 26 included key themes of advancing gender equality and demonstrating that science and innovation can deliver climate solutions.
The winner will be determined by a selection committee composed of industry leaders from across North America, including the American Public Transportation Association, Latinos in Transit, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Transport Workers Union, Transportation Diversity Council, AROW Global and New Flyer. The winner will be announced in spring 2022.
About the sponsors
AROW Global, a leading designer and manufacturer of window, glazing and driver protection systems for the mass transit industry in North America, is an equal partner with New Flyer in creating the New Mobility Bursary to advance equity, diversity and inclusion in the public transportation industry.
NFI also operates the Vehicle Innovation Center, the first and only innovation lab of its kind dedicated to advancing bus and coach technology and providing workforce development. Since opening in late 2017, the VIC has hosted over 300 interactive events, welcoming 4,000 industry professionals for EV and infrastructure training.