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Scholarship Administration

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For all scholarships, recipients must enroll as full-time undergraduates in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded. The scholarships will be applied to educational expenses at any accredited, nonprofit college or university in the United States or Canada, or at a school that offers programs related to the travel or tourism industry. A student may transfer from one college to another and retain the award. There is a new competition for these awards each year. Scholarship winners may reapply each year if the employee or the student’s parents continue to be employed by ABA members. Winning a scholarship one year does not necessarily ensure that the recipient will win the following year, but preference is given to past winners.

Selection Process

Evaluators select winners based on their academic merit, extracurricular activities, and anticipated financial need. All applicants are notified of the competition results in June. An impartial selection committee of educators is responsible for ranking and choosing the winners.

Distribution of Funds

Winners are announced via online and printed publication and press release in June or July of the application year. Scholarship winners will receive formal acceptance packets that include marketing release forms and guidelines for funds distribution. Checks are to be mailed to each recipient’s home address and are to be made payable to the college or university only. Checks are to be issued in August and December. Recipients must enroll as full-time undergraduates in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded and continue in school for the entire academic year without interruption, barring illness, emergency, or military service. Scholarship recipients are responsible for making certain that their scholarship checks are delivered to the proper office at their college or university.


Contact International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS) Customer Care at (855)-670-ISTS (4787) or (subject line: AMBUS)

The American Bus Association serves a thriving industry that provides nearly 600 million passenger trips annually on charters, tours, scheduled service, and shuttles. Membership in ABA includes motorcoach operators, tour operators, tourism-related organizations, and products and service suppliers.

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