Rail~Volution offers a limited number of scholarships each year to individuals working on transportation, community development, and land use issues, with special consideration for nonprofits, elected officials with constrained budgets, citizen activists, and transportation advocates. We encourage a diverse group of stakeholders to apply. Rail~Volution seeks viewpoints and contributions from people of different races, nationalities, professional disciplines and geographic and economic backgrounds. We believe diversity is essential to greater understanding, energy, creativity and momentum.
Scholarships cover conference registration and (for out of town recipients) travel costs, while funds last. Rail~Volution does not provide lodging.Rail~Volution also administers a homestay program providing opportunities for people from the region to host an out-of-state guest. In return, the host receives a free registration to attend the conference. See “General Guidelines” below for more information.
The application for scholarships or to be a homestay host opens June 15 and close August 10. Scholarship and Homestay Host decisions will be announced in late August.
Homestay Hosts & Guests
Community members in the conference location may attend the conference for free if they provide accommodations for an out-of-town scholarship recipient in their home. Homestay Hosts must be within 40 minutes of the conference hotel on a transit route with high frequency service as well as early and late service hours. Rail~Volution activities will start early in the morning and may end late in the night. Guests must be able to access the home at any time. A private room is preferred for attendees. Hosts are not responsible for any meals or entertaining guests. Hosts also are not responsible for providing transportation. Guests are expected to get around using transit and other available modes. Rail~Volution is not responsible for any issues that may arise with homestay matches. Guests and hosts will need to make their own arrangements once a match has been made. Homestay opportunities are at your own risk.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will a scholarship include mobile workshops or pre-conference events?
No, unfortunately the fees for the mobile workshops and networking events cannot be waived. Scholarship recipients are welcome to purchase tickets for mobile workshops and networking events when they register.
What is included in a scholarship?
Local scholarships provided to residents in the conference city are for registration only. Local scholarships do not provide lodging, meals or travel reimbursements. National scholarships will cover registration as well as a stipend for reimbursement of travel expenses (airfare, train tickets, etc) but do NOT include a hotel stay or meal expenses.
If you have questions about the scholarship program, please call Deb Peterson at 612-486-5619 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.