As the world becomes increasingly more competitive, and the financial burdens placed upon families more acute, the ability to afford a college education can be out of reach for many high school students looking to pursue successful careers. The Student Transportation of America Education Foundation (STAEF) believes that the adults of tomorrow must invest in higher education to meet the competitive challenges of today’s world. Our mission is to provide continued support and an increasing number of scholarships to deserving students with each passing year.

Scholarships awarded through STAEF provide financial assistance to high school seniors who exhibit excellence in well rounded extracurricular programs and community involvement. The scholarships are made possible by the Foundation’s fundraising initiatives and its sponsors.

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“We have a history of long-term relationships with school districts and the children they serve. We are invested in the safety and success of these children, and our Foundation’s scholarships are tangible expressions of that investment. “

-Denis J. Gallagher

Chairman of the Foundation

About Us

The Student Transportation of America Education Foundation (STAEF) is the philanthropic arm of Student Transportation Inc. (STI), the most trusted and largest independent provider of school bus transportation services in North America. The STAEF was created in 2003 to advance the educational opportunities available to deserving high school seniors enrolled in the school districts served by STI and its Family of Companies.

STI partners with more than 300 customers across the country, providing the highest level of safe, reliable and cost-effective student transportation available. Our services are delivered by drivers, dispatchers, maintenance technicians, terminal managers and other caring members of the local community.

With more than 14,000 employees, STI plays a unique and positive role in the lives of the more than one million students we safely transport across North America. We are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve and we believe that what we do makes a difference for children and their families.


  • The STAEF was founded in 2003.
  • STAEF is a 501(c)(3) that focuses the experience of the STI Family of Companies and the talents of its more than 14,000 employees on advancing the educational opportunities available to the students in transports daily across the United States and in Canada.
  • Since its creation, STAEF has raised more than $600,000 and awarded more than 400 scholarships.
  • In 2009, the Foundation generated national recognition as it began a three-year partnership with the PGA Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island, South Carolina.
  • In 2012, STAEF became the host organization for Denny & Mark’s Pro-Am JAM, a celebrity music and golf event that has raised over $700,000 for a number of charities in its first four years.
  • STAEF is based out of Charleston, South Carolina.

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