Each year the Association of Travel Instruction provides deserving professionals and trainees in the field of travel instruction and travel training the opportunity to apply for an award and several scholarships.


Each year, the Jack Gorelick Award is presented to an outstanding supporter or practitioner of travel instruction. This is the highest Award that is given by ATI each year and it is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated the spirit and intent of Jack Gorelick in promoting the inclusion of persons with disabilities into the life stream of our communities through independent travel and the use of public transportation by all people.


The Jack and Helen Gorelick Scholarship was established in recognition and appreciation of the praiseworthy work being done by hands-on Travel Trainers and Travel Instructors. The scholarship is to be provided annually to advance the knowledge and skills of Travel Trainers and Travel Instructors through education and participation at meetings and conferences. The ultimate purpose is to further the opportunities of Travel Trainers and Travel Training Instructors to enhance the lives of those receiving services.


One scholarship in the amount of up to $750 will be awarded annually to an outstanding Travel Trainer/Travel Instructor selected by the ATI Board of Directors to be applied towards the cost of attending the ATI Conference. Recipient must be a member of ATI, either organizational or individual, for at least two years. Self-nominations are accepted.


The Terry Moakley Memorial Scholarship was established to recognize a new Advocate, Travel Trainer or Travel Training Instructor who has become involved in supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community through the use of public transportation, travel training, and mobility options. The ultimate purpose is to further the opportunities for new Travel Trainers, Travel Instructors or Advocates to enhance their knowledge in order to help them provide the best service possible to enrich the lives of people with disabilities. New Travel Trainer/Travel instructor is defined as working less than two years in the field.  

About Terry:

In the first 14 years of the Association of Travel Instruction, Terry Moakley played many roles: founding member, past president, active participant in all the Conferences, initiator of the newsletter, grant writer for the ATI video, and friend and supporter to many members.  A generous man with a gentle manner in delicate situations, a great sense of humor, a belief that all things were possible, and the ability to persevere to achieve a goal, Terry was determined to make accessible transportation and travel training an integral part of the national conversation. Terry worked tirelessly towards securing accessible transportation for all and for travel training as the means to bridge the gap that may exist between an individual and the independent use of transportation. As Jim Weisman, a close friend of Terry’s for many years and through many disability rights and access struggles said, “Terry was a visionary about something that most people don’t care about and because he was, he changed the world.  He was really a pioneer.”


The Juanita Curtis Memorial scholarship is a scholarship to attend the 20th Annual ATI Conference in Cleveland, OH. The scholarship covers the cost of attendance to the conference. Eligible applicants will be former or current Travel Training Trainees or people with disabilities who are transit advocates. The goal of this scholarship is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in a professional conference and provide insight and input into the field of travel instruction.

About Juanita:

Regular attendees at ATI Conferences will remember a quiet woman with a discerning eye, a listening ear, and a sense of adventure.  Juanita Curtis regularly accompanied her husband, Thomas Curtis, to the conferences.  Those of us fortunate enough to spend time with Juanita eagerly awaited her arrival.  Like a forward scout, Juanita explored each of the host cities, especially areas close by the Conference site, and returned to share the local treasures she found with us.  We were then able to use our “free” time to see, hear, and learn about these “treasures” that there would have been no time to research and find ourselves.  Juanita found them for us in what appeared to be an effortless manner.  A musician, a teacher, a parent, a soul-mate to Thomas, Juanita became a special and cherished friend to many ATI members, sharing stories, experiences, and lessons learned from a life well and fully lived.

Chicago, IL