Transportation makes a difference in people’s lives. No matter the quality of the senior program, the number of open doctor appointments, existing job opportunities, or any other activity or destination, people need a way to travel there. While most of our passengers can afford JAUNT’s fares, some need financial assistance. Those that require help in paying for rides can turn to JAUNT Friends, a 501(c)(3) offering three types of limited scholarships:
Donna Shaunesy (10 Ticket Scholarship)
This scholarship, in honor of a former JAUNT executive director, usually covers the ticket fares for one week. To qualify, a person must be a resident of one of the following areas: Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Louisa, or Nelson County, as well as Charlottesville. A passenger may be eligible for two scholarships per fiscal year, which runs July 1 to June 30th.
70 Ticket Scholarship
The JAUNT Friends 70 Ticket Scholarship is available to passengers who are struggling to cover their fares. There are three scholarships available each quarter, limited to one per person per fiscal year. The deadline is 5 p.m. on the first day of the following months: January, April, July, and October. Applicants will be notified by the 15th of that month. The scholarship covers the fare for 70 trips with a maximum cost of $281. The application must be completed by a local professional (i.e., social worker, case manager, physician, minister), who has knowledge of the applicant’s current financial situation and need.
Joan Sturgill (20 Ticket Scholarship)
Dedicated to a former rider, this scholarship is available to primarily senior citizens with a disability who would be homebound if they could not afford JAUNT’s fares. JAUNT passengers who are struggling to cover their fares. These may be awarded once per person per fiscal year on a quarterly basis, on the same schedule as the 70-ticket Scholarship. The scholarship covers the fare for 20 trips with a maximum cost of $80. JAUNT must receive the application by 5 p.m. on the first day of the following months: January, April, July, and October. Applicants will be notified by the 15th of that month.
“I think JAUNT Friends is absolutely amazing. I am so glad that there are individuals out there that can help us. You [JF] came through with flying colors! I am just so grateful.”
“Without JAUNT Friends, many of the consumers I serve would not be able to access the Louisa Employment Center, medical appointments in Louisa and in Charlottesville or other medical providers like the Health and Wellness center that offers medical and dental services on a sliding scale.. THANKS to YOU- JAUNT Friends, the members of this community are able to access safe, reliable and affordable transportation.”