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WTS-Boston is pleased announce our 2016 Chapter Scholarship recipients

April 11, 2016 07:00 PM

WTS-Boston seeks to recognize the best and brightest women seeking careers in transportation. The WTS-Boston chapter is awarding over $24,000 in scholarships this year. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation involvement and goals, job skills, and academic record.  WTS-Boston is pleased to announce the following local scholarship winners who will receive recognition at the WTS-Boston June Scholarship and Awards Dinner.

Boston Chapter Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

Emma Heller, Milton High School, Milton, MA

Jacquelyn R. Smith Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

Sara Rauwolf, Northeastern University

Ann Hershfang Graduate Scholarship

Corinna Li, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Claire Barrett Memorial Scholarship

Farnoush Khalighi, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Community College Scholarship

Kim Hardy, North Shore Community College


The WTS Foundation awards $50,000 in scholarships to women who are pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate and graduate programs. As with local chapter scholarships, the WTS Foundation scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills. Local chapters submit their nominations for consideration to a Selection Committee composed of Foundation Board members.  Following are the Boston Chapter applicants who were selected for consideration as part of the WTS Foundation scholarship award process. WTS Foundation national winners were announced in March and while WTS-Boston’s nominees did not receive WTS Foundation awards, please join us in congratulating these accomplished women.

Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

Sara Rauwolf, Northeastern University

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

ThetMyatNoe Sein, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship

Corinna Lubin Li, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The WTS Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Studies

Somaye Garmroudi Dovirani, University of Massachusetts-Amherst


A look back at our WTS-Boston 2015 Scholarship recipients:

Many recipients of WTS-Boston scholarships go on to successful and rewarding careers in transportation.  Following are excerpts from past scholarship recipients reflecting on the impact WTS-Boston scholarships have had on their academic careers.

Boston Chapter Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

“In the past year since I was lucky enough to receive the Transportation YOU Scholarship, I have begun my secondary education at the University of Rhode Island. In my first semester while taking classes towards my civil engineering degree, I made Dean's List and was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, an honor's society for all majors. Outside of academics, I have become involved in Best Buddies, Student Alumni Association, and Society of Women Engineers. However, my most recent focus and passion has been working with the WTS RI Student Outreach Committee to start a student chapter of WTS here at the University of Rhode Island. Just this week, I was offered a summer internship at Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA with the Systems Safety and Engineering division. WTS, even at this beginning point in my career, has greatly helped me and I can’t wait to continue to be a part of their vast community throughout my career.”

-Lindsay Cullen, Lincoln High School, Lincoln, Rhode Island

The WTS Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Studies

"Tugba Arsava recently received her Ph.D. degree in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. During her Ph.D studies, she has been involved in the development of two advanced traffic signal control models: AM-BAND and OD-BAND. She has also investigated the effect of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) on short-notice or no-notice evacuations. The research findings have been published in well-known peer-reviewed journals, including Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies and Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Her research has been focused on traffic operations, particularly advanced traffic signal control systems, microscopic traffic and transportation network simulations, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and emergency evacuations."

-Tugba Arsava, University of Massachusetts – Lowell


WTS-Boston 2017 Scholarship applications will be available in August 2016.



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