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WTS-Boston is pleased to announce our 2017 Chapter Scholarship recipients


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.

Jacquelyn R. Smith Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

Emily Derrig, Northeastern University

Ann Hershfang Graduate Scholarship

Marie Louis, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

WTS-Boston Member Graduate Scholarship

Alison Love, Northeastern University

Community College Scholarship

Olivia Murphy, Wentworth Institute of Technology


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

Emily Derrig, Northeastern University

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

Lindsay Cullen, University of Rhode Island

Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship

Marie Louis, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

The WTS Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Studies

Farnoush Khalighi, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

These scholarships give WTS-Boston the chance to both distinguish the accomplishments of these individuals and to promote women to pursue careers in transportation.

The winners were truly thankful for their scholarships. After being recognized for the WTS-Boston Member Graduate Scholarship, Ali Love answered, “Thank you so much! What an honor! I was not expecting to see my name … and what a lovely surprise it was.” Marie Louis, when hearing of her receipt of the Ann Hershfang Graduate Scholarship, replied, “Awarding this scholarship has inspired me to encourage more students to pursue a career in the transportation field so that they can help others with transportation issues, and give feedback to the community. I cannot but promise to be an ambassador of WTS wherever I go and carry a positive attitude in my demeanor as a member of the organization.” And what better response could WTS-Boston hope for!



WTS-Boston 2018 Scholarship applications will be available in August 2017.



A look back at our WTS-Boston 2016 Scholarship recipients

heller Transportation YOU Undergraduate Scholarship
Emma Heller
Milton High School Milton, Massachusetts
Emma is a senior at Milton High School with a passion for engineering. Emma has prepared herself for engineering school through multiple Advanced Placement (AP) courses including physics, calculus, and economics.  She attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT’s) KEYS Day Program for women engineers and she participated in a summer engineering camp at Brown University.  Emma is a four- year varsity athlete for crew and swimming, a National Honor Society member, a fluent French speaker, and an active member of the community.  This fall she will be attending Georgia Institute of Technology to major in civil engineering.  She then hopes to use her engineering degree to later work in an underdeveloped country.


 hardy Community College Scholarship
Kim Hardy
North Shore Community College, Danvers, Massachusetts
Kim is entering her second year at North Shore Community College, studying for her Associates degree in Aviation Science, Professional Pilot Program and currently holds a 3.75 GPA. She is a dedicated and persistent young woman that is not afraid to take on new challenges.  She hopes to gain respect with her attitude, strength and hard work, to inspire young women to dream big and become pilots, and to become an active member and leader in the aviation field.


rauwolf Jacquelyn R. Smith Memorial Scholarship
Sara Rauwolf
Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts
Sara is an undergraduate student receiving a degree in civil engineering with a concentration in transportation engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  She currently holds a 3.90 GPA.  She belongs to the following Northeastern groups:  Institute of Transportation Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society, and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society; and she tutors students in Physics.  Sara hopes that through her education, she can become a positive representative as a woman leader in transportation.


li Ann M. Hershfang Graduate Scholarship
Corinna Li
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Boston, Massachusetts
Corinna is a newly minted graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with dual Masters degrees in transportation and in city planning.  Her research at MIT focuses on developing a smartphone-based platform that allows transit riders to give real-time feedback on their bus trips with the aim of changing how transit agencies think about service quality and customer engagement.  The platform is currently running until July 15, 2016 as a pilot (QualiT) on the MBTA’s Silver Line. Corinna is a Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow, an Eno Fellow, and a member of Young Professionals in Transportation.  She is excited to join Sidewalk Labs in July where she will continue to work with cities to catalyze innovations in urban transportation and improve the accessibility, livability, and sustainability of our cities.


Claire Barrett Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Farnoush Khalighi
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Amherst, Massachusetts
Farnoush is a PhD student  receiving  her  doctorate  in civil engineering with a concentration in transportation engineering from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) – Amherst.  Farnoush currently works as a research assistant at UMass and her research focuses on signal control strategies towards more sustainable transportation systems, especially environmentally friendly systems.  Her master’s thesis was on developing an emission-based signal timing plan.  Her fields of interest include sustainable transportation systems, public transportation, emission modeling, and traffic flow theory.  Farnoush previously worked for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency & UMass Transportation Center. She also belongs to the following organizations: Transportation Research Board, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the American Society of Civil Engineers.





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