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WTS-Boston is pleased to announce our 2018 Chapter Scholarship recipients

WTS-Boston seeks to recognize the best and brightest women seeking careers in transportation. The WTS-Boston chapter awarded $14,000 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 received recognition at the WTS-Boston June Scholarship and Awards Dinner.

Jacquelyn R. Smith Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship


Lindsay is an undergraduate student receiving a degree in Civil Engineering, with a focus in transportation, from the University of Rhode Island. She currently holds a 3.91 GPA and is finishing her junior year. Lindsay is a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board, American Society of Civil Engineers, multiple honor societies, is the WTS URI Student Chapter President, has been involved as a Pathways Civil Engineering Intern with the Volpe Center for the last two summers and with her limited free time volunteers with Best Buddies. Lindsay has a real passion for transportation and looks forward to leading the way for other women coming into the field



Ann Hershfang Graduate Scholarship



Monique is a doctorate student earning a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a member of the Transportation Research Board Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics Committee and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Transportation Student Group, a co-chair for the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics Distinguished Speaker Series, Assistant Minister and Lector for the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in her hometown of Chicago, a basketball coach for the Pilgrim Lutheran School and a mother of two. Monique decided to return to school in order to fulfill her need to truly master her field of study and gain the experience to lead large scale transportation research projects. She believes that leadership skills are a gift and when good leaders share those gifts they are truly serving other, which she plans to do.


WTS-Boston Member Graduate Scholarship


Sayeeda is receiving her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Transportation Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She is a member of the Graduate Students of Color Association, Graduate Women in Stem, Transportation Research Board, UMass Amherst Interdepartmental Engineering Graduate Student Community Committee, Current Secretary for the UMass Institute for Operations Research and the Management Science Student Chapter, Current Vice President of the UMASS Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter, and Current President of the UMass WTS Student Chapter.

After taking the role of the President of UMass WTS Student chapter, Sayeeda focused on its official webpage development and social media presence to improve students’ awareness of the organization. She believes that students need to be involved in WTS to increase women involvement in the transportation sector. Under Sayeeda UMass WTS will be a Registered Student Organization in the upcoming school year and she has been attending meetings with the UMass Student Chapters of the Society of Women Engineers and Institute of Transportation Engineers to spread the word about WTS. Sayeeda is dedicated to supporting women in the transportation industry and has actively worked through WTS to do so.

Transportation YOU Scholarship


Emma is a senior at Reading Memorial High School with a love of math and science. She has excelled academically, in her extracurricular activities, in community service and at work. She is enrolled in multiple Advance Placement courses, is a member of the National Honor Society, Treasurer for Reading’s Model UN, member of Girl Rising (a global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment), a guitar player in the school band, a middle school mentor, a Peer Tutor at her high school and teaches math and reading as a Kumon Instructor. Emma has a hunger for knowledge and wants to pursue a degree to make positive changes in the world through engineering and innovation.






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