Advancing Women in Transportation
Every year, the WTS Central Pennsylvania Chapter awards up to $4,000 in local scholarship(s) to encourage and support the exceptional women who are pursuing careers in a transportation related field. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicants' specific goals, academic achievements, and transportation-related career pursuits.
Interested female students can apply with us for any of the national scholarships listed below. From this applicant pool, one or more students will be selected for a local scholarship from the WTS Central PA Chapter. In addition, one or more students will then also be recommended for the national scholarship competition (awards range from $1,000 to $10,000). 

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(Left: 2018 Scholarship Winners with Secretary Leslie Richards,
Right: 2017 Scholarship Winners with Secretary Leslie Richards and chapter leaders)


Application information will be posted in the fall and announced through our monthly newsletter and through outreach to local schools and universities. Please check back in Fall 2018 for information on our 2018 scholarship application cycle.



Applicants can apply for one or more of the following scholarships (click on scholarship name for application and instructions):

(Please review our "Guidance on how to spend the scholarship money," located at the bottom of this page.)


For questions about any of the scholarships, please contact Angela Watson, our WTS Central PA Scholarship Chair, at:



*The WTS Central PA Chapter - Colleen Brown High School Scholarship is named as a memorial to Colleen Brown, P.E., a former PennDOT engineer and transportation colleague.

Colleen grew up in the City of Lancaster and decided early on that she wanted to be an engineer. After researching different college engineering programs, she decided to attend the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown because she thought that their program would give her the hands-on education she was looking for. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. In 1984, not long after graduation, she started working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in the Civil Engineer Training Program in District 8-0 in Harrisburg. In October 1997, Colleen made the move to PennDOT Central Office as a Project Development Engineer where she was instrumental in guiding her District's efforts in the design of major projects such as SR 0202, Section 700 in Bucks County, Exit 17 on Interstate 81, and numerous other highway and bridge projects. Colleen was a highly respected engineer and was well-liked by all who worked with her. She enjoyed living life to the fullest by spending time with family and friends and being active - whether it was traveling, running, or skiing. She had a twinkle in her eye, an energetic "get it done" attitude, and a quick sense of humor. In September 2010, Colleen passed away after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 49 years old and had worked as an engineer for PennDOT for 26 years.




** Guidance on how to spend the scholarship money. **

The scholarship winner should consult the IRS guidelines at In general, if the scholarship amount exceeds their tuition, the recipient can spend the money on the following items:

1) Tuition and fees required to enroll at or attend an eligible educational institution; and

2) Course-related expenses, such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment that are required for the courses at the eligible educational institution. These items must be required of all students in your course of instruction.


The following items do not qualify as education expenses:

1) Room and board,

2) Travel,

3) Research,

4) Clerical help, or

5) Equipment and other expenses that aren't required for enrollment in or attendance at an eligible educational institution.


For more information, including tax implications for scholarships, please click on the link:


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