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Central PA Chapter Scholarships


Every year, the WTS Central Pennsylvania Chapter awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to encourage and support the exceptional women who are pursuing careers in a STEM or  transportation related field. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicants' specific goals, academic achievements, and transportation-related activities.

Interested female students can apply with us for our WTS Central PA Chapter - Colleen Brown High School Senior Scholarship or any of the national scholarships listed below. From this applicant pool, one or more students will be selected for a local scholarship(s) from the WTS Central PA Chapter. In addition, one or more students will then also be recommended for the national scholarship competition for the specific national scholarships that they submitted applications for (awards range from $1,000 to $10,000).



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.)



2018 - 2019 Submission Details

Application packages for all 2018-2019 scholarships must be received by Monday, November 12, 2018 at either the email address or mailing address listed below. Email submission is preferable. Only complete application packages typed in Microsoft Word or PDF format will be accepted.


Angela Schreffler, WTS Central PA Scholarship Chair

c/o McCormick Taylor, Inc.

5 Capital Drive, Suite 400

Harrisburg, PA 17110


Important Dates

The application packages for all 2018-2019 scholarships must be received by Monday, November 12, 2018.

The Central PA Chapter Scholarship will be awarded in January 2019. 

The National Scholarship Winners will be notified in March 2019. 



For questions about any of the scholarships, please contact Angela Schreffler, our WTS Central PA Scholarship Chair, at: CentralPA@wtsinternational.org


Know a talented female student who is interested in transportation?

Help us spread the word!  See below for the flyer and letter sent to schools within central Pennsylvania, and thank you for helping us to publicize our scholarship program.



*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 https://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch01.html. 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 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: https://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch01.html


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