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To encourage women pursuing careers in transportation, the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of WTS awards three local scholarship to one graduate and two undergraduate students.  The graduate scholarship is for $1,500 and the undergraduate scholarships are for $1,000.  These scholarships have been made possible through generous contributions from our corporate members.

Every year, the scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant’s specific transportation involvement and goals, job skills, and academic record.  Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.  Past applicants have backgrounds in civil, mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineering, as well as urban planning, public policy, public safety, and emergency response.  Any students that may be eligible for the scholarships should apply!

Our chapter, and others throughout the world, forwards their local scholarship winners to the WTS Foundation, which awards greater scholarship amounts in addition to the local award.  WTS Foundation has six scholarships:  the Helene M. Overly Graduate Scholarship for $10,000; the Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates for $5,000; the Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship for $5,000; the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates for $5,000; the Community College/Technical/Trade School Scholarship for $1,000; and the Transportation YOU High School Scholarship for $1,000.  The local and international scholarships are based on the same criteria in order to maximize the chances that the applicant can also win the international scholarship award.  Thus, applicants should complete the enclosed applications to be eligible for both local and international awards.  Please note, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter does not have a local award to correspond with the Leadership Legacy Scholarship, Community College/Trade/Technical School Scholarship or the Transportation YOU High School Scholarship.  Eligible students should submit an application to the local chapter, and one nominee will be forwarded to the WTS Foundation.  The three local WTS scholarships are:

  • Wanda J. Schafer Graduate Scholarship, established in 2002 in honor of the first chapter president of the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter, is designed to encourage women to pursue career paths in transportation.  This is a $1,500 scholarship awarded to a student pursuing graduate studies in transportation or a related field.
  •  Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter WTS Undergraduate Scholarship, is designed to foster the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals to undertake careers in transportation.  This award is for $1,000.
  • Monique Pegues Undergraduate Leadership Scholarship, newly named in honor of former Dallas/Fort Worth chapter president Monique Pegues to motivate and reward women who demonstrate leadership in the transportation industry.  This is a $1,000 scholarship.

Graduate students may also apply for the Leadership Legacy Scholarship.

2013 Scholarship Winners

The 2013 Dallas-Fort Worth WTS scholarship winners have been selected. These winners have been nominated to compete for scholarships at the WTS International level. Thank you to the scholarship committee for reviewing all of the excellent applications.

  • Wanda J. Schafer Graduate Scholarship – Maryam Zabihi – candidate for Ph.D in Transportation Engineering and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at Arlington.
  • DFW Chapter Undergraduate Scholarship – Naima Rivas – Electrnic Engineering student at the University of Texas at Arlington. She also received the Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship (a WTS International Award) and the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship.
  • Monique Pegues Undergraduate Leadership Scholarship – Lena Gerry – Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science at the University of Texas at Arlinton.


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