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Scholarships

To encourage women pursuing careers in transportation, the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of WTS awards six local scholarship to graduate, undergraduate, community college, and high school students. 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!

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Daphne Johnson
Hayden Consultants, Inc.
Phone: (214) 753-8107
Email: djohnson@haydenconsultants.com

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  • Wanda J. Schafer Graduate Scholarship ($2,500) 
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  • Monique Pegues Graduate Leadership Scholarship ($2,500)
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  • Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter WTS Undergraduate Scholarship ($2,000)
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  • Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter WTS Undergraduate Leadership Scholarship ($2,500)
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  • Community College/Technical/Trade School Scholarship ($2,500)
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  • Transportation YOU High School Scholarship ($2,500)
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  • Gorrondona & Associates, Inc. /WTS High School Scholarship ($2,500)
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2015 Scholarship Winners

The 2015-2016 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 – Audrey Porter – Audrey holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Austin College and has over 4 years of experience as a full-time mechanic for GM. Working on cars ignited a passion for automotive technology which led her to pursue a Master’s in Electrical Engineering with a focus on Control Systems, a vital technology to the increasingly complex automotive machine and to the innovation of self-driving cars. Audrey is in her second semester of her graduate program at the University of Texas at Arlington and spends all of her free time as the Team Captain of UTA Racing Electric. The team is designing and building an all-electric formula-style racecar with 4 in-wheel motors to compete against teams around the world in both Lincoln Airpark in Nebraska and at Hockenheimring in Germany this summer.
  • DFW Chapter Undergraduate Scholarship –  Lisa Fiedler – Lisa will be graduating Magna cum Laude this May from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Environmental Sustainability and a minor in International Studies. In the fall she will continue her studies at a school to-be-decided in order to obtain a Master’s degree in Urban Planning with a specialization in Transportation Planning. During her time at OU, Lisa worked as a writing consultant at both the Honors College Writing Center and the University of Oklahoma Writing Center in addition to undergraduate research assistantship work and various internships. Most recently, Lisa interned with the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services on Vision Zero, and international initiative with the goal of reducing traffic fatalities to zero. Lisa acknowledges just how lucky is to have received to opportunity to study abroad three times during her undergraduate career and attributes her passion for transportation planning to the time she spent in Tanzania, France, and the Netherlands. Aside from traveling, Lisa loves to spend her time reading, riding her bike, and cuddling with her roommate’s cat.
     
  • DFW Chapter Undergraduate Leadership Scholarship – Brenda Torres – As a current student of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Brenda is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. While being a student, Brenda takes time to give back to her community by participating in multiple volunteering projects such as Graffiti Wipeout and Girls in Engineering. On campus, she is involved with the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Science and Engineering, and is the secretary of Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority Incorporated. In addition to being a full time student, Brenda is actively promoting higher education in low income schools. She is an AVID tutor at her former middle school in the Fort Worth Independent School District. She supervises tutorial sessions and has organized a college panel. Brenda is also a GO Center Mentor at her former high school where she helps students apply to college and scholarships.
  • Monique Pegues Graduate Leadership Scholarship – Kasey St. John – Kasey St. John currently serves as the Marketing and Special Projects Manager for the City of Sand Springs, in Oklahoma.  Over the past four years, she served as the Public Outreach Planner for the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) working on such projects as bicycle pedestrian outreach, the Peoria Transit Study and the Fast Forward Plan. Kasey’s past roles include non-profit communications and PR.  Kasey has a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Architecture and Urban Studies with the University of Oklahoma.  Boomer Sooner! Kasey also serves as a volunteer leader in the Tulsa’s Young Professionals’ (TYPros) organization and is a Founding Trustee on the Board of the TYPros Foundation.”
  • Transportation YOU Scholarship – Jamie Griffin – Jamie Griffin is about to graduate from Martin High School in Arlington. She will attend Texas A&M College Station in the fall to study mechanical engineering. She is currently an intern at Lockheed Martin and is excited to pursue engineering further.
  • Gorrondona & Associates, Inc./WTS High School Scholarship – Jennifer Derma
  • Gorrondona & Associates, Inc./WTS High School Scholarship – Leslie Acosta
  • Gorrondona & Associates, Inc./WTS High School Scholarship – Tailar Brown
  • Gorrondona & Associates, Inc./WTS High School Scholarship – Tania Maderos
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