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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.

2014 Scholarship Winners

The 2014 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 – Kasey St. John – Kasey St. John serves as the Transportation Public Outreach Coordinator for the Indian Nations Council of Governments in Tulsa, OK. Kasey coordinates outreach and education activities for bicycle, pedestrian and transit programs. Kasey is currently working on a public involvement campaign for Tulsa’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. She and INCOG staff were honored in 2012 by the American Planning Association for Excellence in Public Outreach with their Fast Forward Transit System Plan efforts.
    Kasey earned her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from The University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner!) and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design from OU’s Tulsa campus. In her spare time, Kasey is a leader with The Tulsa’s Young Professionals organization on the “Urbanist” crew.
  • DFW Chapter Undergraduate Scholarship – Amanda Gowa – Amanda Gowa is currently pursuing a degree in Architectural Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Currently, she is a sophomore and is Ugandan by nationality. Amanda is also a part of the United World College-Davis Scholars Program, which has enabled her to pursue her career through tuition assistance. Additionally, she is a part of the University of
    Oklahoma Architectural Engineers Institute which helps students get more involved with the community at large and other Architectural Engineers in the United States. Amanda is quite passionate about dancing and music, and an active member of the African Student Association which helps to teach people more about the various African cultures. Last, but not least, she is an employee of the University of Oklahoma Information Technology Department, which keeps her quite active aside from academics.
  • Monique Pegues Undergraduate Leadership Scholarship – Grace Peterson – Grace Peterson is a student at LeTourneau University pursuing a degree in Aircraft Systems with a concentration in Missions Management. Her interest for aviation was born at the Millville Air Show at the end of her freshmen year of high school. After watching the Blue Angels, Grace knew that the sky is where she wanted to be. During her senior year, she started flight training to become a private pilot and passed her check ride one week before beginning her college career at LeTourneau University. At LeTourneau, she became an instrument pilot and will complete her Orals and Practicals to become an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic this spring. With this education, Grace would like to gain experience as a mechanic and eventually work in the Alaskan school systems as an aircraft maintenance teacher. She would like to thank WTS for its support in her education and career goals!
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