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Scholarships

To assist women pursuing education and professional careers in transportation-related fields, the Greater New York Chapter of WTS invites eligible women to apply for scholarships, including:

Graduate Scholarships:

  • TransitCenter Policy Innovator Scholarship for $5000 is awarded to an outstanding graduate level student who is pursuing a career in transportation in the realm of improving transit policy and governance.
  • Leonard Braun Memorial Scholarship for $4000 is awarded to encourage women to pursue career paths in transportation. The local winner may advance to the national Helen M. Overly Memorial Scholarship competition.
  • National Leadership Legacy Award for $2,000 is awarded to a student, pursuing a graduate degree in transportation or a related field, who demonstrates leadership skills and an active commitment to community service.

Undergraduate Scholarships:

  • Susan Miszkowicz Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship for $3500 is awarded to encourage bright new professionals to undertake careers in transportation and related fields. The local winner may advance to the national Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship competition.
  • Susan L. Kupferman Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship for $2,000 is awarded to New York City undergraduate students who graduated from a New York City public high school and is interested in undertaking careers in the field of transportation and related fields.
  • Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates for $3500 is awarded to a woman that demonstrates leadership skills, ability and interest in the field of transportation and related fields. The local winner may advance to the national Molitoris Leadership Scholarship competition.
  • Trade School and Community College Scholarship for $1000 is awarded to encourage women to pursue career paths in transportation.
  • Transportation YOU High School Scholarships for $1000 are awarded to outstanding high school students interested in undertaking careers in transportation and studying math, science, engineering or technology. WTS Greater New York will award two scholarships, one for a student in New York and one for a student in New Jersey.

Click on awards above for individual applicatiom forms. Eligible female applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • GPA of 3.00
  • Enrolled in or accepted to a degree program in a transportation-related field, such as engineering, planning and logistics, in New York or New Jersey
  • Special criteria as noted on the individual application forms

Questions can be emailed to wtsgnyscholarship@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than Friday, June 14, 2019. Email the completed package (with all forms and backup materials) to wtsgnyscholarship@gmail.com or mail to: Tracey Slochover Attn: Scholarship 605 Third Ave., 3rd Floor New York, NY 10158

The scholarship recipients chosen by the WTS Greater New York chapter will also be sent for consideration at the national level. (Nominees for the national scholarships must come from a local WTS chapter.) These national awards will be presented during the International Annual Conference.

Support the Scholarship Fund:

Find out more about our upcoming Scholarship Fundraiser on March 25th on our Events Page

To make a direct monetary contribution to the WTS Foundation, please make checks payable to "WTS Foundation" and write "Greater NY Chapter scholarship account" on the memo line. Send checks to WTS-GNY P.O. Box 989 New York, NY 10116-0989

WTS-GNY 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Christina Jang is passionate about promoting sustainable transport and mobility as a human right. She is currently a part-time student at New York University (NYU) Wagner studying for a Master’s in Urban Planning and the 2019-2020 Transportation chair for the Urban Planning Student Association. Jang works full-time as the senior program coordinator at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a nonprofit that promotes high-quality transportation systems and policy solutions in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico and the United States. Previously, she completed a two-year Fulbright Fellowship in the northeastern Brazil and served as an AmeriCorps member at New York Cares.

 

Leonard Braun Memorial Scholarship 

 

Somayeh Dejbord is working toward a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (IE) at the University at Buffalo and a member of the Applied Transportation Operations Research and Modeling Group. She holds a Master of Science in IE-Socioeconomic Systems, from Amirkabir University of Technology in Iran. Her interest lies in exploiting operations research and analytics to better understand modeling and inference discovery in complex transportation systems. Another of her major concentrations is identifying policy interventions that can contribute to sustainable development as a strategic goal. After nearly eight years of professional engineering experience and collaboration on the development of various policy-making projects, Dejbord returned to school. Witnessing the development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and their potential benefits in environmental impact reduction, enabling mobility for disabled and non-drivers, and congestion management, her goal is to bridge AV concepts and development. Her current research focuses on strategic location and allocation of public parking for AVs in metropolitan areas.

Dejbord plans to undertake leadership roles in both professional practice and academia to close the gap between ideas and reality, as well as to tackle the complex issues in sustainable transportation systems. She wants to have a major impact on the next generation. 

 

Susan Miszkowicz Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship 

 

Michele Chen will be entering her junior year at Stony Brook University, where she is majoring in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Transportation. She wants to pursue a professional engineering career and is making major strides outside the classroom to develop her engineering eye. This fall, Chen will be conducting research with Professor Anil Yazici on high-speed rail and other high-profile transportation projects. This summer, she interned at Stantec in the Traffic and Toll Revenue department, where she works closely with her team to analyze traffic patterns and create revenue forecasts. Her work contributed to improving traffic conditions on major highways in Washington and Texas. In summer 2018, she interned at the Federal Highway Administration and NYSDOT Region 11. She wrote a Highway Safety Investigation report and evaluated fiber assignments to ITS equipment. Additionally, Chen wrote a paper and made a presentation on the safety features and future improvements of autonomous vehicles. 

 

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

 

Avery Mack is pursuing a B.E. in Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University. She is a rising junior in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Honors Program. Since summer 2018, Mack has collaborated with graduate students under the supervision of Dr. Leila Hajibabai-Dizaji in the Transportation Systems and Logistics Lab. The main focus of her project pertains to the optimization of electric vehicle charging stations: facility locations and scheduling on the Stony Brook campus. Mack was responsible for developing various datasets to test the proposed optimization models. 

As a student mentor, Mack advises incoming WISE freshman in the Civil and Mechanical engineering programs. In this leadership role, she discusses the specific challenges young women face in STEM and provides various approaches to overcoming these difficulties. Mack wants to help create a more sustainable society with significant improvements in electric vehicle infrastructure, while inspiring other young, ambitious women in the transportation industry.

 

Susan L. Kupferman Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship 

 

Viktoria Molodecka has been on an engineering career path from a young age. She attended Brooklyn Technical High School, majoring in Civil Engineering and pursued the same course of study at City College of New York. Now starting her senior year, Molodecka this summer worked with Dr. Naresh Devineni to analyze water stress in the United States as a reflection of climate data for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Crest CiPASS program. This fall, she plans to study how this same climate data affects pothole formation in New York City under the guidance of Dr. Alison Conway. Versed in AutoCAD and RStudio, Molodecka’s goals stretch across the entire engineering field. 

 

Junior College/Trade School Scholarship

 

Jenelle Samuel is a sophomore at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. She has always had a thirst for learning. Born in Antigua, she moved to the United States to pursue her dream of working in the aviation industry as an air traffic controller or an airport manager. In 2020, Samuel will begin an airport internship to gain hands-on experience in her chosen field. In the interim, she works part time at Vaughn College during the semester and held a summer job in Antigua at a distribution company. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering at different school events, listening to music and reading. Upon graduation, Samuel’s goal is to come up with creative ideas to push the envelope in the aviation industry.

 

Transportation YOU High School Scholarship


Nathalie Calvachi is pursuing a Civil Engineering degree at Rowan University. She attended Linden High School, where she was a part of the International Baccalaureate program and a member of the French National Honor Society. As a high school senior, Calvachi was involved in the WTS Transportation YOU Program and discovered her passion for engineering, transportation and mobility. She is currently attending the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) summer program at Rowan University. 

 

Leadership Legacy Award


Jingqin Gao is a Ph.D. candidate at New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering and a research assistant at the C2SMART Tier 1 University Transportation Center. She studied Science and Technology of Optical Information and received her B.S. from Tongji University and her M.S. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from NYU. Her research interests lie in simulation modeling, data-driven and machine learning approach for transportation, emerging technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles applications to help visually impaired individuals and transportation economics. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program at NYU, Gao worked in the modeling and data analysis unit at the New York City Department of Transportation, which supports the agency’s internal planning, technical review processes, and coordinated with external agencies on regional projects. Currently, she serves as the president of NYU’s joint ITE and ITS Student Chapter, through which she has organized various company visits, tech talks, women in transportation events and the 2019 ITE Northeastern District Traffic Bowl.

 
 

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2017 Scholarship recipients at Annual Gala:  Danielle Drake, Trilce Encarnacion, Samantha LoVerme, Eduarda Aun, Mary K Murphy, Lucia De La Mora Colunga, Polina Knaster, Keri Cibelli, Roma Parikh, Tracey Slochover

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