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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 2018 Scholarship Recipients

TransitCenter Transit Policy Innovator Graduate Scholarship

Jessica Murray is a doctoral student in developmental psychology at The Graduate Center, CUNY and a graduate fellow with the Futures Initiative. She co-chairs a cross-campus group called the CUNY Disability Scholars and manages its communications and website. Her dissertation project is “Our Mobility–a research study designed to learn more about individual differences in mobility in New York City (OurMobility.org).” She received a BFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and worked as a creative professional for nearly 10 years before returning to school. Her master’s thesis at The Graduate Center (2014) was entitled, “Work-Life Experiences for People with Mobility Disabilities Living in New York City,” and examined the structural and environmental issues for these individuals. As her research has progressed, Murray has expanded this topic to better understand the barriers that impact those with all types of disabilities. She has been active in advocating for accessibility improvements to New York City Transit’s system and plans to continue working toward this goal after completing her degree

Leonard Braun Memorial Scholarship

Anna Stokes, AICP, is both a full-time student pursuing a Master of Science in Urban Planning program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, as well as a part-time Transportation Planner II at the multidisciplinary consulting firm Milone & MacBroom. An experienced professional, Stokes earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, with minors in Urban Planning and Music Performance, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. She has worked in the transportation industry ever since. Her professional experience has encompassed roles across the public, non-profit, and private sectors concentrating on the implementation of sustainable and active transportation projects from Maine to Georgia. In graduate school, Stokes has built on her professional foundation by focusing on urban analytics and urban resilience, subjects she believes necessary to develop and design responsive and equitable transportation systems. Upon graduation, Stokes plans to undertake roles in both professional practice and academia, as she feels that transportation planning field could be elevated further through a greater collaboration between these worlds.

* WTS-GNY would like to thank the University Transportation Research Center for once again making a $1,000 donation to the Leonard Braun Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Susan Miszkowicz Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

Emily Raque is in her senior year at Stevens Institute of Technology, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering. She participates in a co-op program that allows her to gain work experience, while completing her eight semesters of undergraduate study during five calendar years. Through the program, Raque has had the opportunity to work for Granite Construction, where she served as a field engineer on the World Trade Center PATH Hall project. She also had the opportunity to work for two different departments at Stantec, including 10 months with its transportation unit. During that time, she had the opportunity to use HCS, Synchro, and SimTraffic to analyze traffic conditions at several locations in New York City, New York state and Connecticut. She also performed an independent summer internship with NASA. On campus she served two years as K-12 outreach chair for the Stevens chapter of Society of Women Engineers. When she graduates, Raque plans to continue in the transportation field and hopes her work will have a positive impact on the lives of others.

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

Hio Kuan “Elsa” Kong is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, with a minor in Construction Management, at New York University. Last summer, she worked on a research topic entitled, “Monitoring Bus Arrivals for Headway Control Strategies,” at the NYU Department of Civil and Urban Engineering. She used the Python code to extract the real-time bus data and created cumulative diagrams to monitor the bus arrivals. She also used the QGIS to visualize the real-time data on the map. This research piqued her interest in transportation. She joined as one of the E-board members in the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) and Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) at NYU. This summer, she served as an intern at a construction firm.

Susan L. Kupferman Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

Huan Ying Zhang will be an upcoming Civil Engineering transfer student at New York University’s Tandon School. Previously at City College of New York, she worked alongside Dr. Alison Conway as a research assistant, where she served as a field data collector for freight transportation of the Clear Curb and Clear Lane enforcement. This summer, she was an intern at NYS Department of Transportation Region 11 in the Traffic and Safety Mobility Group. During her internship, Zhang participated tin design of expressway signs through MicroStation GuildSIGN; analyzed quality control of Traffic Ball Banking Reports for 24 highways; and assessed field inspections.

Junior College/Trade School Scholarship

Tyra Brown grew up in Jamaica, West Indies. She graduated from the Convent of Mercy Academy “Alpha” High School in June 2015. Brown immigrated to the United States in August 2017. In January 2018, she enrolled at Vaughn College, where she is currently a freshman studying Airport Management and Air Traffic Control. Brown’s career goal is to become an air control specialist and to work at one of the nation’s major airports.

Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

Savita Angira is an Engineering major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and intends to pursue Civil Engineering. During high school, she was a member of the Coding Club, Speech & Debate Club, and Science Research Program, and served as president of Science Olympiad, Key Club, and the National Honor Society. These activities helped her to discover and develop a passion for innovation, as well as leadership. Outside of school, Angira participated in several different programs, including: Canstruction, where she directed and assisted her team in building a large structure using cans of food; Pioneer Academics, where she researched the effects of science and technology in modern society; and the National Grid Engineering Pipeline Program, which has educated her about the importance of engineers and allowed her to gain exposure to the engineering industry. Meanwhile, her love of community service and academic excellence has garnered her many honors and awards, including the Presidential Volunteer Service Award; the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Award; and the Senator Kemp Hannon Youth “Community" Leadership Award.

Leadership Legacy Award

Sofia Perez-Guzman is a second year Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 2017, she earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad del Valle in Colombia. Currently, she is a research assistant at the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation and the Environment CITE. Her ongoing research includes: the assessment of feasibility of sustainable last-leg delivery systems for a project with NYS Energy Research and Development Authority; the assessment of impacts of emerging market and technological trends for freight-efficient land uses, as part of the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Freight Research Program and a Department of Energy project; and conducting research on humanitarian logistics, specifically on more effective ways to conduct post-disaster humanitarian logistics. In addition, Perez-Guzman, co-chaired the organization of the 2018 VREF Advanced Studies Institute on Sustainable Urban Freight Systems held in August 2018 at Rensselaer. Currently, she is the Communications chair for the WTS Rensselaer Student Chapter. Perez-Guzman plans to continue to have a positive impact on society and transportation improvements.

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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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