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WTS Scholarship Program


APPLICATIONS DUE DECEMBER 6, 2018!

 

 

Founded in 1977, the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) was created through the efforts of 40 women involved in transportation in the Washington, DC, area who recognized that a mechanism was needed to enhance professional and personal advancement and to develop industry and government recognition of the increasing involvement of women in the field of transportation. WTS is now an international organization of more than 4,000 transportation professionals - both women and men - with 45 chapters representing cities and states in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

 

WTS's vision is "Transforming the transportation industry through the advancement of women." To facilitate that goal, the next generation of leaders must be fostered and supported in their pursuits. Our Scholarship Program is one way that we demonstrate this support.

 The WTS Hampton Roads Chapter (HRC), on behalf of WTS Foundation, is pleased to present the 2018-2019 WTS Scholarship Application information. The scholarship program has six available scholarships this year:

In addition to the above WTS International Scholarships, the WTS Hampton Roads Chapter will be reviewing all scholarship applications to also award local chapter scholarships generally in amounts between $500 and $1000. The number and amount of local chapter scholarships awards will be based annually on available scholarship funds and quality of applications.

Applications can be downloaded by clicking on the above links and printing each application. Please return the appropriate completed application (for each of the relevant scholarship programs listed above that you wish to apply) and all required documentation no later than December 6, 2018 to:

ATTN: Emily Seay - WTS HRC Scholarship Chair
  AECOM
  440 Monticello Ave #1500
  Norfolk, VA 23510

If you have any questions concerning the applications or materials, please do not hesitate to contact the WTS HRC Scholarship Chair directly at emily.seay@aecom.com. We look forward to receiving your application!

WTS HRC 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Gulsevi Basar - Helen M. Overly Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Basar will graduate from Old Dominion University this August with a Ph.D. in Network Modeling and Simulation/Travel Behavior. In her work with the Transportation Research Institute, she has designed preference surveys for tolling, explored vehicle re-identification models based on optimization and machine learning techniques, developed and analyzed a traffic micro-simulation model to test different scenarios under auction tolling, and applied discrete choice modelling framework on electric vehicle purchase decision-making. Her dissertation is titled “Descending Price Auction Tolling under Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Environment.” She is the co-founder of the Transportation Engineering Students Organization. She has also been involved in Old Dominion University’s International Student Advisory Board. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in transportation demand planning.

Jordan Olson - Helen M. Overly Graduate Student Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Olson will graduate from Old Dominion University with a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering in December of 2019. She plans to complete her master’s research project on retrofitting cracked or damaged structural concrete components, with the goal of extending their lifespan. She is an active member of our WTS Hampton Roads chapter where she helps maintain our website. She is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers where she serves as the Public Relations Chair for the Norfolk Branch. She is an intern at Michael Baker International where she has worked on bridge inspections, bridge ratings, and inspection reports.

Emma DeLosReyes - WTS Junior College/Trade School Scholarship Ricipient

Ms. DeLosReyes will graduate from Tidewater Community College in December of 2020 with an Associates in General Engineering. She has an impressive 4.0 GPA. She is a member of the TCC Engineering Club where she has promoted STEM at community events such as the NAS Oceana Air Show. She is also a student government senator, student ambassador and STEM Promise Scholarship recipient and cohort. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a degree in civil engineering.

Katherine Synowiec - WTS Junior College/Trade School Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Synowiec will graduate from Tidewater Community College in May of 2019 with an Associates in General Engineering. She has an impressive 4.0 GPA. She is a member of the TCC Engineering Club where she collaborated to build a robot course structure for the 20th Annual ASEE Design Competition and NAS Oceana Air Show. She is also a participant in the TCC Women Inspiring Self-Empowerment (WISE) Leadership Development Program. Following graduation, she hopes to transfer to Old Dominion University to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Kaylee Keegan - Transportation YOU High School Student Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Keegan attends Grassfield High School in Chesapeake, VA where she is enrolled in the Governor’s STEM Academy engineering pathway. She has a remarkable 4.46 GPA. She has been a member of the Pre-Engineering Academy Partnership Team where she serves with industry experts. She volunteers with the Girl Scouts of America where she is Team CEO of the Girl Scout Underwater Robotics MATE team. Last summer, she has an engineering internship with Lockheed Martin and Adaptive Aerospace Group, Inc. Following graduation, she hopes to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Marciana Castillo - Transportation YOU High School Student Scholarship Recipient

Ms. Castillo is a student at Norview High School in Chesapeake, VA where she is enrolled in the Leadership Center for Sciences and Engineering (LCSE). She has an impressive 4.48 GPA. She is involved in many student organizations including Scholastic Bowl, Student Council, Varsity Cross Country, LCSE Advisory Council, Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, Varsity Tennis, National Honor Society and Varsity Field Hockey. She attended Camp Neuro, a summer program at Virginia Commonwealth University for students interested in careers in neurology and medicine. In college, she would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and hopes to one day attend medical school.  

 

WTS HRC 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Helen M. Overly Graduate Student Scholarship -  Megan McNeill Oleynik