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Scholarships

To encourage women pursuing careers in transportation, the Heart of Texas (HOT) Chapter of WTS awards up to six local scholarships to graduate, undergraduate, community college, and high school students. These scholarships have been made possible through generous contributions from our corporate members.

Available Scholarships: DUE DECEMBER 1, 2019:

 

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!

The HOT Chapter scholarship recipients will be entered into the WTS International scholarship application pool for additional scholarship awards. For more information, visit WTSI’s scholarship homepage https://www.wtsinternational.org/education/scholarships/.

 

Eligible Colleges/Universities for Heart of Texas Chapter Scholarships

Any College, University or Trade School in the Central Texas area, including but not limited to:

The University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, Southwestern University, Texas State Technical College – Waco, Texas State University, Abilene Christian University, McLennan Community College, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Austin Community College, Central Texas College, Concordia University of Texas, St. Edwards University, Virginia College – Austin, Angelo State University, Huston-Tillotson University, Temple College, National American University – Austin, South University – Austin, Strayer University – Texas, Texas A&M University – Central Texas

 

Questions about the scholarship materials or the application process?

Please contact the Heart of Texas Scholarship Chair at scholarship@wtshotchapter.org or by phone:

Adeliza Ramirez at 512-689-2283
 

 

 

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Scholarship Winners

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Helen M. Overly Memorial Scholarship

Cheng

Christine Cheng, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Christine is a Transportation Engineering Master’s student at the University of Texas at Austin and previously earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering Honors there during which she also won the WTS Moltoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates. Christine is currently conducting research with the City of Austin to develop a data-centric methodology for prioritizing their annual traffic signal retiming efforts and identifying appropriate performance metrics. She currently serves as the Vice President of Graduate Affairs for UT’s WTS chapter and enjoys coordinating social, professional, and outreach events for graduate and undergraduate members. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family, serving with her local church, cycling, and playing frisbee in the unpredictable Austin weather.

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Maggie Walsh Leadership Legacy Scholarship

Posner

Olivia Posner, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Olivia is a second-year graduate student in the Community and Regional Planning (CRP) department at the University of Texas’s School of Architecture. In Austin, she has supported the US DOT funded University Transportation Center (UTC), which coordinates research on regional transportation across UT and partner institutions amongst planners, architects, and engineers. She has also worked to research the future of Austin’s public transportation in the Office of the Mayor. She is interested in building a career that situates her within the intersections of transportation, urban design and planning, technology, and affordability so that she can work with stakeholders that anticipate the future of our cities with forethought.

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

Wilkins

Devin Wilkins, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Devin is a senior at the University of Texas pursuing simultaneous degrees in Civil Engineering (Honors) and Studio Art.  She has been a part of several research projects at the University of Texas as well as at the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago. Her career interests are in the field of public transit planning. She plans to pursue graduate studies in transportation engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Molitoris Leadership Scholarship Award

Visconti

Mary Visconti, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Mary is a sophomore, Civil Engineering major, with a concentration in transportation.  WTS was introduced to her as a junior in high school when she was brought to a Leadership & Lattes meeting by a coworker at her first civil engineering internship.  She enjoyed attending these meetings so much, she now makes a great effort to be as active in WTS as possible. During school breaks, she attends WTS HOT events in her hometown of Austin, TX.  She also volunteers for the annual Scholarship & Awards Gala.

Mary has interned at the City of Austin, TxDOT, and at private civil engineering firms.

WTS has been a crucial influence in how she has developed her career path. By witnessing the members achievements and leadership capabilities, she is able to envision her own, as being a future innovator in transportation.

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

Corson

Madison Corson, Cedar Park High School, Cedar Park, TX

Madison has always had a passion for math and science. Through observing her mom’s work on transportation projects over the past few years, she has become interested in engineering and the wide variety of projects that contribute to society. With a goal to serve others, this is something she aspires to do in her career. Madison will be attending Texas A&M University where she has been accepted into the Honors Engineering program and plans to study civil engineering.

 

 

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by WSP

Nolan

Erin Nolan, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Austin, TX

Erin Nolan is a senior at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and is an Engineering pathway student. Outside of school she participated in the ACE mentorship program for three years. This program gives teams a challenge to virtually construct a building in a different country, but they must overcome obstacles that are a part of the challenge. It was in this program that Erin found her passion for engineering and architecture. She will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall, pursuing a dual degree in Architecture and Architectural Engineering.

 

 

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by SAM

Manasa

Manasa Sudunagunta, Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, TX      

Manasa is a National Merit Finalist and an active competitor on the LASA Science Olympiad Team. She will be majoring in Earth Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She plans on working in the energy industry, which greatly affects transportation, and its effects on climate. She has previously completed research in Analytical Chemistry and Geophysics. However, she finds that her most valuable experience has been her internship at the UT Institute for Geophysics.


 

 

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by Garver

Bryars

Riley Bryars, Vandegrift High School, Leander, TX

Riley will be starting her freshman year at Clemson University in the fall and majoring in engineering. Riley is proud to be the founder and president of the Women In S.T.E.M. club at school and is also a member of the PALS mentoring and serving organization. She volunteers to serve the community in ways such as the Playground Project, a project she started with a teacher to build a playground for a local preschool or being a dance buddy to a special needs student. Riley says she is so grateful for the opportunity that the WTS Heart of Texas chapter has given her to pursue an education in an area she loves.

 

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by Pape-Dawson

Hernandez

Olga Hernandez, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Austin, TX

Olga Hernandez is a current senior at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.  Her passion for engineering started at a young age as she has been raised around an environment where there were no restrictions and she could let her creativity flow.  She will be attending Texas State University where she will be double majoring in Construction Science and Civil Engineering. She hopes to serve as a positive figure for younger girls who are looking into majoring in the engineering field. Overall, her goal is to decrease the inequality between male and female in the engineering field and serve as a role model for everyone.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Congratulations to our past winners!

2017-2018

  • Natalia Zuniga-Garcia -- Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates
  • Sareh Kouchaki -- Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Gretchen Bella -- Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Christine Cheng -- Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates 
  • Carly Smith -- Transportation YOU High School Scholarship
  • Jessica Rodriguez-Nino -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by Gorrondona
  • Anna Poterek -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by SAM, Inc.
  • Sara Millan -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by BGE, Inc.
2016-2017
  • Meg Mulhall -- Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates
  • Disha Sahu -- Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Anna Wittenmyer -- Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Sarah Smith -- Transportation YOU High School Scholarship
  • Lauryn Altena -- Moltoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates 
  • Erin Teal -- Transportation YOU High School Scholarship
2015-2016
  • Moggan Motamed -- Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates
  • Rachel James -- Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Sarah Smith -- Transportation YOU High School Scholarship
  • Abby Clayboss -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Gorrondona Scholarship: Promoting Young Women in Transportation
  • Ali Devany -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Gorrondona Scholarship: Promoting Young Women in Transportation
  • Alicia Lenci -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Gorrondona Scholarship: Promoting Young Women in Transportation
  • Lucy Saucedo -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Gorrondona Scholarship: Promoting Young Women in Transportation
2014-2015
  • Carine Choubassi -- Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates
  • Jody Trendler-- Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Sandra Nadira-- Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Leticia Lee - - Moltoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates
  • Amanda Bsaibes -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Gorrondona Scholarship: Promoting Young Women in Transportation
  • Zoey Foley -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Gorrondona Scholarship: Promoting Young Women in Transportation
  • Monica Martinez -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Gorrondona Scholarship: Promoting Young Women in Transportation
  • Diana Ruiz Trujeque -- WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Gorrondona Scholarship: Promoting Young Women in Transportation

2013

  • Adrian Lipscombe--Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates
  • Meredith Cebelak--Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Lia Martinez de Armendariz--Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Kathryn Bickley--Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

2012

  • Marisol Castro--Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates
  • Donna Chen--Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Alexis Clark--Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates
  • Jaclyn Smith--Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Priyanka Kansal--Community College/Technical/Trade School Scholarship
  • Stephanie Martinez-Arndt--Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

2011

  • Katherine Kortum--Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates
  • Yiyi Wang--Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Kaisha Plambeck--Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

2010

  • Pierrette Crisp--Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates
  • Katherine Larsen--Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Melissa Duell--Ann Irwin Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates
  • Stephanie Duell--Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

2009

  • Ana Davila--Ann Irwin Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates
  • Sehin Faris--Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Lauren Gardner--Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Katherine Kortum--Elaine Dezenski – President’s Legacy Scholarship

2008

  • Alison Mills--Ann Irwin Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates
  • Sabina Mora--Elaine Dezenski – President’s Legacy Scholarship
  • Ipek Sener--Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Charlotte Whitehead--Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

2007

  • Bin (Brenda) Zhou--Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  • Jennifer Duthie--Ann Koby – President’s Legacy Scholarship
  • Charlotte Whitehead--Ann Irwin Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates
  • Silvia Ruiz--Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

2005

  • Rachael Stensrud--Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates
  • Lindsay Liggett--Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Xiaokun Wang--Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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