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Scholarships

To encourage women pursuing careers in transportation, the WTS Heart of Texas (HOT) Chapter located in Austin, Texas is awarding three (3) scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to young women in their senior year of high school to be used for college or trade school.  Through this scholarship, WTS aims to support young women who show a strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) related fields that may lead to a future career in a transportation-related field.     

Available Scholarships: >DUE April 1, 2019

  • Friends of WTS Scholarship Application
  • Friends of WTS Scholarship FAQ

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

A panel of judges will review all completed applications received by April 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

 

APPLICATION MUST BE SENT IN VIA EMAIL TO: scholarship@wtshotchapter.org    

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Recipients are selected based on their interest in STEM related fields, academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.  To be eligible for the Friends of WTS Scholarship: Promoting Young Women in Transportation, the applicant must:

  • Be a female senior in high school in the Central Texas area
  • Be on track to graduate in Spring or Summer 2019
  • Plan to attend a trade school, college or university in the 2019-2020 academic school year
  • Show a strong level of commitment to and participation in a Transportation or STEM related career field
  • Demonstrate leadership
  • Demonstrate financial need

 

Questions about the scholarship materials or the application process?

Please contact the Heart of Texas Scholarship Chairs at:

Shadi Hakimi: Shadi.Hakimi@atkinsglobal.com;  512-342-3398 

Adeliza Ramirez: Adeliza.Ramirez@txdot.gov; 512-689-2283

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Congratulations to Our 2017-2018 Scholarship Winners

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship

SarehSareh Kouchaki, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Sarehis a Ph.D. Candidate in the UT Austin Infrastructure and Materials Engineering program and the current Vice President of the UT WTS Chapter. Originally from Iran, Sarehhopes to go back to her home county to help advance female representation in transportation infrastructure engineering.

 

 

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Leadership Legacy Scholarship

NataliaNatalia Zuniga-Garcia, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Natalia is originally from Costa Rica but her passion for infrastructure and traffic management brought her to UT as a Transportation Engineering graduate student and the current WTS UT Chapter president. Natalia has been described as being a “true leader” who has “exceeded all expectations” and “stands out in a crowd”.

In addition to being selected for our local chapter recipient, Natalia was also selected as this year’s WTS International’s recipient for this scholarship.

 

 

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

Gretchen
Gretchen Bella, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 

Gretchen is a junior and the founder or the Women in Civil Engineering program at UT. By launching this program Gretchen has provided study groups as well as career and education outreach which has helped retain students and provide a lasting impact similar to that of Sharon Banks.

 

 
 
 
 
 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Moltoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates 

ChristineChristine Cheng, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Christine is a senior who is not only in the Civil Engineering Honors program but also conducts managed lane research, has interned with multiple engineering companies and volunteers as a youth ministry intern. She plans to pursue her MS in transportation engineering next year.

 

 

 
 
 
 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Transportation YOU High School Scholarship 

CarlyCarly Smith, Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, Texas
Carly has been an active member of robotics and science teams, has a passion for high-speed transit and was described by her science teacher as “one of the most impressive science and engineering students”. She plans to major in mechanical engineering in college next year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

JessicaJessica Rodriguez-Nino, Bowie High School, Austin, Texas
Jessica is a member of Bowie’s cross country and track team and a past participate of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program. She hopes to change the world with the technology she plans to develop and will major in Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M University next year.

 

 

 

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by SAM, Inc.

AnnaAnna Poterek, Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, Texas
Anna is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and the Defensive MVP for women's soccer in District 5A of AISD. She plans to study Civil and Environmental Engineering in the fall, and wants to work in research and development of renewable energy technology in transportation.

 

 

 

 

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by BGE, Inc.

SaraSara Millan, Lake Travis High School, Austin, Texas
As a child of parents from the U.S. and Spain, Sara has spent much of her life in the air and discovered an interest in airplanes and airline systems. Miss Millan has decided to pursue a career in Aeronautical Engineering and plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall.

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our past winners!

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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