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The WTS Heart of Texas Chapter is currently offering the following scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year:

The WTS Heart of Texas Chapter has completed reviews of the following scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year:

  • Transportation YOU High School Scholarship - $500
  • WTS Junior College Scholarship - $500
  • Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship Application (Graduate Level) - $3,000
  • WTS Leadership Legacy Scholarship Application (Graduate Level) - $3,000
  • Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship Application (Undergraduate Level) - $1,500
  • Molitoris Leadership Scholarship Application (Undergraduate Level) - $1,500


Questions about the scholarship materials or the application process? 

Please contact Laura Friello, Heart of Texas Scholarship Chair, at 512-328-5771 or scholarship@wtshotchapter.org.
Congratulations to Our 2014-2015 Scholarship Winners

WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship

Trendler_JodyJody Trendler, University of Texas at Austin  Jody is a Master’s student in the Community and Regional Planning program at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, with a specialization in land use and transportation, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. As a Graduate Assistant Researcher in the Public Engagement Planning Department of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, she focuses on best practices in public engagement for transportation planning and policy. Her interests also include bicycle and pedestrian planning, urban agriculture, resource management, and environmental planning. Jody is currently (2014-2015) the president of the WTS Heart of Texas Student Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin, and helped the student chapter achieve ratification from WTS International in 2014. She is also a member of the American Planning Association.



WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Leadership Legacy Scholarship

Choubassi_CarineCarine Choubassi, University of Texas at Austin  Carine is currently a Master’s student in the Transportation Engineering program and a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Texas at Austin. Carine’s work has so far focused on freight data management, identifying gaps in public freight databases, and exploring the use of big data in logistics management. Driven by her passion for bicycle/pedestrian planning, her current work explores the use of cargo bikes as a solution to the last-mile problem of freight and its applicability in different urban contexts. After her anticipated graduation in May 2015, Carine plans on gaining some experience in the field of transportation planning, with a focus on sustainable modes, in an attempt to get her PE in the years to follow.During her first year at UT-Austin, Carine was introduced to the WTS-HOT chapter and became greatly involved in its activities. She is currently the Vice President of the WTS-HOT UT Student Chapter and an active member in the Institute of Transportation Engineers as well as ITS America.


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

Nadira_SandraSandra Nadira, University of Texas at Austin Sandra Nadira was always intrigued by transportation methods as she grew up in her hometown of Houston. Driven by curiosity, she chose to study Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where she discovered her passion for transportation. She completed an internship where she learned about drainage requirements on major highways, and plans to continue working closely with a transportation team in the private sector on such projects after her graduation in May of 2015. After a few years in the field, Sandra plans on returning to college to pursue a graduate degree in the transportation field.
When she is not dedicating her time to learning about transportation, Sandra likes to play the guitar, travel, and volunteer with environmental clubs. Sandra is excited to contribute to the engineering field, not only as a transportation engineer, but also as a woman. She is eager to help close the gap between men and women in the engineering field.


WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

Lee_LeticiaLeticia Lee, University of Texas at Austin Leticia is currently a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science and a certificate in the History of Misinformation. As someone who has grown up in one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, she knows the importance of efficient transportation and sustainable urban planning. She hopes to write her Environmental Science research thesis on the concept of New Urbanism and alternative transportation. Leticia would like to combine her passion for efficient transportation and sustainable urban planning by continuing her education in graduate school for urban planning, with a focus on traffic issues in rapidly growing areas. In her free time, Leticia loves to read memoirs and autobiographies.



WTS Heart of Texas Chapter Gorrondona Scholarship: Promoting Young Women in Transportation

Bsaibes_AmandaAmanda Bsaibes, McNeIl High School, Austin  Amanda, a senior at McNeil High School in Austin, Texas, is attending Texas A&M in the fall as a part of the honors program to study civil engineering. She is focusing on the structural aspects of civil and intends to use her degree to develop third-world countries. Amanda is in the top 2% of her graduating class, co-president of the National Honor Society, and captain of the Varsity tennis team. She is a part of the Round Rock ISD Steering Committee, which assists architects in the remodeling of McNeil. Outside of school, Amanda enjoys playing tennis and doing puzzles.





Foley_ZoeyZoey Foley, Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School, Austin  Zoey is a senior at LASA in Austin, TX.  In high school, she heightened her interest in engineering by taking challenging courses, attending a week-intensive engineering camp at the University of Texas, Austin, and working at a children's introduction to engineering camp.  In 2013, Zoey was an exchange student in Akita, Japan and marveled at the importance of engineering in transportation, such as the high-speed train system.  Zoey is the President of the LASA National Honor Society and member of her school's Science Olympiad team.  Zoey plans to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the fall and major in engineering.




Martinez_MonicaMonica Martinez, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Austin Monica Martinez is a senior at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, TX.  After much exposure to the sciences, it became a goal of hers to peruse a career in the medical field.  In her freshman year, Monica participated in the Great Debate hosted by the National Hispanic Institute, where she won first place in the state of Texas.  Monica interned at the Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Texas during her junior year of high school and later received the Trustee Award, known as the highest award given by the Ann Richards School concerning a student’s academic achievement.  Monica has received a series of Honors ranging from Excellence in Biomedical Science to Excellence in Environmental Science.  She aspires to become a pediatrician that dedicates to the life of service and provides affordable health care to those that need it.



Ruiz_DianaDiana Ruiz Trujeque, Travis High School, Austin Diana Ruiz Trujeque currently attends Travis High school in Austin, Texas.  As a senior she holds second place in her class and is flourishing in AP Studio Art.  She is taking two of her art piece to state for the Visual Art Scholastic Event competition.  Not only has she attained high academic achievements and participated in an internship to study nanoparticles at University of Texas in Austin, but she is also the President of the National Honors Society and plans to obtain her medical career.  Diana’s ultimate goal and aspiration is to become a leader and bring a higher quality of medical care and life to her patients through pursuing nursing and becoming a leader as a CEO. Diana has been accepted to University of Texas in Austin and hopes to gain admission into the school of nursing to further proceed in her goal.




Congratulations to our past winners!


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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