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Scholarships

 

 

WTS is committed to advancing the careers of women in transportation through education and professional development.

Below are the scholarship offerings this year:

  1. Undergraduate - Molitoris Scholarship
  2. Undergradate - Sharon D. Banks Scholarship
  3. Graduate - Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
  4. Graduate - Leadership Legacy Scholarship
  5. Jr. College Trade School Scholarship
  6. High School Seniors - Transportation YOU Scholarship

Scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record, and transportation-related activities or job skills. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted through the local Houston chapter as typed word documents.

2019-2020 Scholarship Application Deadline is November 15th, 2019.

 


 

Scholarship Overview:

To encourage women pursuing careers in transportation, the Houston Chapter of WTS will award four local scholarships. One $7,000 to a graduate student, one $6,000 to an undergraduate student, one $3,500 to a community college/technical/trade school student, and one $3,500 to a high school student.  These scholarships have been made possible through generous contributions from our corporate members and our silent auction held at the Annual Scholarship & Awards Event and past golf tournaments.

Every year, 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, emergency response and logistics.  Any students that may be eligible for the scholarships should apply!

All chapters forward their local scholarship winners to WTS International, which awards greater scholarship amounts in addition to the local award.  WTS International has six scholarships:  the Helene M. Overly Graduate Scholarship for $10,000; the President’s Legacy Scholarship for Graduates for $5,000; the Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship for $5,000; the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates for $5,000; the Community College/Technical/Trade School Scholarship for $2,500; and the Transportation YOU High School Scholarship for $2,500.  The local and international scholarships are based on the same criteria in order to maximize the chances that the applicant can also win the international scholarship award. Eligible students should submit an application to the local chapter, and one nominee will be forwarded to WTS International.  The four local WTS scholarships are:

Houston Chapter - Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship

Encourages women to pursue career paths in transportation. This $7,000 scholarship is awarded to women pursuing graduate studies in transportation or a related field. 

Houston Chapter - Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship

Fosters the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals to undertake careers in transportation. This award is for $6,000

Houston Chapter - Community College/Technical/Trade School Scholarship

Fosters the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals to undertake careers in transportation. This award is for $3,500

Houston Chapter - Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

Fosters the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals and students to undertake careers in transportation. This award is for $3,500.

      Graduate students may also apply for the WTS National:  Maggie Walsh Leadership Legacy Scholarship

      Undergraduate students may also apply for the WTS National:   Molitoris_Leadership Scholarship

 

2018-2019 Houston Chapter Scholarship Winners

Houston Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship: Farinoush Sharifi – Texas A&M University

Houston Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship: Samantha Vail - Texas A&M University

Houston Transportation YOU Scholarship: Nicole Mut - Mirabeau B. Lamar High School; Madeline Demny - Magnolia High School


2017-2018 Houston Chapter Scholarship Winners

Houston Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship: Sirajum Munira – Texas A&M University

Houston Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship: Jesica Rubio - Texas A&M University

Houston Transportation YOU Scholarship: Jasmine Huang - Bellaire Senior High School


2016-2017 Houston Chapter Scholarship Winners

Helene M. Overly Graduate Scholarship: Nelida Herrera – Louisiana State University

Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship: Rikki Vela - Texas A&M University

Transportation YOU Scholarship: Paula Villagrano-Ocasio - YES Prep West

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship
Lorena Garcia CucalonTexas A&M UniversitySharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship
Kaitlynn SimmonsTexas A&M University 


2015 Houston Chapter Scholarship Winners

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship: Qing Li - Texas Southern University

Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship:  Julia Ross – University of Louisiana at Lafayette


2014 Houston Chapter Scholarship Winners

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship: Lorena Garcia Cucalon - Texas A&M University

Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship: Kaitlynn Simmons - Texas A&M University


2013 Houston Chapter Scholarship Winners

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship: Grace Arthur - Texas Southern University

Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship: Rebecca Jensen - University of New Orleans


2012 Houston Chapter Scholarship Winners

 Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship: Lisa Larsen - Texas A&M University

Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship: Anamaria Torres - Louisiana Tech University


2011 Houston Chapter Scholarship Winners

 Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship:Sara Land - Texas Southern University

Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship: Lorri Taylor - Texas A&M University - Galveston


2010 Houston Chapter Scholarship Winners

 Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship: Meredith Epley - Rice University

Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship: Morgan Dyer - Louisiana Tech University


 


Eligible Colleges/Universities for Houston Chapter Scholarships

Del Mar College, Houston Community College, Lamar University, Lee College, Prairie View A&M University, Rice University, San Jacinto College, South Texas College, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M International University - Laredo, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University - Galveston, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Texas Southern University, The Victoria College, University of Houston,  University of St. Thomas, University of Texas – Pan American and Wharton County Junior College

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