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Meet Our 2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients

Donna W. Allan Undergraduate Scholarship

Ella Rasp

Ella is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, where she is majoring in Urban Studies. Ella is very interested in the Twin Cities’ transportation system, and has already begun preparing for a career in transportation through her volunteer roles with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition, the University Avenue for Everyone Campaign—a grassroots organization building support for a protected bikeway near the University of Minnesota campus—and her recent internship in the Blue Line Extension LRT Project Office with Metro Transit. 


WTS Minnesota Graduate Scholarship

Maria Wardoku

Maria is a graduate student in Urban and Regional Planning at the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota, where she has designed her own concentration focused on active living. In addition to her coursework, Maria has dedicated herself to diversifying her transportation experiences by interviewing suburban community leaders, public officials, and developers to uncover their barriers to building housing that promotes equity and active transportation as part of her graduate assistantship, interning in the transportation planning group at Kimley-Horn, serving on the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition board, and leading an interdisciplinary student consulting group.


Katherine F. Turnbull Leadership Award

Claire Warren

As a senior at the University of Minnesota majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Claire is passionate about energy efficiency and sustainability in the transportation sector. She has been applying her skills in her position as a Sustainability Engineering Intern at Metro Transit since 2014, and in 2015 traveled to Bangelore, India to further her education regarding sustainable development in waste, water treatment, energy, transportation, and health care in India.


WTS MN High School Scholarships

Sini Adams

Sini is a senior at Wellstone International High School and will attend the College of Saint Catherine in Saint Paul next year. Sini is a conscientious student and is dedicated to her academic career, as well as to her extracurricular activities such as the Outdoor Science Club, Oromo Club Association, and the Wellstone Soccer Team. Sini also works part time as a cashier. She is interested in transportation as it has shaped her life in everything from her love of travel to her family’s business.

Fardosa Osman

Fardosa is a senior at Wellstone International High School and will attend Normandale Community College in Bloomington next year where she intends to study business management. Fardosa is a proactive and determined student dedicated to her studies and pursuit of her education and career goals. She is interested in transportation and recognizes it as essential to individuals, businesses, and national economies.

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