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WTS Northeast Ohio is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships to qualified female students interested in pursuing careers in transportation. See links to to the right to download current scholarship applications. 

Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. Boasting more than 8,000 members--both women and men--WTS is helping women find opportunity and recognition in the transportation industry.  Through its professional activities, networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to industry and government leaders, WTS is turning the glass ceiling into a career portal.

Through the generosity of thousands of WTS members and supporters, the international organization has provided over $2,000,000 in scholarships to deserving women throughout the transportation industry.

Our Northeast Ohio WTS chapter offers three local (Ohio-based) scholarships.  The local winners' applications are then sent to the WTS Foundation to compete for the national-level scholarship.

  •          Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship (Undergraduate)

o   Local Award - $1,500, National Award - $5,000

  •          Molitoris Leadership Scholarship (Undergraduate)

o   Local Award - $1,500, National Award - $5,000

  •         Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship (Graduate)

     o   Local Award - $1,000, National Award - $10,000

  •         Minimum Criteria:

     o   Must be female

     o   GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

     o  Ohio resident OR currently enrolled in an Ohio college            or university

     o  Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate                  degree program in a transportation-related field such as          engineering, construction management, aviation,                    planning, finance, public policy or logistics

     o  Plans to pursue a career in transportation

Additional information can be found in the enclosed application packet.  


If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please e-mail Jacob Wroten at jacob.wroten@hdrinc.com.  


WTS Northeast Ohio 2018 Scholarship Winners:

Shelby Roberts
Banks Scholarship

Shelby is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University.  When she graduates in 2019, she plans to jump right into the field of transportation utilizing the work experience she has gained through her 4 co-ops in both the public and private sector.  Her reference said that Shelby has challenged herself by working at several different companies, excelling at her duties and brings a strong work ethic.  While at Cleveland State she has also found time to start a Fenn Fellowship pilot program to mentor students who participate in co-ops.   

Ilana Sadholz
Banks Scholarship

Ilana is working on her Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in city and regional planning at Ohio State University.  When she graduates in 2019, she plans to work as a transportation engineer.  Ilana is currently developing leadership abilities by working as a teaching assistant and as an engineering ambassador at Ohio State.  At her internship last year, she impressed clients with her professionalism, her intelligence, the quality of her work along with her positive attitude.

Ruth Klee
Overly Scholarship

Ruth is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Akron.  After completing her degree in the fall of this year, she plans to continue her 20 plus year career in the transportation industry at OHM Advisors.  Ruth is passionate about preparing the next generation of transportation engineers through mentoring. 


Scholarship Chair Jacob Wroten with 2018 Overly Scholarship Winner Ruth Klee


Helen Overly Memorial Scholarship Application - Graduate Student Application:

Sharon Banks Scholarship Application - Undergraudate Student Application

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship Application - Undergraduate Student Application

Applications and all required attachments must be received no later than November 15, 2019 


Applications and all required attachments can be submitted via mail or email to:

Jacob Wroten – Scholarship Chair

c/o HDR Engineering

1100 Superior Ave, Suite 650

Cleveland, Ohio 44114

E-mail: jacob.wroten@hdrinc.com

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