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WTS Philadelphia Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to this year's scholarship award winners!  The Philadelphia Chapter of WTS awarded $17,000 in scholarship money to well-deserving young women.

  • TransportationYOU High School Scholarship Winners:
    • Sruthi Srinivasan, Washington Township High School
    • Emma Majercak, Radnor High School
  • Suzanne Axworthy Undergraduate Scholarship Winners:
    • Lenora Dieyi, Drexel University
    • Danielle Schroeder, Drexel University
  • Carmen E. Turner Graduate Scholarship Winners:
    • Rachel Chiquoine, University of Delaware
    • Carrie Sauer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sylvia Alston Graduate Scholarship Winner:
    • Mariel Kirschen, University of Pennsylvania

Selected Philadelphia scholarship recipient applications will be forwarded to compete for WTS International scholarships!  WTS International scholarships range between $1,000 and $10,000!

About WTSF

WTS Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions made to WTSF are deductible as charitable donations to the extent allowed by tax law. WTS Foundation is the successor organization to WTS Scholarship.

To donate to Philadelphia’s WTSF, please send a check payable to ‘WTSF Philadelphia’ to:

WTS Philadelphia
RE: WTSF Scholarship Donation – Philadelphia Chapter
P.O. Box 58127
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Or donate online here!

We offer these scholarships in memory of outstanding women who dedicated their lives to transportation!

Carmen E. Turner

Carmen E. Turner was the General Manager of the Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA). The first African-American woman to head a major transit system, Ms. Turner held that post from 1983 through December of 1990. Her exceptional abilities were recognized in 1989, when the American Public Transit Association presented her with its Jesse-Haugh Award for Outstanding Transit Managers. Since Ms. Turner's untimely death in 1992, the Philadelphia Chapter of WTS has been proud to continue to recognize an exceptional human being and to attempt to continue her achievements and leadership by making our annual contribution to the future in her name: The Carmen E. Turner Scholarship.

Sylvia Alston


Sylvia Alston dedicated her life to transportation and supporting women in transportation. Sylvia spent over twenty years at Amtrak. She wore many hats while at Amtrak but most of us remember her as the Officer of Supplier Diversity. She had extraordinary commitment to WTS and recruited many WTS members that are still active in the Chapter. She received the WTS Philadelphia Member of the Year award in 1996 and was President of the Chapter from 1998 to 2000. She was instrumental in developing the Gateway Membership and the Milestone Award. With her quiet and determined demeanor, she was an excellent leader of the Chapter and an inspiration to all who served with her. The Chapter honors her commitment to WTS by naming a graduate scholarship in her name.
Suzanne Axworthy For over 25 years, Suzanne developed and advocated for public and specialized transportation throughout Philadelphia, working for SEPTA, WHEELS Inc., and as a consultant. She was an active member of WTS Philadelphia for as long as she was a transportation professional, serving as its Awards Chair from 1986-91, Vice President from 1989-91, and as President from 1991-93. Suzanne will be remembered for her professionalism, grace and style, and for the warm and enthusiastic encouragement she gave many of us. In 2001, the Philadelphia Chapter proudly announced the undergraduate scholarship in her name, as a memorial to her years of dedicated service.


For additional information or to get involved in the WTS Philadelphia Scholarship Committee, please contact Linell Homentosky or Jenna Oskowitz, WTS Philadelphia’s Scholarship and Awards Co-Chairs.












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