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WTS Philadelphia Scholarship Awards

Scholarship season is here! Once again WTS Philadelphia will be awarding scholarships for women pursuing transportation careers at the high school, junior college/trade school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. We offer these scholarships in memory of outstanding women who dedicated their lives to transportation. Scholarship applications are available below.

  1. Transportation YOU High School Scholarship - application available here
  2. Junior College Scholarship - application available here
  3. Suzanne Axworthy Undergraduate Scholarship - application available here
  4. Sylvia Aston Graduate Scholarship & Carmen E. Turner Graduate Scholarship - application available here

All scholarship materials must be submitted electronically in PDF format. All materials must be received by 11:59pm on Friday, October 25th, 2019. Incomplete or illegible application materials will NOT be reviewed. When all parts of your application have been received, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. The WTS Philadelphia Chapter is very excited to receive your applications and to select the award winners!

All submission materials and questions should be directed to Eva Hayes, WTS Philadelphia Scholarship Chair, at Scholarships@wtsphiladelphia.org.

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 Eva Hayes, WTS Philadelphia’s Scholarship Chair.












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