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Attention all students! WTS-Rhode Island offers two $1,000 scholarships annually to qualified candidates and one $500 Transportation YOU scholarship will be offered to a qualified high school student.

  • Scholarships are open to undergraduate and graduate women with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants do not need to be WTS members or U.S. citizens.
  • Scholarship winners selected by WTS-Rhode Island may be nominated by the Chapter to compete in the WTS International scholarships.
  • Scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation involvement and goals, job skills, and academic record.

Undergraduate applicants should fill out both the Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Application and the Molitoris Leadership Application. Graduate students should fill out both the Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Application and the WTS Leadership Legacy Application. Junior College (Community College) applicants should fill out the WTS Junior College Application. High school student applicants should fill out the TransportationYOU Application.

Click on the scholarship applications below for more information on the WTS Foundation scholarships.

2018 Scholarship Applications will be due December 14, 2017.

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship

The WTS Leadership Legacy Scholarship Graduate Studies

Molitoris Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship

Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

WTS Junior College Scholarship

WTS TransportationYOU High School Scholarship

For more information about WTS scholarships, please contact Ashley Cunha, WTS-Rhode Island Director of Student Outreach, at ACunha@vhb.com.

2017 Scholarship Winners

The WTS-Rhode Island chapter is proud to announce the winners of the local WTS-Scholarship competition.

Local Graduate Scholarship Winner:

Sayeeda Ayaz
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Concentration: Transportation Engineering

Ms. Ayaz is a Transportation Engineering Ph.D. student at the University of Massachuetts-Amherst.  She has concentrated on developing a discrete choice model to capture the complicated interaction between drivers' route choice, the infrastructure, and the real-time information system to adequately assess the effectiveness of traveler information system (ATIS).  Sayeeda is an active member of WTS, the Institute of Transporation Engineers (ITE), Transportation Research Board (TRB) and Graduate Women in Stem (GWIS).  Upon completion of her degree, Ms. Ayaz hopes to improve transportation by addressing the equity issue of congestion pricing.  She would like to develop a methodology that implements a cooperative scheme in which travelers take turns to travel through the faster route between origin destination pairs.


Local Undergraduate Scholarship Winner:

Lindsay Cullen
University of Rhode Island

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Concentration: Civil Engineering

Ms. Cullen is currently a junior at the University of Rhode Island pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering.  Lindsay has a deep interest in the transportation industry and looks forward to working in the transportation sector maintaining and improving transportation.  Lindsay worked last summer as a civil engineering pathways intern at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge working in the Systems Safety and Engineering division of The Infrastructure Systems and Technology Group.  Lindsay is also involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Best Buddies, Student Alumni Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and Phi Eta Sigma honors organization.  Last year she helped WTS-Rhode Island establish a student chapter at URI where she is currently serving as the chapter president.  Lindsay has a passion for transpotation and has a career goal to work in the transportation sector as a project manager.

Transportation YOU Scholarship Winner:

Madison Maguire
North Kingstown High School
Concentration: Computer Science

Ms. Maguire just began her freshman year at Vassar College.  Madison was an honor roll student and officer in her school's chapter of National Honor Society.  She also participated in varsity field hockey, indoor track, unified basketball, and musicals throughout her high school career.  Madison was a member of Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse, Leadership Academy and volunteered as a tutor for students at Gilbert Stuart.  After taking several science classes at her school, she has become interested in the STEM field and hopes to study computer science.

We thank all of our 2017 applicants for their interest in the WTS-Rhode Island Chapter Scholarships.


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