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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.

2019 Scholarship Applications will be due in December 2018 - check back for updated dates!

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.

2018 Scholarship Winners

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

Local Molitoris Leadership Undergraduate Scholarship Winner:

Nina Gardner
University of Rhode Island

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts
Concentration: Civil Engineering, Spanish

Ms. Gardner is currently in her 3rd year of a 5-year, dual degree International Engineering Program (IEP) at the University of Rhode Island.  Nina has an interest in design and has a love for physics and math. Nina’s background has inspired her to choose civil engineering as a career. Growing up in Taiwan, she saw numerous natural disasters such as earthquakes, prompting her to want to learn more about earthquake engineering. She also has a strong interest in foreign languages. She is enrolled in the IEP for Spanish allowing her to combine her interests in engineering with her love of languages, and to immerse herself in another culture for a year by studying abroad. After graduating from college, she hopes to pursue a graduate or doctorate degree in a subdivision of civil engineering. In the future, Nina hopes to utilize her engineering and artistic skills in conjunction with her language skills to help people around the world.  


Local Sharon D. Banks Memorial 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.  For the past two summers, Lindsay has worked as a civil engineering pathways intern at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge working on the Grade Crossing and Trespasser Prevention Research Program and the Monitoring and Technical Assistance Program for the FRA High Speed Rail Program.  She is currently interning at VHB. 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 transportation and has a career goal to work in the transportation sector as a project manager.


Transportation YOU Scholarship Winner:

Patsy White
Franklin High School

Patricia White is currently a senior at Franklin High School where she will be graduating in June.  She will graduate high school having completed six lab sciences and five mathematics classes. Patricia has completed a pre-college program at UMass Amherst, has participated in URI’s Engineering Academy for Young Women, and URI’s Business Academy. Patricia is also involved in community service volunteering for the UNICEF Club, a food pantry, and with the community service club. Patricia’s future plans include giving back, helping others, and becoming a role model for other young women. She plans to use her education to design and create things that will help improve the lives of others. Through study abroad opportunities, she hopes to break down stereotypes and encourage young women in other countries to also pursue goals within the STEM field, especially in countries where opportunities for women are lacking. Patricia is currently in the process of finalizing her college selection, and is leaning towards either the University of South Carolina or Stony Brook University, both of which have offered her scholarships.

We thank all of our 2018 applicants for their interest in the WTS-Rhode Island Chapter Scholarships.


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