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2018 Scholarship Recipients:

Leadership Legacy Scholarship: Albee Wei, UC Davis 

Leadership Legacy Scholarship Honorary Recipient: Michelle Byars, UC Davis

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship: Liya Jiao, UC Davis

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship Honoray Recipient: Koral Buch, UC Davis

Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship: Susana Ramirez-Perez, UC Davis

Bimla G. Rhinehart Leadership Scholarship: Treasure Acevedo, CSU Sacramento

Will Kempton: Medha Aiyah, Folsom High School

Past Scholarship Winners

Scholarship Information


In addition to selection criteria listed on each application, in order to be eligible to receive a scholarship from WTS Sacramento, students must reside or study in one of the following counties:


  • Alpine

  • Amador

  • Butte

  • Calaveras

  • Colusa

  • Del Norte

  • El Dorado

  • Fresno

  • Glenn

  • Humboldt

  • Inyo

  • Kings

  • Lake

  • Lassen

  • Madera

  • Mariposa

  • Mendocino

  • Merced

  • Modoc

  • Mono

  • Nevada

  • Placer

  • Plumas

  • Sacramento

  • San Joaquin

  • Shasta

  • Sierra

  • Siskiyou

  • Stanislaus

  • Sutter

  • Tehama

  • Trinity

  • Tulare

  • Tuolumne

  • Yolo

  • Yuba

  • Washoe (Nevada)

If you are not within our chapter’s jurisdiction, please refer to your designated WTS Chapter per the map.


Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship ($3,000)

This scholarship honors Helene M. Overly, the first Executive Secretary of WTS, for her dedicated service to WTS. Helene became a WTS member in 1981. She brought with her 15 years of experience in public service, tremendous organizational abilities, and a spirit of determination that helped WTS nearly double its membership in two years. 

Application Deadline: TBD


Leadership Legacy Graduate Scholarship ($3,000)

The WTS mission to build the transportation industry through the global advancement of women can be realized by encouraging women to further their careers as leaders in transportation. WTS recognizes that transportation is more than simply moving people and goods from one place to another.  It is a driver of growth and an integral part of communities throughout the world. The leadership, skills, and perspectives of women are essential to ensure that the transportation systems of the future respond to the needs of all. Through the Leadership Legacy Scholarship, WTS seeks to motivate and reward women who demonstrate leadership in the industry to bring ideas, innovation, and new approaches to transportation challenges in the US and beyond. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding young woman pursuing graduate studies working toward a career in transportation or a related field, and who demonstrates an interest in advancing transportation innovation internationally. 

Application Deadline: TBD


Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship ($3,000)

This scholarship honors Sharon D. Banks, chief executive officer (CEO) of AC Transit in Alameda-Contra Costa County, California. As CEO during most of the 1990's, Sharon led the agency in a pioneering effort to introduce cultural and organizational changes aimed at motivating the public transit work force. She was a member of the WTS Advisory Board and received the WTS San Francisco Chapter Women and Employer of the Year awards. 

Application Deadline: TBD


Bimla G. Rhinehart Undergraduate Leadership Scholarship ($3,000)

This undergraduate scholarship was established in recognition of Bimla G. Rhinehart’s leadership and contribution to improving transportation in California. Bimla applied her broad expertise in transportation issues both as the Executive Director of the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and numerous leadership roles at the California Department of Transportation to improve the quality of life for all Californians. She was recognized as a leader in developing and fostering long lasting relationships with stakeholders and partners across the state to promote the success of California’s integrated intermodal transportation program. Bimla received the WTS Sacramento Chapter Woman of the Year award in 2010 and accepted the Employer of the Year award in 2012 on behalf of the CTC.

Application Deadline: TBD


Junior College/Trade School Scholarship ($2,000)

This scholarship supports female students in the transportation industry. The scholarship aims to provide financial assistance to students at a junior college or trade school. The scholarship is open to women pursuing a career in a transportation-related field, including studies in engineering, math, architecture, geography, business, law, political science, environmental science, English, planning, economics, sociology and government policy.

Application Deadline: TBD


Will Kempton High School Scholarship ($2,000)

The WTS-Sacramento Chapter Will Kempton High School Scholarship is available to a female high school senior in the Sacramento Region who is inspired to pursue a college degree in a transportation-related field, including studies in engineering, math, architecture, geography, business, law, political science, environmental science, English, planning, economics, sociology and government policy. The scholarship is named for the former Director of the California Department of Transportation who serves as a strong advocate for WTS and the importance of education.

Application Deadline: TBD


If you wish to be added to the application distribution list or have any questions, please contact our Scholarship and College Relations Co-Chairs, at or call Ariana Castillo at (916) 368-9181 or Marin Meza at (916) 303-3934.

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