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WTS-DC Scholarships

The mission of WTS is to “transform the transportation industry through the advancement of women.” At WTS-DC, we feel that education is a vital tool to facilitate that advancement, and every year, WTS-DC awards scholarships to deserving young women who are studying transportation at undergraduate and graduate programs in the DC area. As a chapter, we believe that giving scholarships is one of the most important things we do.

2015 WTS-DC scholarship recipients with John Porcari of WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff

Congratulations to our 2015 winners, who were honored at the WTS-DC Holiday Party on Dec. 9, 2015 with four scholarships totaling $6,000 (pictured above with former U.S. DOT Deputy Secretary John D. Porcari).

2016 WTS-DC Scholarship Application

WTS-DC received several outstanding and competitive applications during the 2016 scholarship application period. Thank you for your submissions! This year's winners will be honored at the WTS-DC Holiday Party on Dec. 6, 2016. Applications for the 2017 Scholarship Awards will be made available by September 2017.

Donate to the WTS-DC Scholarship Fund

Please help us continue to support young women as they embark upon their career education in the transportation industry by making a tax-deductible donation to the WTS-DC scholarship fund. Donations may be made via check or PayPal (click here to donate using PayPal). Please make checks payable to the WTS-DC Scholarship Fund and mail to:

WTS-DC Chapter
P.O. Box 34097
Washington, DC 20043

If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring a particular scholarship in whole or in part, please contact Amanda Wall Vandegrift, WTS-DC Scholarship Co-Chair, at Amanda.Vandegrift[at]hdrinc.com to discuss options for doing so. Thank you for your support!


WTS-DC Scholarship Recipients

PhD: Jeong Yun Kweun, George Mason University
PhD: Jina Mahmoudi, University of Maryland
Masters: Paquilla Jones, Howard University
Undergraduate: Maya Lieber, University of Maryland
PhD: Andrea Hamre, Virginia Tech National Capital Region
PhD: Eirini Kastrouni, University of Maryland
Masters: Daniela Barragan, George Mason University
Undergraduate: Emily Porter, The George Washington University

Graduate: Mersedeh Tariverdi, University of Maryland
Graduate: Angela Martinez, University of Maryland
Undergraduate: Casey Bessell, University of Maryland
Undergraduate: Terasa Vassallo, The George Washington University

Graduate: Kleoniki Vlachou, University of Maryland
Graduate: Jiranee Carr Elter,  George Mason University
Undergraduate: Genna Gold,  University of Maryland
Graduate: Elham Sharifi, University of Maryland
Undergraduate: Viona Miller, University of Maryland
Undergraduate: Claire Silverstein, The George Washington University
Graduate: Elizabeth Moreton, Virginia Tech National Capital Region
Graduate Honorable Mention: Renting Xu, University of Maryland
Undergraduate: Edna Ezell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Masters Co-winner: Casey Morgan, George Mason University
Masters Co-winner: Lilly Shoup, University of Maryland
PhD Winner: Woon Kim, University of Maryland

Honorable Mention: Chao Liu, University of Maryland
Honorable Mention: Renting Xu, University of Maryland
Honorable Mention: Shenaye' Holmes, University of the District of Columbia
Graduate: Carolina Burnier, University of Maryland
Graduate Runner-up: Dina Ribbink, University of Maryland
Undergraduate: Shirley Penaloza, The George Washington University


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