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Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our seven 2020-2021 WTS Greater Chicago Area Chapter scholarship recipients! 

  • The Helene M. Overly Graduate Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 is being awarded to Emily Hutchinson.  Emily is pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is researching urban and rural transportation disparities, and would like to focus on active transportation in her career.  She anticipates completing her studies in Summer 2021.
     
  • The Maggie Walsh Leadership Legacy Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 is being awarded to Brianna Lawton.  Brianna is pursuing a PhD in Transportation Engineering at Iowa State University where she is conducting research on human behavior and crash fatalities in rural and developing countries. In 2020, she received a Fullbright US Student award to support her research in Ghana.  She anticipates completing her studies in Spring 2021.
     
  • The Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in the amount of $3,000 is being awarded to Kayla Baldwin. Kayla is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Planning at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is an alumni of the ACE Mentor Program of Chicago and CMAP’s Future Leaders in Planning. She anticipates completing her undergraduate studies in Summer 2024.
     
  • The Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates in the amount of $2,000 is being awarded to Nicole Martindale.  Nicole is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University.  She is a leader in numerous engineering organizations, honor societies, student athletic groups. She anticipates completing her undergraduate studies in Spring 2022.
     
  • The Transportation YOU High School Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is being awarded to Angelica Mena.  Angelica is currently enrolled at Carl Schurz High School and hopes to enter the automotive industry.
     
  • The President’s Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is being awarded to

    two recipients:

    Nazik Citir is pursuing a PhD in Intelligent Infrastructure Engineering and Structural Engineering at Iowa State University where she is evaluating pavement condition and maintenance using artificial intelligence. She anticipates completing her studies in 2022.

    Olivia Hansen is pursuing both a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She is leader of a variety of school groups - Illinois Tech Railroad Club, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, Womxn in STEM, SWE, and ASCE. She anticipates completing her studies in Spring 2023.

  • The President’s Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is being awarded to

    six recipients.

    Tanvi Bhole is pursuing a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has participated in internships with Mott MacDonald and Kiewit.  She anticipates completing her studies in Spring 2021.

    Natasha Breslieva is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She continues to intern with Jacobs while being a full-time student and leader in ASCE. She anticipates completing her undergraduate studies in Spring 2021.

    Shannon O’Donnell is pursuing both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She investigated electric vehicle charging infrastructure at Argonne National Laboratory last summer. She anticipates completing her studies in Spring 2021.

    Denissa Sari Darmawi Purba is pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she is focusing on integrating sustainable transportation and emergency management planning. She has worked for several AEC firms in Indonesia. She anticipates completing her studies in 2024.

    Audrey Van Linn is pursuing both a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She has interned at The Walsh Group and Gannett Fleming, and hopes to own her own engineering business on day. She anticipates completing her studies in Winter 2021.

    Jazmin Vega is pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Transportation Policy at University of Illinois, Chicago. She has worked for race and gender advocacy with the Office of the 25th Alderman, Grow Greater Englewood, and the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center.  She anticipates completing her studies in Spring 2021.
     

Previous Scholarship Recipients

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