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Scholarships

To assist women pursuing education and professional careers in transportation-related fields, the Greater New York Chapter of WTS invites eligible women to apply for the scholarships listed below. WTS also offers free student memberships for full-time students (with proof of enrollment). Join today at https://www.wtsinternational.org.

Graduate Scholarships:

  • Leonard Braun Memorial Scholarship for $4000 is awarded to encourage women to pursue career paths in transportation. The local winner may advance to the national Helen M. Overly Memorial Scholarship competition.
  • National Leadership Legacy Award for $2,000 is awarded to a student, pursuing a graduate degree in transportation or a related field, who demonstrates leadership skills and an active commitment to community service.


Undergraduate Scholarships:

 

High School Scholarships:

  • Transportation YOU High School Scholarship for $1000 is awarded to an outstanding high school student interested in undertaking careers in transportation and studying math, science, engineering or technology. 
 

To Apply

Click on awards above for individual application forms. Eligible female applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • GPA of 3.00
  • Enrolled in or accepted to a degree program in a transportation-related field, such as engineering, planning and logistics, in New York or New Jersey
  • Special criteria as noted on the individual application forms

Please email the completed package (as a PDF package including all required forms, letters, transcripts, etc.) or any additional questions to wtsgnyscholarship@gmail.com
 
The scholarship recipients chosen by the WTS Greater New York chapter will also be sent for consideration at the national level. (Nominees for the national scholarships must come from a local WTS chapter.) These national awards will be presented during the International Annual Conference.

Applications must be emailed no later than Friday, June 18, 2021.

 

Support the Scholarship Fund:

To make a direct monetary contribution to the WTS Foundation, please make checks payable to "WTS Foundation" and write "Greater NY Chapter scholarship account" on the memo line. Send checks to:

WTS International 
1501 M Street NW
Suite 240 
Washington, DC 20005

 

WTS-GNY 2021 Scholarship Recipients

LEONARD BRAUN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Ellen White is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. She is studying vegetation management practices within state highway agencies and other topics that intersect ecology and transportation. White uses geospatial tools to analyze road infrastructure and the landscapes surrounding roads. What she loves about these tools is that they allow her to see the aggregate impacts of transportation policy and design decisions that are made at the local or site scale, many created based on federal guidelines. White also conducts qualitative research to determine how day-to-day decisions are made among multidisciplinary teams within transportation agencies.  Prior to starting her Ph.D. program, she worked as a transportation planner for Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates and an urban designer for Arterial Street Design Studio, partnering with planners, engineers, public agencies, elected officials, and community members to create better transit systems and more pedestrian-friendly, sustainable streets. Over the course of her 10 years in the private sector, her work ranged from analyzing human-services transportation funding to conducting bus rider surveys to drawing curb ramps in CAD. White has a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. Since 2016, she has been a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Landscape and Environmental Design Committee.

NATIONAL LEADERSHIP LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP

Aishwarya Das is a second-year graduate student at the City College of New York studying Transportation Engineering. On a full scholarship, she received her Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College. Currently, Das is an intern at Langan Engineering in the Traffic department. She assists her team to collect and analyze traffic data; complete CAD drawings and suggests traffic control improvements. 

MOLITORIS LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Michelle Ren is a junior at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering. In summer 2020, she had the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of Professor Joseph Chow,  which opened her eyes to sustainable transportation. Ren is a member of the executive board for the American Society of Civil Engineers and Society of Women Engineers chapter at her school. This summer, she performed research on brownfields within her community, as well as worked with a team to map and contextualize these sites. 

SUSAN MISZKOWICZ MEMORIAL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP 

Rebecca Kramer is a rising senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) studying Industrial and Management Engineering. Through 2019 and 2020, she had the opportunity to conduct research at the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation and the Environment under Dr. Jose Holguin Veras. Kramer worked on several projects involving urban freight transportation and emergency response logistics. In Fall 2019, she attended Transportation Camp at New York University through the RPI’s WTS chapter. Recently, Kramer completed her second internship at United Launch Alliance as a supplier quality engineer. She served as project manager for the Intern Rocket program, which calls for the construction and launch of 20-foot sport rockets. After graduation, she hopes to work as a quality engineer in the aerospace industry, where she can manage rocket parts through the processes of manufacturing, transportation and assembly. At RPI, she is a member of the Student Health Advisory Council, Engineering Ambassadors and several honor societies. 

SUSAN L. KUPFERMAN MEMORIAL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Joanna Guillen is a senior studying Civil Engineering at The City College of New York. She is a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Chapter at her school, which has helped her develop the skills necessary to grow professionally and academically. Guillen continues to give back to SHPE through mentorship and volunteering. She values real-world experience and has managed to secure internships every summer since her junior year in high school. In 2019, Guillen took a year off from school to pursue two co-op rotations with Delta Air Lines and a summer internship with The Boeing Co. During this time, she traveled to many countries, which sparked her interest in transportation infrastructure. For the third consecutive summer, she was a Systems Engineering intern this year at Boeing. 

TRANSPORTATION YOU HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP

Kelly Yu is an incoming first-year student at the College of Engineering at Cornell University. She plans to major in Civil Engineering and is currently researching ways to make sustainable urban infrastructure. Yu has worked on many team projects, including an effort to model a 
one-to-one scale of her school in Autodesk Revit. By collecting data from Google Earth and laser measuring tools, she modeled furniture and lighting systems to create a photorealistic and virtual reality compatible replica of her school building. Yu worked with the NYC Dept. of Buildings to advocate for citywide environmental sustainability awareness initiatives through outreach projects to industry stakeholders. Kelly was a member of her school’s greenhouse team where she researched how to maximize efficiency and different methods of irrigation and temperature control. She is currently working on the virtual reality school project. 

WTS-GNY 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Leonard Braun Memorial Scholarship 

Diana Ramirez-Rios is a PhD candidate in Transportation Engineering and Research Assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She obtained her BS-MS in Industrial Engineering at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her research interests are in Disaster Response Logistics and Urban Freight Transportation. Her dissertation work is on facility location and allocation models for the distribution of relief supplies in post-disaster environments. She has been a member of WTS for four years, and was a founding member of the first WTS student chapter at RPI. In the WTS-RPI student chapter she participated in the board as Secretary/Treasurer (2017-2018), Vice-President (2018-2019) and President (2019-2020). She is also a student member of the Disaster Response, Emergency Evacuations & Business Continuity Committee at the Transportation Research Board, member of the Minority Issues Forum of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and member of the Latin American Chapter of the Production and Operations Management Society. She is a fellow of the ENO Future Leaders in Transportation. She is part of the MIT CEE Rising Stars alumni (2019 Class). She was also part of the team of finalists for the 2017 Franz Edelman Award, who developed the Off-hour Delivery Program in New York City. In 2015 she was designated as a Colciencias Scholar by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in her home country, Colombia. In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar and watching movies with her husband Fabio, and walking their dog Hannah. 

Susan Miszkowicz Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship 

Helena Oiwa is a rising freshman entering the School of Engineering at Cornell University this fall. As a civil engineering major with an interest in the environment at Brooklyn Technical High School, Oiwa had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica to study tropical biodiversity conservation as a sophomore as well as intern at George Ranalli Architect last summer through the NYC DOE CTE Internship program. She is currently continuing to intern at George Ranalli Architect for the summer. Oiwa plans on majoring in civil engineering and minoring in environmental engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, photography and exercising.

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

Odette Dominguez will be entering her senior year as a civil engineering and mathematics major at Manhattan College. Since sophomore year, she has worked under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Hochstein as a researcher evaluating the effectiveness of using recycled oils as rejuvenators to lower the viscosity of aged asphalt and reverse the harmful effects of oxidation to restore the binder’s original properties. She has previously presented her research in the Summer Research Showcase at Manhattan College in September 2019 and the Sigma Xi Virtual Student Scholars Symposium this past May. This summer Odette is interning at RAD Engineers and Consultant PC where she works with the construction management team to review and process work schedules, coordinate and monitor project tasks, and review engineering deliverables to initiate appropriate corrective actions for the Henry Hudson Bridge East Approach Reconstruction Project. Her hobbies include drawing and listening to music.

Infra Tech S. David Ali Memorial Scholarship

Srushti Rath is a Ph.D. candidate at New York University (NYU) Tandon School of Engineering and a research assistant at the C2SMART Tier 1 University Transportation Center. She holds a Master of Science degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from NYU. Her interest lies in leveraging operations research, machine learning, and supply-demand modeling in designing effective strategies for infrastructure planning, logistics and operations of emerging transportation systems (e.g., urban air mobility).  Prior to joining NYU, she worked as an assistant executive engineer in the housing and urban development department, Government of Odisha (India), contributing toward the India’s flagship smart city program. During the summer of 2019, she worked as a data scientist intern at Uber, San Francisco on pricing strategies for their upcoming air taxi service. Witnessing the development of emerging transportation technologies and the challenges faced by agencies in their integration in a multi-modal transportation environment, her goal is to provide sustainable, data-driven, and intelligent solutions to such challenges. She is a certified Indian classical dancer. During her leisure time, she enjoys dancing and sketching.

Leadership Legacy Award

Sofia Duran is a second-year graduate student with a focus on Transportation Planning and Engineering at New York University Tandon School of Engineering. Currently, she is a full-time Traffic Designer at VHB’s New York City office where she is an integral part of the Hunts Point Access Project. In this ongoing design-build project, she applies design, MicroStation, and delegation skills to create work zone traffic control plans. In addition to her studies and work, she is a Co-Chair of WTS’s Transportation YOU, a mentor in the Big Brother Big Sister Program, a member of the ITE Mentorship Committee, and the office leader of IDEAL, VHB’s employee resource group focused on promoting inclusiveness and equity. In her spare time, Sofia enjoys traveling, biking, and making digital and traditional art.