2021 - 2022 Scholarship Information
The WTS HOT Chapter is excited to announce that we are awarding multiple local scholarships to graduating high school seniors. These scholarships have been made possible through generous contributions from our Friends of WTS donors.
Every year, the scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation involvement and goals, job skills, and academic record. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Past applicants have backgrounds in civil, mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineering, as well as urban planning, public policy, public safety and emergency response. Any students that may be eligible for the scholarships should apply.
Completed applications must be received electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. CST on May 2, 2022.
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Congratulations to all our 2021 scholarship winners!
Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship
Maria earned her B.E. in civil and environmental engineering with high distinction from the Lebanese American University in spring 2019. Then, she pursued her Master of Science in civil and environmental engineering also at the Lebanese American University and graduated in 2020. In her master’s degree, she explored the emerging technology of connected and autonomous vehicles and its various implications. Driven by passion and excellence, she applied and was accepted into the civil engineering doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin starting in the of fall 2020. Maria aims to contribute to the development of the transportation engineering field through her research and continuing education.
Maggie Walsh Leadership Legacy Scholarship
Lynn Isaak is a master’s student at University of Florida in the two-year MBA online program. Obtaining her MBA has been a long-time career goal that came to life during the pandemic. A master’s in business complements Lynn’s technical abilities and experience with a more comprehensive understanding of the business world to provide solutions to complex transportation challenges. Mentoring and supporting young women is a consistent passion of Lynn’s. She serves as a third-year mentor through the WTS Transportation YOU program. Some of her mentoring successes include her current mentee who will be starting college in mechanical engineering in the fall and her foreign exchange student from Finland who is a sophomore in industrial engineering. Her philosophy is that we can all affect and inspire the lives of others through volunteerism and role modeling. Lynn currently serves as the Director of Project and Portfolio Management Section at TxDOT supporting project managers to successfully deliver projects.
Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship
Kaitlyn Ng is a junior at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a B.S. in civil engineering and minors in computer science and history. Currently, she is interested in combining elements of civil engineering, computing and social justice in the field of transportation equity after graduation. This past summer, Kaitlyn joined Kimley-Horn as a traffic engineering intern. At UT Austin, Kaitlyn is involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and Code Orange, an organization that teaches younger children in East Austin how to code. Outside of school, Kaitlyn enjoys hiking, reading, and crocheting in her free time.
Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates
Linda Abernathy is a senior civil engineering major from San Diego, California at Angelo State University (ASU). Linda will graduate in Fall 2021. During her tenure at ASU, she has had the privilege to serve as the President of the local American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chapter and participated on the 2020 and 2021 Texas-Mexico Symposium team. Linda is currently a part of an ASU undergraduate research project conducting a transportation needs assessment for the City of San Angelo and Concho Valley Transit District. In addition to this research role, she recently completed an engineering internship with the City of San Angelo and began another Engineering Internship with Centurion Planning & Design, LLC. Last Fall, Linda was voted ASU’s 2020 Homecoming Queen. After graduating Linda plans to obtain her professional engineers license and hopes to travel overseas.
Transportation YOU Scholarship
Allison Thompson graduated from Hendrickson High School. She was the president of her school’s Texas Alliance of Minorities in Engineering Club, the secretary of Best Buddies, and an active member in UIL math and science and Science Olympiad. She also completed four years in her school’s Project Lead the Way engineering courses and completed her senior project in Engineering Design and Development. In the fall, Allison plans to attend the University of Maine as an engineering student. There, she hopes to learn about how engineering projects can work more harmoniously with the environment. Allison is excited to explore the many available careers in transportation and to carry out the WTS mission throughout her time in college and within her career!
Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by Garver
Alexa Minchaca graduated from The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders where she was part of the Engineering Pathway program. She was also a part of the WTS Mentorship Program and was able to go to Washington D.C. with her mentor. She is the oldest in her family, and a first-generation college student as well. The process to get into college was not an easy one. However, she is proud that she figured out the process along the way. Alexa is so excited to attend and graduate from college. She will be attending the University of Houston and majoring in mechanical engineering. In the future, she hopes to fulfill her dreams by working for NASA and being part of the future in space. She is pleased that she will be part of the change in growing the number of women in the STEM field and hopefully become a role model for young girls to see that women can be in this field.
Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by Atkins
Yuliana Castillo is the oldest daughter of three and a first-generation college student. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas and just recently moved to Bertram, Texas, a little town in the middle of nowhere. She is currently studying at Austin Community College and plans to transfer to Texas State University. Her major is in chemical engineering, which will be used to research and improve clean energy sources. An interesting thing about Yuliana is that she was an Aztec dancer for about five years. As an Aztec dancer she was able to participate in many events in Austin such as the Día de los Muertos Parade.
Friends of WTS Scholarship sponsored by SAM
Sudiksha Pradhan is a rising freshman at Texas A&M University where she plans on majoring in computer science. She spends her free time painting, dancing, enjoying nature, volunteering, or trying out new recipes. Her interest in pursuing STEM as a career sparked in her junior year of high school when she first dived into problem-solving and analysis to tackle projects in her computer science camps and courses. As a member of her high school DECA and debate team, Sudiksha hopes to carry on her enthusiasm for discussing current topics and the relationships between individuals and society and in turn the role of corporations in good global governance with the intersection of STEM. After college, she hopes to further her interests in developing creative technology to help shape the community.