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The Heart of Texas (HOT) Chapter of WTS scholarship application process is now open.

To encourage women pursuing careers in transportation, the HOT Chapter awards up to five local scholarships to graduate, undergraduate, community college, and high school students. These scholarships have been made possible through generous contributions from our corporate members.

Available Scholarships: DUE DECEMBER 16, 2022:

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!

The HOT Chapter scholarship recipients will be entered into the WTS International scholarship application pool for additional scholarship awards. For more information, visit WTSI’s scholarship homepage https://www.wtsinternational.org/mission/wts-foundation/scholarships.

 

Eligible Colleges/Universities for Heart of Texas Chapter Scholarships

Any college, university or trade school in the Central Texas area, including but not limited to:

The University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, Southwestern University, Texas State Technical College – Waco, Texas State University, Abilene Christian University, McLennan Community College, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Austin Community College, Central Texas College, Concordia University of Texas, St. Edwards University, Virginia College – Austin, Angelo State University, Huston-Tillotson University, Temple College, National American University – Austin, South University – Austin, Strayer University – Texas, Texas A&M University – Central Texas.

Questions about the scholarship materials or the application process?

Please contact the Heart of Texas Scholarship Chair at scholarship@wtshotchapter.org.

 


Congratulations to all our 2022 scholarship winners!

 

Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship

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Yang Xu
Yang Xu

Yang Xu is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Transportation Engineering of the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) at the University of Texas at Austin. She received a master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Southeast University (Nanjing, China), where she also received her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. Her current research interest is to implement artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms to facilitate decision makings in transportation infrastructure management. Yang hopes her research can help transportation agencies to better understand infrastructure conditions and maintenance needs, improve the accuracy of performance predictions, and identify cost-effective infrastructure management strategies that can improve public travel safety and comfort. More importantly, Yang hopes she can make a positive influence in encouraging more women to enter a career in engineering. 

 

Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

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Caroline Muhith
Caroline Muhith

Caroline Muhith is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She is from Spring, Texas, where she graduated summa cum laude from the John Cooper School. Caroline is a member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and participates in the Texas Running Club. She also works as a peer tutor for fellow undergraduate engineering students. Caroline spends her summers in New Hampshire working as a camp counselor. She is currently investigating solutions for combining accessible and sustainable transportation to increase equitable public transportation.

 

 Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

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Julienne Cantu
Julienne Cantu

Julienne Cantu is an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in mechanical engineering. Her professional interests include helping people through their common needs, including transportation. Coming up with new transportations methods as well as fuels can be a big help to those needing easier transportation routes along with cost cutting technology. This can easily make the world a better place to live in while pushing for more modern approaches by incorporating different energy sources that are safe for the environment. She sincerely thanks WTS for offering her this scholarship to accomplish her career goals, and she will be sure to put it to good use towards her education.

 

Paula Hammond Leadership Legacy for Graduates

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Maria Bassil
Maria Bassil

Maria Bassil 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 fall 2020. She works at the UT Center for Transportation Research on a wide range of topics and projects for the city of Austin and the Texas Department of Transportation. She aims to contribute to the development of the transportation engineering field through her research and continuing education.

 

Transportation YOU Scholarship

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Emilie Grace Baillo
Emilie Grace Baillo

Emilie Grace Baillo graduated from the Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School in Austin,Texas. As a high school mentor for ACC’s Verizon Innovative Learning Program, Emilie’s passionate about making STEM more accessible to low-income and underrepresented communities. Through STEM-exploration and self-awareness activities, she encourages middle school mentees to form and pursue meaningful goals for themselves in career, academic, and personal development. Emilie is also President of her school’s Minorities in Math club, which hosts math activities and tutoring for middle schools in East Austin. From her experiences with ACE mentorship and Women Engineers at UT, Emilie is fascinated with the intersections between computing, engineering and transportation. She plans to pursue computer science in college to develop software that makes public transportation more equitable for communities of color. Outside of school, Emilie loves cooking, reading, writing, and spending time with her dog Datu (chieftain in Bisaya!).

 

Friends of WTS Scholarship 

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Estella Zhao
Estella Zhao

Estella Zhao will be attending the University of Texas at Austin and majoring in Electrical Engineering. She is an International Baccalaureate scholar and a member of the 2019 Bands of America Grand National Champions team from Vandegrift High School. Her interest in pursuing STEM as a career arose from her AP Statistics and Calculus courses, as well as The Coding School's Qubit by Qubit Introduction to Quantum Computing virtual course. The intersections and cooperation between different interdisciplinary fields is what draws her to Electrical Engineering, and she hopes to eventually work in the field of Connected Autonomous Vehicles or the Texas power grid.

 

 

Friends of WTS Scholarship 

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Sarah Chu
Sarah Chu

Sarah Chu is a rising freshman at the University of Texas at Austin where she plans to study Civil Engineering. She hopes to explore more about the sustainability of the construction industry as well as learn how to make public transportation more accessible. She had the privilege to extern at Turner Construction through ACE Austin in Summer 2021 and began an internship in TxDOT’s Materials and Tests Division this summer. During and after her college career, Sarah plans to give back to the community through being an ACE mentor to future engineers and volunteering through Engineers Without Borders.

 

 

Friends of WTS Scholarship

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Anya Kureshi
Anya Kureshi

Anya Kureshi will be a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin studying sustainability with a focus on transportation and energy policy. This summer she was an intern with Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs. With the help of a $5,000 grant, she was responsible for organizing a sustainability conference alongside the Vietnamese American Community of Austin. In the past year, she has interned with Texas Representative Jacey Jetton, Austin Municipal Court Judge George Thomas, and City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler. She is also a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient and has been recognized for her work in helping teens prepare for adulthood. During her spare time, she works at H-E-B and volunteers at the Austin Animal Center.

 

Friends of WTS Scholarship

Gunjan graduated from McNeil High School and will attend Texas A&M University in the fall to study Engineering.