Kansas City Scholarship

WTS Greater Kansas City is excited to offer annual scholarships to young women pursuing graduate or undergraduate studies in transportation or related fields, including engineering, planning, aviation and logistics. Each year, WTS-KC awards scholarships to young women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in transportation related fields. Applicants must be graduates of metro area high schools and attend a university in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa or Nebraska not currently served by another WTS chapter. Greater Kansas City Chapter scholarship winners will also be automatically entered in the WTS International scholarship competition.

These scholarships would not be possible without the generosity of our corporate sponsors and WTS Foundation supporters. Donate now to the WTS-Kansas City Foundation fund.


Congratulations to our 2019-2020 WTS-KC Scholarship Winners!

Carli Weber

Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship:

Carli Weber, University of Missouri-Kansas City - is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She is an intern on the roads and bridges team at Olsson, involved with Friends of Internationals, 1827 (a young professional’s group at Olsson), and a volunteer as a tutor for Faxon elementary. As the local church is a staple in her life, it has taught her an abundance of skills. Leading people in mentorship and pouring her life into the youth has shown her the impact of addressing the spiritual while seeing the reality of a lack of resources and an appropriate environment. Her internship has shaped the way she views the world as well as her desire to better the transportation around the world. Her continuing to pursue learning, investment, application, and her internship will provide a plethora of resources to provide and improve transportation anywhere in the world, starting in Kansas City, and reaching the nations.


Bahareh Bazargani

Helene M. Overly Graduate Scholarship:

Bahareh Bazargani, Iowa State University - is a PhD candidate in Intelligent Infrastructure Engineering at Iowa State University. Her passion in math and enthusiasm in influencing people’s lives, drew her to Transportation Engineering. Her research is on improving quality management of pavement imagery data. Outside of academics, Bahar has helped younger women believe in themselves and lead them towards their goal. She is the secretary of the LIST committee at TRB. She has also served as treasurer for the Transportation Student Association, and held a leadership position in the CCEE Graduate Student Council. Graduating in May, she hopes to continue the pathway she started in elevating the data quality and asset management, along inspiring more women into engineering.


Lanxi Liu

Jared Miller Memorial Scholarship:

Lanxi Liu, Kansas University - is currently pursuing her PhD degree in Transportation Engineering at the University of Kansas. She received her master’s degree in Transportation Engineering at SMU. Her academic areas of interest include smart city, equity, safety, application of GIS, and emerging technology in transportation. She was invited to the TRB 2019 Annual Meeting to post two posters related to regional safety coalitions and equity of smart city. After entering KU, she started working on a project about Unmanned Aircraft System in University of Kansas Transportation Center. Upon graduation from school, her career goal is to be a Transportation Planner, providing innovative policy and planning solutions, objective analyses and technology applications to help clients anticipate and meet future transportation needs.






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