Kansas City Scholarships

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 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.

Applications are accepted in December each year. Applications can be obtained below. Please submit applications to the the WTS-KC Scholarship Chair, Mary Peck.

Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship:


Helene M. Overley Memorial Graduate Scholarship:



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 2021-2022 WTS-KC Scholarship Winners!

Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship:

Samantha Anderson

Samantha Anderson, Kansas State University is an undergraduate research assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering. She currently works in the transportation lab under the supervision of Dr. Eric Fitzsimmons and has had many opportunities to grow her interest in transportation through participation in sponsored research activities, professional development, and mentoring other undergraduate students. She was a Goldwater Scholarship finalist, presented her research at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, is the second author for published final report for the Kansas Department of Transportation, and she placed second for a poster presentation at the ITS Heartland Conference. Through her undergraduate research experience, she has become very intrigued by research and will be continuing her education working on an advanced degree. Outside of her research experience, she has had two internships with WSP in Kansas City. At K-State she is very involved with extra-circular organizations. She is the president of K-State’s American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter, a member of Steel Ring Engineering Honor Society, a member of Chi Epsilon, a member of the Society of Women Engineers, a mentor for Women in Engineering, and was a member of K-State’s dance team for two years. Samantha is very excited about her future career in civil engineering and looks forward to giving back to her community as so many people have graciously given to her.


Natalie Wohlgemuth, Missouri University of Science and Technology is an intern with HNTB where she works in the roadways group aiding in the designing, checking, and packaging of national highway and interstate projects. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and expects to graduate in May of 2023. Between classes, she is the vice president of the Missouri S&T chapter of Engineers Without Borders, where she coordinates and facilitates four ongoing critical infrastructure projects in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Guatemala. In 2020, she served as the Guatemala project lead, overseeing the design and construction of a school building for a rural community of Guatemala. When she’s not working with Engineers Without Borders, she volunteers with Society of Women Engineers to meet with girls from the local school system to encourage interest in transportation, engineering, and STEM careers. Her dream is to use her knowledge of engineering to make the world a better place through the development of infrastructure in underserved communities, and she hopes one day to be the kind of leader that inspires other girls to pursue engineering.


Helen M. Overly Graduate Scholarship:

Vanessa Spartan

Vanessa Spartan, AICP, University of Missouri  is pursuing a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree at the University of Missouri. Vanessa recently joined the Kansas Department of Transportation as the Chief of the newly created Transportation Safety Bureau. Vanessa’s career has transformed around three simple principles: 1) that transportation is often more than just a means to get from point A to point B, that sometimes the journey is the destination, 2) that everyone deserves to get home safely, and 3) that it will take more than planning and engineering to sustain safe, dependable, and enjoyable transportation systems. These beliefs are embodied in her work in multimodal planning, safe systems, public outreach, marketing, grant management, and data-driven decision making. Vanessa’s education in the MPA program will improve her understanding of how concepts related to transportation and the built environment are supported within the policy and programming realm of decision-making.

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