WTS-LA Scholarship Program 

WTS-LA is a leader in supporting and mentoring the next generation of transportation professionals in Southern California. For more than three decades, we have awarded scholarships to deserving women entering the transportation field. In just the past 10 years, our chapter has awarded more than 100 scholarships worth nearly half a million dollars!  

In 2020, WTS-LA distributed $100,000 in competitive academic scholarships to women in high school, community college, undergraduate, and graduate programs in transportation-related fields.  

Congratulations to the 2020 Scholarship Recipients! 

WTS-LA Graduate Student Scholarships

  • Lilly Nie, USC, Myra L. Frank Memorial Scholarship ($10,000)
  • Shelly Quan, UCLA, Myra L. Frank Memorial Scholarship ($8,000)
  • Demi Espinoza, Antioch University, Back to School Scholarship ($6,000)
  • Samikchhya Bhusal, UCLA, WTS-LA Board of Directors Scholarship in Memory of Sharon Yates ($5,000)

WTS-LA Undergraduate Student Scholarships

  • Allison Fischer, USC, Ava Doner Memorial Scholarship ($10,000)
  • Elise Adreon, USC, Ava Doner Memorial Scholarship ($8,000)
  • Rebecca Swint, California State University, Northridge, Back to School Scholarship ($6,000)

Sponsored Scholarships

  • Marena William, USC, BYD: Build Your Dreams Graduate Scholarship ($5,000)
  • Jessica Brown, USC, Environmental Science Associates Undergraduate Scholarship ($5,000)
  • Yerandy Pacheco, USC, Jacobs Undergraduate Scholarship ($5,000)
  • Roxan Rivas, California State University, Northridge, Stantec Graduate Scholarship ($5,000)
  • Shantal Bustamante, Glendale Community College, WTS-LA and SCAG Community College Scholarship ($4,500)
  • Annamaria Viazzo, Glendale Community College, HNTB Community College Scholarship ($4,500)

High School Scholarships

Eight high school students will receive $2,500 scholarships in 2020. Two scholarships are from WTS-LA, and six are sponsored. For more on the 2020 high school scholarships, see here

  • WTS-LA Joan G. Wood Memorial Scholarship 
  • WTS-LA Marilyn J. Reece Memorial Scholarship 
  • AECOM Scholarship 
  • Berg & Associates Scholarship  
  • Hill International Scholarship 
  • Mott MacDonald Scholarship
  • PGH Wong Engineering Scholarship 
  • WSP Bright Futures Scholarship

Opportunities to Sponsor Scholarships

Our annual scholarship program provides significant financial support to students seeking assistance to cover rising education costs. We invite corporations of all sizes, public agencies, as well as individuals, to support our scholarship program. Find out more about sponsoring a scholarship here.

Look Out for the Call for 2021 Scholarship Applications in Spring 2021

Scholarship Categories 

The scholarships are competitive, and applications are evaluated on the following criteria: transportation career goals, academic record including curriculum and grades, commitment to transportation as demonstrated by extracurricular activities and/or work experience, writing skills, and recommendations.  The minimum selection criteria are as follows:

  1. Open to women only
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a transportation-related field, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance or logistics, or in the field of environmental planning and science
  4. Plans to pursue a career in a transportation-related field or in environmental planning
  5. Enrolled in a school in Los Angeles County or have residency in Los Angeles County
Community College Scholarship

WTS-LA established the community college scholarship in 2018 to encourage women to pursue career paths in transportation or a related field.

Ava Doner Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

The scholarship honors Ava Doner, who was a wonderful role model and mentor to many women in the transportation industry. She was a pioneer in business and helped establish organizations to encourage the growth and development of aspiring women entrepreneurs and found time to support them during her entire career. 

Myra L. Frank Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors Myra L. Frank, who was instrumental in founding the WTS Los Angeles chapter and actively served as a WTS member for over 15 years. Mrs. Frank was dedicated to her role as a WTS mentor and supported WTS in all of its programs during her career. The scholarship is awarded to women pursuing graduate studies in transportation, planning, or a related field. 

    For more detailed information on the scholarship program, contact our scholarship committee at scholarships@wtsla.org.  

    WTSLA Congrats Scholarship Winners 2020
    WTSLA 2020 Scholarship Recipient Collage