Each year the WTS NC Triangle Chapter awards scholarships to women at high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels who are interested in pursuing careers in transportation. Our chapter offers six local scholarships for women seeking both undergraduate and graduate degrees. 2022-2023 applications are closed. Please check back in the fall for 2023-2024 applications.

Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship for Undergraduates

 This scholarship is awarded to women pursuing undergraduate studies in transportation or a related field and honors Sharon D. Banks, general manager of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA, during most of the 1990's.  She led the agency in a pioneering effort to introduce cultural and organizational changes aimed at motivating the public transit workforce.  She was a member of the WTS Advisory Board and received the WTS San Francisco Chapter Woman and Employer of the Year Awards.

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

The purpose of the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship is to motivate and reward women who demonstrate leadership in the transportation industry, ensuring that the essential leadership skills and perspectives of women are included in planning the transportation systems of the future. Leadership does not just happen. Leaders personally invest and risk much.  They take on struggles that many would avoid and persevere to reach successful outcomes. 

Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship for Graduates 

The Helene M. Overly Scholarship was established in 1981 to honor the first Executive Secretary of WTS for her dedicated service to the organization in public service, organizational abilities and a spirit of determination that helped WTS nearly double its membership in two years.  To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must meet the above criteria and be enrolled in a graduate degree program in a transportation-related field such as engineering, planning, finance or logistics.

Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates 

Leadership Legacy Fund has been established to honor the past, present, and future leaders of WTS by awarding an annual scholarship to female graduate students pursuing a career in transportation. Each year, the Leadership Legacy Scholarship will award a young woman pursuing a career in transportation. Eligible candidates are pursuing graduate degrees in transportation or a related field and demonstrate leadership skills and an active commitment to community service. For this year's award, focus is on women who demonstrate leadership in bringing ideas, innovation and new approaches to transportation challenges in the US and beyond.  It includes candidates who have a specific interest in addressing the impact of transportation on sustainability, land use, environmental impact, security and quality of life issues affecting communities around the globe.

Junior College Scholarship 

WTS fosters the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals to undertake careers in the area of transportation.  One way it does this is by awarding community, technical, or trade college scholarships to women pursuing transportation-related study at community and trade colleges.  This scholarship is intended for students pursuing an Associate or technical degree.

Transportation YOU High School Scholarship 

WTS awards the Transportation YOU Scholarship to girls pursuing high school studies in science, technology, engineering and math to foster the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals and students to undertake careers in the area of transportation.

Questions? Please contact Meredith "Murphy" Hilliard at Meredith.Hilliard@rsandh.com