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Scholarships

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of WTS is pleased to announce the availability of three scholarships (two undergraduate and one graduate) to qualified female students interested in pursuing careers in transportation.

Founded in 1977, WTS is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. 

Minimum criteria for all scholarships include:

  • Must be female
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Ohio resident OR currently enrolled in an Ohio college or university
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in a transportation-related field such as engineering, construction management, aviation, planning, finance,
  • Plans to pursue a career in transportation

Completed applications are due December 18, 2020. Local winners' applications will be sent to the WTS Foundation to compete for the national-level scholarships. Please email Jacob Wroten at jacob.wroten@hdrinc.com with questions.

 


Undergraduate Scholarships

 

Sharon D. Banks Memorial 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 the WTS Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship to women pursuing 
undergraduate studies in transportation or a related field. 
 
The scholarship honors Sharon D. Banks, chief executive officer of AC Transit in Alameda-Contra
Costa County, California. As its CEO throughout most of the 1990’s, Banks led the 
agency in a pioneering effort to introduce cultural and organizational changes aimed at 
motivating the public-transit work force. She was a member of the WTS Advisory Board 
and received the WTS San Francisco Chapter Woman of the Year and Employer of the Year 
awards. 

Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship Application

 

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship

Part of the WTS goal of fostering the development of women in the transportation field can 
be realized by encouraging bright new professionals to undertake careers in the area of 
transportation. The WTS Molitoris Leadership Scholarship is awarded to women pursuing 
undergraduate studies in transportation or a related field who demonstrate leadership 
skills, ability, and interest. 
 
The purpose of the WTS Molitoris Leadership Scholarship is to motivate and reward women 
who demonstrate leadership in the transportation industry. The leadership, skills, and 
perspectives of women are essential to assure that the transportation systems of the future 
respond to the needs of all. 

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship Application

 


Graduate Scholarship

 

Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship

The WTS Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship was established in 1981 by WTS 
International to encourage women to pursue career paths in transportation. The 
scholarship is awarded to women pursuing graduate studies in transportation or a related 
field. 
 
In memory of Helene M. Overly, the first Executive Secretary of WTS, the Board of Directors 
voted to name the annual WTS graduate scholarship, the Helene M. Overly Memorial 
Scholarship, to honor Helene for her dedicated service to WTS. Helene became a WTS 
member in 1981. She brought with her 15 years of experience in public service, tremendous 
organizational abilities, and a spirit of determination that helped WTS nearly double its 
membership in two years.  

Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship