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 email@example.com with questions.
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
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.
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
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.