The leadership, skills, and perspectives of women are essential to ensure that the transportation systems of the future respond to the needs of all. In keeping with the changes made in 2019, our selection criteria are more explicitly focused on women interested in achieving equity within communities and the transportation sector. The application questions better recognize the leadership potential associated with lived experiences and non-traditional leadership paths.

The WTS Portland chapter offers six annual scholarships to high school seniors, junior college, undergraduate, and graduate students to support women seeking leadership opportunities and pursuing transportation careers:

  • Shelley Holley Transportation YOU Scholarship High School Girls - $2,500
  • Junior College/Trade School Scholarship - $2,500
  • Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship - $5,000
  • Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship - $5,000
  • Leadership Legacy Scholarship Graduate Scholarship - $5,000
  • Gail Achterman Leadership Scholarship Graduates & Undergraduates - $7,000


WTS Portland Scholarships for 2022 - 2023

The submission period for the 2022-2023 scholarship season is open and applications are DUE NOVEMBER 27, 2022. To apply, please review the requirements and submit your application via email to jessica.berry@multco.us. Letters of recommendation are required for all applications, please plan accordingly.

High School Scholarship application (download) 

The minimum criteria for selection are:

  • Open to all women
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Current resident of Oregon or Southwest Washington
  • Currently a high school senior
  • Considering a college degree in a transportation-related field

Post-Secondary Education Scholarship application (download) 
Note: Junior College/Trade School, undergraduate and graduate applicants fill out the same application.

The minimum criteria for selection are:

  • Open to all women
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Currently enrolled in an Oregon or SW Washington (Cowlitz, Clark, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, or Wahkiakum counties) junior college/trade school program, undergraduate or graduate degree program in a transportation-related field such as transportation engineering, planning, finance, communications, operations, or logistics
  • Plans to pursue a career in a transportation-related field
  • Not previously awarded a WTS scholarship at the Graduate level

Recipients selected will be notified in January 2022 and funds will be available in early 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Berry at jessica.berry@multco.us.

Apply by November 21, 2021


WTS Foundation - National Scholarships

If eligible, WTS Portland Scholarship winners may be selected to compete for an additional national scholarship from the WTS Foundation. These scholarships are awarded in the Spring, and the funds will be available in the Fall.

In general, these merit-based scholarships are not applied to past semesters. WTS Foundation scholarships are intended to aid students who are continuing in their education, not to those who are finishing up. Scholarships awarded to high school students are intended to fund their college education.