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WTS-Rhode Island Scholarship Applications are Now Available!

 Deadline for submitting a scholarship application is January 11, 2021 

Please download the applications below and follow the instructions provided.


The 2021 Rhode Island Chapter Scholarship Program application period is now open through Monday, January 11, 2021. Scholarship winners will be announced in February and receive recognition at the WTS-Rhode Island Annual Scholarships & Awards Dinner. WTS Foundation national scholarship winners are announced in Spring, 2021 and receive recognition at the Scholarship Dinner at the WTS International Annual Conference in May 2021 in Richmond, Virginia.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Are international students eligible? Yes.
  • Do applicants need to be WTS members? No.
  • Can students apply to more than 1 scholarship? Yes.
  • For first-year graduate students who do not yet have a GPA, can they provide something else showing they have a 3.0 GPA or higher? Yes, please provide your cumulative undergraduate GPA.

Information on each of the scholarships being offered is described below.


Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

The minimum criteria for selection are as follows:

  • Open to high school senior girls
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Currently enrolled in a high school studying math, science, and technology
  • Considering a career in a transportation-related field

The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific goals, academic record and interest in transportation.

The Rhode Chapter is offering a high school scholarship in the amount of $500. The recipient’s application is then forwarded to the WTS Foundation to be considered for the WTS Transportation YOU High School Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.

Click here for the application for the Transportation YOU High School Scholarship.


Junior College/Trade School Scholarship

The minimum criteria for selection are as follows:

  • Open to women
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Currently enrolled in an associate or technical degree program in transportation-related studies at a junior college, community college, or trade school

The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills.

The Rhode Island Chapter will forward one application to the WTS Foundation for consideration for the Junior College/Trade School scholarship in the amount of $2,500.

Click here for the application for the Junior College/Trade School Scholarship.


Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

The minimum criteria for selection are as follows:

  • Open to women
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a transportation-related field, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance or logistics
  • Plans to pursue a career in a transportation-related field

The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills.

The Rhode Island Chapter will forward one application to the WTS Foundation for consideration for the Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

The Rhode Chapter is offering one undergraduate scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Click here for the application for the Banks/Smith Scholarship.


Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

The minimum criteria for selection are as follows:

  • Open to women
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in a transportation-related field, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance or logistics
  • Plans to pursue a career in a transportation-related field
  • Applicants for the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship are asked to specifically address the issue of leadership on their personal statement

The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record, transportation-related activities or job skills, and their leadership statement.


The Rhode Island Chapter will forward one application to the WTS Foundation for consideration for the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for undergraduates in the amount of $5,000.

The Rhode Chapter is offering one undergraduate scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Click here for the application for the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates.


Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship for Graduates

The minimum criteria for selection are as follows:

  • Open to women
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in a transportation-related field, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance or logistics
  • Plans to pursue a career in a transportation-related field

The scholarship is competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation involvement and goals, job skills and academic record.


The Rhode Island Chapter will forward one application to the WTS Foundation for consideration for the national Helene M. Overly Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship in the amount of $10,000.

The Rhode Chapter is offering one graduate scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Click here for the application for the Hershfang/Overly Scholarship for Graduates.


Maggie Walsh Leadership Legacy Scholarship

The minimum criteria for selection are as follows:

  • Open to women
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in a transportation-related field, such as transportation planning or engineering, security planning, business management, finance or logistics with a focus on public policy   
  • Plans to pursue a career in a transportation-related field
  • Demonstrated interest in addressing transportation studies issue(s)
  • Submission of a personal statement of 500 words or less highlighting candidate’s interest in transportation-related fields, relevant experiences and interests, and how this award will contribute to the candidate’s ability to make a meaningful contribution in the transportation arena

The scholarship is competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills.

The Rhode Island Chapter will forward one application to the WTS Foundation for consideration for the Maggie Walsh Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Studies in the amount of $5,000, through their local WTS Chapters.

The Rhode Chapter is offering one graduate scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

Click here for the application for the Maggie Walsh Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Studies.


The local Rhode Island chapter will award one $1000 undergraduate scholarship and one $1000 graduate scholarship to an outstanding female student pursuing a degree in a transportation related field of study.  In addition, one $500 scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding female high school student excelling in math and/or science who has an interest in pursuing a degree in a transportation related subject.  The winners of the local scholarships will also receive a free one year student membership to WTS.  All applications will be forwarded to the WTS International Scholarship Fund to be considered for a national scholarship award. 

 All complete applications are due by Monday, January 11, 2021.   

For questions, please contact Ashley Cunha at acunha@vhb.com