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WTS-Rhode Island Scholarship Applications are Now Available!

 Deadline for submitting a scholarship application is Friday, January 20th,  2023

Please download the applications below and follow the instructions provided.


The 2023 Rhode Island Chapter Scholarship Program application period is now open through Friday, January 20, 2023. The WTS-RI Local Scholarship awards $1,000 to outstanding junior college/trade school and high school female students and $2,000 for graduate and undergraduate female students pursuing a degree in a transportation-related field of study. Undergraduate and graduate women with a strong academic ability and demonstrable passion for transportation are highly encouraged to apply. All applications received will also be forwarded to the WTS International Scholarship Fund to be considered for a national scholarship award. In addition to the scholarship funds, the winners also receive a complimentary one-year student membership to WTS International.

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:

  • 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 $1,000. 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:

  • 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:

  • 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 $2,000.

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


Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

The minimum criteria for selection are as follows:

  • 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 $2,000.

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:

  • 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 $2,000.

Click here for the application for the Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship for Graduates.


Jannet Walker-Ford Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates

The minimum criteria for selection are as follows:  

  • 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 issues.
  • 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 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 $5,000.

The Rhode Chapter is offering one graduate scholarship in the amount of $2,000.

Click here for the application for the Jannet Walker-Ford Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates


 All complete applications are due by Friday, January 20, 2023.   

For questions, please contact Samuel Hawkins at Samuel.G.Hawkins@dot.state.ma.us or Louisa Miller at lmiller@bowman.com