Scholarship Opportunities

WTS San Francisco Bay Chapter offers scholarships for women pursuing studies and careers in transportation. Applicants must live, work, or go to school in at least one of the following thirteen California counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma.

Current Opportunities:

There are no current opportunities at this time. Please check back in the spring!


Past Opportunities:

Applications for the below scholarships were due January 4, 2021. Funds will be available in late spring of 2021.

Candidates need to submit a separate application for each graduate and undergraduate scholarship. Several of the scholarships have both a local and an international component. WTS San Francisco Bay Chapter will collect and review all applications, and the winner of the local portion will become the Chapter’s applicant for national.

Download scholarship applications below:

Helen M. Overly Scholarship
Maggie Walsh Leadership Scholarship
Molitoris Leadership Scholarship
Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship
Junior College/Trade School Scholarship
Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

Please contact Marcella Rensi at marcella.rensi@vta.org or 408-321-5717 with any questions.

names of scholarships being offered and total amounts

Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

Applications for the below scholarship were due May 31, 2021.

WTS fosters the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals and students to undertake careers in the area of transportation. One way it does this is by awarding the WTS Transportation YOU High School Scholarship to girls who are planning to study transportation, science, technology, engineering, and/or math.

Transportation YOU is a hands-on, interactive, mentoring program that offers young girls ages 13-18 an introduction to a wide variety of transportation careers. Through the Transportation YOU program and this scholarship, WTS chapters work to make a difference in the lives of young girls by offering opportunities and activities that will spark their interest in all modes of transportation and encourage them to take courses in math, science, and technology, which are the stepping stones to exciting careers that can change the face of the transportation industry.

The WTS San Francisco Bay Chapter Transportation YOU High School Scholarship is $5,000.  The minimum criteria for selection are:

  1. Applicant must be a high school senior.
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Living in or attending a school located in either the nine-county Bay Area, Monterey Bay Region or San Luis Obispo County.
  4. Currently taking math, science, and/or technology classes.
  5. Considering a college degree in a transportation-related field such as city planning, environmental studies or engineering.