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WTS Southwest Ohio 2022-2023 Scholarships

Scholarships now open! Please submit before January 20, 2023. 

Scholarship Chair contact information:
Katie DeStefano
Email: Katherine.DeStefano@dot.ohio.gov 

Kickoff for the 2022-23 National Scholarship Program has begun!  This year, the WTS Southwest Ohio Chapter is again offering scholarship opportunities.

The Southwest Ohio Chapter is offering a local level scholarship, under the “Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship”!  These scholarships are for undergraduate female students that are majoring in a transportation related field. A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded by the Southwest Ohio Chapter to the most qualified applicant, who submits an accurate and complete application. The highest scoring local level winner will also, be forwarded on for consideration of the $5,000 WTS National Level Scholarship. (See attached WTSI Announcement.)

Please see the information below and the scholarship application for additional details.

In addition to the locally offered Sharon D. Banks Scholarship there are a total of (6) nationally offered scholarships available:

•    WTS Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship ($10,000)
•    WTS Maggie Walsh Leadership Legacy Scholarship ($5,000)
•    WTS Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship ($5,000)
•    WTS Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates ($5,000)
•    WTS Transportation YOU for High School Seniors ($2,500)
•    WTS Junior College/Trade School ($2,500)

If you wish to be considered for any of the National Level Scholarships, please submit your application to the Southwest Ohio Chapter. Applicants will be evaluated and the highest ranked application for each of the above scholarships will be forwarded to WTS National.


Note that only (1) copy of an application is necessary to be filed for each scholarship, as the Sharon D. Banks Scholarship application serves the purposes of both the local and national review process.

Complete the scholarship application(s) that apply to you, and return to Katie DeStefano (contact information above) no later than Friday, January 20, 2023. Please send your applications to me in the original Word (.doc) format, along with supporting documentation.  A brief schedule of the process is as follows:

12/21/22 – 01/20/23    Submit scholarship applications to Katie DeStefano, WTS SW Ohio.
01/23/23 – 01/25/23    Local applications are reviewed by Local WTS Committee
(Any applications submitted for the National WTS Scholarships will also be reviewed and forwarded to WTS National via the local SW WTS chapter.)
01/26/23 - 01/27/23    Local applications are selected and uploaded to WTS National.
02/06/23 – 02/24/23    National Selection committee makes recommendations to National Chair.
02/27/23 - 03/10/23    National Selections are released.
05/01/23 – 06/30/23    Funds are disbursed to Scholarship Chairs or students. *

*Before funds are distributed, the recipients must agree to periodically respond to online scholar surveys.  The feedback received provides insight to WTS, with regards to how the recipient is progressing in their transportation development goals.  In turn, WTS is then able to implement more effective scholarship services for future applicants/recipients.