Transportation is a thriving and comprehensive industry. It incorporates all forms of human modality—heavy and light rail, aviation, automotive, human-powered means—and draws on the knowledge and skill sets from various fields and educational backgrounds. The evolution of innovative transportation requires minds trained in:

architecture, engineering (all disciplines), mathematics, geography, political science, policy, economics, finance, planning, environmental science, communications, and more.

Despite the broad range of educational backgrounds that can lead to a career in transportation, women continue to be under-represented in transportation-related occupations as identified by various studies.

The WTS Toronto Area Chapter aims to further the development of the transportation industry through gender diversification within the local workforce. In an effort to promote gender diversity and attract young talent, a scholarship has been established by the WTS Toronto Chapter.


The scholarship is open to any student who meets the following criteria:

  • Is registered full-time at a post-secondary institution in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and for 2021, the Kitchener/Waterloo/Guelph area
  • Is pursuing a degree which will lead to a career focused on transportation.
  • Has a demonstrable interest in promoting the advancement of gender diversity within the transportation industry.

We are also happy to offer 2 additional new scholarships:

  • A new scholarship for Indigenous post-secondary school students who identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit).
  • A new Focused Scholarship related to a specific industry focus area with relevance to the transportation industry.

Click here for more information about the eligibility. 

To submit your application, or if you have questions or need additional information, please contact Scholarship Committee at: wtstoronto.scholarships@gmail.com

Scholarship recipients will be selected and announced at the WTS Virtual Conference on Thursday, October 28, 2021. Recipients will also receive a complimentary WTS membership for the duration of the school year to facilitate their introduction to the industry and provide them with an opportunity to begin building their professional network.

“The WTS scholarship helped me so much by giving me a glimpse into what my future career could look like. Through connecting me with an amazing group of women I felt supported in a way I hadn’t ever before in my professional life. It’s as if there’s an entire village of women transportation professionals cheering me on now!”
- Emma Swarney (2020)


“Being awarded a 2020 WTS Scholarship gave me the chance to network and be part of an amazing community of women!”
- Joanna Ilunga-Kapinga (2020)
“The scholarship not only provided me with plenty of opportunities only participate in professionally enriching events and learn from industry leaders, but also enabled me to be a part of a community whose members are passionate about advancing the transportation industry. I am very grateful for the mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities that the WTS Toronto Chapter has given me over the last year.”
- Felita Ong (2020)

Congratulations to the 2021 WTS Toronto Scholarship Recipients! Meet the WTS Toronto Area Chapter Scholarship Committee here.