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WTS Scholarships

The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in transportation through undergraduate and graduate programs. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant's specific transportation goals, academic record and transportation-related activities or job skills. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Check out our 2022 Scholarship Award recipients here!

 

WTS Foundation Scholarships


 

Corporate Partner Scholarships

In 2022, three $5,000 Corporate Partner Scholarships were made available thanks to the generosity of our corporate partners HDR, HNTB, and WSP:

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These scholarships are sponsored by WTS International Strategic Level Partners and support the Foundation's development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals and students to undertake careers in transportation. Apply directly with WTS International.


 

Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship in the amount of $5,000 is awarded to women pursuing undergraduate studies in transportation or a related field and honors Sharon D. Banks, general manager of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District in Oakland, CA, during most of the 1990s. She led the agency in a pioneering effort to introduce cultural and organizational changes aimed at motivating the public transit workforce. She was a member of the WTS Advisory Board and received the WTS San Francisco Chapter Woman and Employer of the Year Awards.

Download the application form here.

Helene M. Overly Memorial Graduate Scholarship

The Helene M. Overly Scholarship was established in 1981 to honor the first Executive Secretary of WTS for her dedicated service to the organization in public service, organizational abilities and a spirit of determination that helped WTS nearly double its membership in two years. To be eligible for this $10,000 scholarship, applicants must meet the above criteria and be enrolled in a graduate degree program in a transportation-related field such as engineering, planning, finance, or logistics.

Download the application form here.

Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates

The purpose of the Molitoris Leadership Scholarship is to motivate and reward women who demonstrate leadership in the transportation industry, ensuring that the essential leadership skills and perspectives of women are included in planning the transportation systems of the future. Leadership does not just happen. Leaders personally invest and risk much. They take on struggles that many would avoid and persevere to reach successful outcomes. These qualities receive special attention in the selection of the winner of this $5,000 award.

Download the application form here.

Leadership Legacy Scholarship for Graduates

Leadership Legacy Fund has been established to honor the past, present, and future leaders of WTS by awarding an annual scholarship to female graduate students pursuing a career in transportation. Each year, the Leadership Legacy Scholarship will provide a $5,000 award to a young woman pursuing a career in transportation. Eligible candidates are pursuing graduate degrees in transportation or a related field and demonstrate leadership skills and an active commitment to community service. For this year's award, focus is on women who demonstrate leadership in bringing ideas, innovation, and innovative approaches to transportation challenges in the US and beyond.  It includes candidates who have a specific interest in addressing the impact of transportation on sustainability, land use, environmental impact, security, and quality of life issues affecting communities around the globe.

Download the application form here.

Junior College/Trade School Scholarship

WTS fosters the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals to undertake careers in transportation. One way we achieve this is by awarding community, technical, or trade college scholarships to women pursuing transportation-related study at community and trade colleges. This scholarship, intended for students pursuing an Associate or technical degree, is in the amount of $2,500. Download the application form here.

WTS Transportation YOU High School Scholarship

WTS awards the Transportation YOU Scholarship to girls pursuing high school studies in science, technology, engineering, and math to foster the development of women and girls in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals and students to undertake careers in transportation. The Transportation YOU High School Scholarship is in the amount of $2,500. 

Download the application form here.


WTS Foundation Scholarships - Helpful Forms

Considerations for Scholarship Distribution to Encourage Diverse Applicants

Scholarship Evaluation Guidelines

Scholarship Application Coversheet

Scholarship Submission Instructions

Local Chapters may have additional requirements (such as personal interviews or higher GPA). Please contact your local WTS chapter for more information regarding any additional requirements. All applications are submitted through a chapter, and chapters submit their nominations for consideration to a Selection Committee composed of Foundation Board members.