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scholarship2017 Scholarship Recipients

The WTS Foundation awards scholarships to women who are 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. Local Chapters may have additional requirements (such as personal interviews or higher GPA). Please contact your local WTS chapter for more information. All applications are submitted through a chapter.

The chapters submit their nominations for consideration to a Selection Committee composed of Foundation Board members. The WTSF scholarships include:

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 1990’s.  She led the agency in a pioneering effort to introduce cultural and organizational changes aimed at motivating the public transit work force.  She was a member of the WTS Advisory Board and received the WTS San Francisco Chapter Woman and Employer of the Year Awards.

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.

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 perspective 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. 

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 new 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.

Junior College Scholarship

WTS fosters the development of women in the


Scholarships – California Transportation Foundation

Since its founding in 1988, The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) has awarded $1.3 million in scholarships through December 31, 2019. To qualify for CTF scholarships, recipients must be intent on a career in transportation and be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or documented, international students.  Each scholarship has additional qualifications, some of which are listed below. To download the CTF Scholarship List for 2020 – 2021 click here.

Bimla G. Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship ($2,750)

Scholarship Application Due April 30, 2020

University students who will be entering their senior year in the 2020 Summer or Fall terms and are enrolled in business, planning, engineering or related major at a university in California intending to pursue a career in transportation are eligible to apply. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or a Registered International Student. To apply to the Bimla G. Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship click here for the application.

Contact: CTF at sarah_west@transportationfoundation.org for more information.

2019 Bimla G. Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Angela Richards

Caroline Alain Rodman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

Caroline Alain Rodman

Caroline Alain-Rodman

Students who are currently enrolled in good standing, or have been accepted to a California graduate school Master’s program, and have a minimum Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and Graduate School GPA of 3.0 (if available).

The student must be studying in the fields of either Political Science or Public Policy with relevant and an identifiable focus on the transportation industry. Potential examples of study are included on the application’s eligibility requirements along with the application’s required attachments.

Contact: CTF at sarah_west@transportationfoundation.org for more information.

2019 Caroline Alain Rodman Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Jack Christensen

Buser Memorial Scholarship ($1,125)

Scholarship Application Due December 15, 2020.

Undergraduate surveying majors at any two or four year college in California are eligible to apply. The scholarship is given in memory of Callie Joel Buser who was a Caltrans District 7 Land Surveyor killed at his work site by an errant vehicle. To apply to the Buser Memorial Scholarship click here. 

Contact: Mark Counts at mark.counts@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Buser Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Alberto Loera

Joey Ceja Rosales

Blake Reinhart

Elvia Cuellar Diaz

Debra “Sam” Haack Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarship Application Due April 1, 2020.

Debra “Sam” Haack

Applicants must be high school seniors residing in one of the eight counties of Caltrans District 10 – Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne. Eligible Scholarship candidates will be planning to pursue an education in a trade that relates to Caltrans Maintenance and Operations (for example: Diesel Equipment Technician, Electrical Technology, Heavy Equipment Operator, Welding Technology, Landscaping, etc.) Qualifying institutions include the community colleges and trade schools within the eight counties of Caltrans District 10. To apply to the Debra “Sam” Haack Memorial Scholarship click here.

Contact: Carl Haack at carlton.haack@outlook.com for more information.

2019 Debra “Sam” Haack Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Diego Paez

Matthew Jordan

D’juan Bush Memorial Scholarship ($750)

Scholarship Application Due April 13, 2020.

High school seniors living within the Oakland Unified School District or children