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 of Caltrans District 4 Maintenance Workers are eligible to apply. D’Juan Bush was a District 4 Maintenance worker killed by an errant driver at a roadside worksite. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better, and plan to attend a university, state college, community college, or trade school to pursue a career in the field of transportation. To apply to the D’Juan Bush Memorial Scholarship click here.

Contact: Adrienn Huffman at  Adrienn.Huffman@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2017 D’juan Bush Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Danielle Kay Fernandez

Tim Fleming Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Next Scholarship Application Available in 2020.

Juniors and Seniors enrolled in Civil Engineering departments at University of the Pacific, University of California Davis, or California State University Sacramento intending to pursue a career in Transportation are invited to apply. 

Contact: Susan Fleming Bentley at trfleming@comcast.net for more information.

2019 Tim Fleming Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Gena Farley, Civil Engineering, University of the Pacific

California Transportation Commission Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarship Application Available at 2020 CTF Transportation Education Symposium!

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2020 are eligible to apply.

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

2020 CTC Scholarship Winner:

Flore Mountsambote

Caltrans District 1 Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

High school seniors or college undergraduates living in Caltrans District 1 (includes the counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, and Mendocino) are eligible to apply.

Contact: Cori Reed at cori.reed@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist1/scholarship.htm

2019 Caltrans District 1 Scholarship winners:

Dallas Daynara

Michael Taliaferro

Caltrans District 2 Employee Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

High school seniors or college undergraduate students living in Caltrans District 2 (includes the counties of Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity and portions of Butte and Sierra), who are sponsored by a District 2 Caltrans employee, are eligible to apply. A student is sponsored by a Caltrans employee, who is located within the District 2 boundaries, by writing a letter of recommendation for that student.

Contact: Carolyn Sullivan at Carolyn.Sullivan@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2018 Caltrans District 2 Scholarship winners:

Aislinn Matagulay

Salvador Torres

Christian Orr

Brian Rogers

Caltrans District 3 Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Application Available in 2020.

High school seniors or college undergraduate students living in Caltrans District 3 (includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba) are eligible to apply.

Contact: Steve Nelson at steve.nelson@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Caltrans District 3 Scholarship winner:

Baylee Bishop

Caltrans District 4 Disabled Advisory Committee (DAC) Scholarship ($750)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

The District 4 DAC Scholarship encourages students with disabilities to pursue degrees that can lead them to a career in the transportation industry, but is not necessary to qualify for this scholarship. Selections will be based on submissions that reflect past achievements and future potential. We welcome applications from high school students as well as current college students who meet the California Fair Employment and Housing Act disability criteria, attend a high school or college in the counties served by Caltrans District 4 and have a minimum 2.0 grade point average.

Contact: Meca Wagner at Meca.Wagner@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Caltrans District 5 Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarship Application Due April 17, 2020.

High school seniors living in Caltrans District 5 (includes the counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz) are eligible to apply. To apply to the Caltrans District 5 Scholarship click here.

Contact: Laurie Baima at laurie.baima@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Caltrans District 5 Scholarship Winners:

Gabriel Jameson

Karis Lawson

Caltrans District 6/Central Region Transportation Scholarship ($1,000 – $2,000)

Scholarship Application Due March 27, 2020.

High school seniors who attend high school in Caltrans District 6 (includes the counties of Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings, and Kern) are eligible to apply. To apply to the Caltrans District 6/Central Region Transportation Scholarship click here and download the announcement here.

Contact: Cody Miller at cody.miller@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Caltrans District 6/Central Region Transportation Scholarship Winners:

Caltrans District 6 Scholarship Winners

Erica Arroyo, Mendota High School

Timonthy Peasha, Centennial High School

Alexa Alcala, South High School

Kendra Hill, Stockdale High School

Caltrans District 6/Central Region Employee Family Scholarship ($1,000 – $2,000)

Scholarship Application Due March 27, 2020.

High school seniors related to current, former, or retired Caltrans District 6 employees who attend high school in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings or Kern county are eligible to apply. To apply to the Caltrans District 6/Central Region Employee Family Scholarship click here and download the announcement here.

Contact: Cody Miller at cody.miller@dot.ca.gov  for more information.

2019 Caltrans District 6 Employee Family Scholarship winners:

Katherine Brannon, Buchanan High School

Lillian Nguyen, Clovis North High School

Caltrans District 7 Adopt-a-School Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

High school seniors attending Franklin High School’s Arroyo Seco Academy (Charter School) or Wilson High School’s Transportation Career Academy Program in the City of Los Angeles are eligible to apply.

Contact: Marcia Graves at marcia.graves@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Caltrans District 7 Adopt-a-School Scholarship winners:

Brenda Martinez, University of Los Angeles

Caltrans District 8 Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2021.

Graduating high school senior from within Riverside or San Bernardino Counties (Inland Empire). Candidates must intend to enroll in career in transportation.

Contact: Ann Hill at ann.hill@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Caltrans District 8 Scholarship winner:

Timothy Perea Jr., Barstow High School

Caltrans District 8 Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

Caltrans, District 8, Disability Advisory Committee is offering a scholarship to disabled graduating seniors attending a Riverside or San Bernardino County High School. The student must currently have a 2.0 GPA or higher, provide documentation of admission to an accredited vocational program, community college, four-year college or university along with your application, short essay and two letters of recommendation. Student must also have a disability as defined under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) laws.

Contact: Darlene Lott at darlene.lott@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2015 Caltrans District 8 Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) Scholarship winner:

Persephanie Guerrero

Persephanie Guerrero

Caltrans District 9 Scholarship ($750)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

High school seniors living in Caltrans District 9 (includes the counties of Mono, Inyo and eastern Kern) are eligible to apply.

Contact: Debborah Morales at debborah.morales@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Caltrans District 9 Scholarship winners:

Tia Barfield Griffin

Katherine Ashton

Caltrans District 10 Future in Transportation Scholarship ($1,125)

Scholarship Application Due March 6, 2020.

High school seniors living in Caltrans District 10 (includes the counties of Amador, Alpine, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne) and children of Caltrans District 10 employees are eligible to apply. To apply to the Caltrans District 10 Future in Transportation Scholarship download the application here.

Contact: Nicole Mowers at Nicole.Mowers@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Caltrans District 10 Future in Transportation Scholarship Winner:

Hanna Souza

Caltrans District 11 Disability Advisory Committee Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

Full time students with the intent of pursuing a transportation related field of study are eligible to apply. 

Contact: Cristina Nunez at cristina.nunez@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 Caltrans District 11 Scholarship Winner:

Ruston Mendoza

Ruston Mendoza

Caltrans District 12 Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

Caltrans District 12 and the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) will award one $1,000 Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship competition is to encourage students to consider careers in the changing and exciting world of transportation. The competition seeks to identify and reward the ideas and talents necessary to make tomorrow’s transportation the best it can be.

Contact: Phuong Nguyen at phuong.t.nguyen@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Caltrans District 12 Scholarship Winner:

June Pham

Caltrans Division of Equipment Stanley Jacobs/PECG Mechanical Engineering Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

Open to junior-level or above mechanical engineering (ME) and mechanical engineering technology (MET) students attending California State University, Sacramento; University of California, Davis, or University of the Pacific, Stockton. The Division of Equipment is offering one individual a $1,000 scholarship.

Applicants must be in good academic standing (> 2.0 GPA overall and in major), must be continuing in mechanical engineering coursework for the Spring of 2019 quarter or semester, plan to pursue a career in the vehicle engineering or construction equipment engineering field.

Contact: Alex Gutierrez at alex.gutierrez@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2014 Caltrans Division of Equipment Stanley Jacobs/PECG Mechanical Engineering Scholarship Winner:

David Braden

David Braden

Caltrans HQ Disability Advisory Committee (CTDAC) Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarship Application Due October 31, 2020

The Caltrans HQ Disability Advisory Committee (CTDAC) is accepting applications for the 2020 CTDAC scholarships. Applicants must meet he following criteria: A college student who has a disability defined by the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) as having a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; a college student residing in California at the time of applying for the scholarship, and currently enrolled in a minimum of six units in a college or university.

Students must aspire to work in the transportation industry and study subjects that are relevant to the missions of transportation agencies. Qualifying majors include but are not limited to: civil, environmental, and mechanical engineering, planning, environmental studies, accounting, bookkeeping, clerical administration, communication, English, social media, real estate, surveying, business administration, mechanical repair, etc. To Apply to the Caltrans HQ Disability Advisory Committee Scholarship click here.

Contact: Ted Clark at ted.clark@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship ($1,000 – $2,000)

Scholarship Application Due March 9, 2020.

The Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance to children of fallen Caltrans workers to help meet their post-high school educational goals. Applicants must be the child or step-child of a Caltrans worker killed on the job, who is currently enrolled in college, vocational school, or a senior in high school who is continuing his/her education. The scholarship award must be used to attend a post-secondary school or institution. This could include any: public or private four-year accredited college or university; two-year accredited college; vocational-technical college or a training institution. Scholarships will be awarded in the amounts of $1,000 – $2,000. The number and size of the scholarships awarded each year will be determined by the cash balance in the fund and number of scholarship applications received. To apply to the Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship click here.

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

2019 Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Melissa Magana

Caltrans Right of Way Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

College juniors who are related to past or present Caltrans Right of Way employees are eligible to apply.

Contact: Rita Harris at rita.harris@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Caltrans Transportation Planning Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

CTF and the California Department of Transportation, Planning programs, are offering two $1,000 scholarships to promising student assistants or student interns. These scholarships are intended to recognize, encourage, and assist outstanding students who are pursuing a Baccalaureate or Graduate degree in planning or a related field. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in working in the planning profession. The Caltrans Transportation Planning Scholarship has been discontinued until the Student Program is re-instituted.

Contact: Kevin Chen at kevin.k.chen@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2015 Caltrans Transportation Planning Scholarship Winner:

Coryndon "Charlie" Coles

Coryndon “Charlie” Coles

Cowgill Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

High school seniors in the San Bernardino Unified School District intending to major in civil engineering are eligible to apply. The scholarship is given in memory of John Cowgill, an early, esteemed Design Engineer in Caltrans District 8.

Contact: Ann Hill at ann.hill@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2018 Cowgill Memorial Scholarship winner:

Uriel Bazan

CTF Board Scholarship ($2,500)

Scholarship Application Available at the 2020 CTF Transportation Education Symposium!

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2020 are eligible to apply.

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

2020 CTF Board Scholarship Winner:

Sonia Anthoine

CTF Education Symposium Scholarship ($5,000)

Scholarship Application Available at the 2020 CTF Transportation Education Symposium!

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2020 are eligible to apply.

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

2020 CTF Education Symposium Scholarship Winner:

Joceline Suhaimi

 

CTF Runner-Up Education Symposium Scholarship ($1,000)

2020 Runner-Up Education Symposium Scholarship Winner:

Thao Tran

CTF Graduate School Scholarship ($5,000)

Scholarship Application Due April 1, 2020.

Students who are studying a transportation related field; are currently enrolled as a student in good standing in a California graduate school, or are currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution and have been accepted into a California graduate school; and are a United States citizen, permanent resident, or studying in legal visa status are eligible to apply. The weight of the selection criteria will be: essay (67%); letter of recommendation (11%); undergrad grades (11%); work, professional experience and leadership (11%). To apply to the CTF Graduate School Scholarship click here.

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

2019 CTF Graduate School Scholarship Winners:

Ryan Laws

Madeleine Parker

Emily You

CTF Heckeroth Scholarship ($5,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2021.

Undergraduate students who attend a California university or community college, major in Civil Engineering, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and plan to pursue a career in transportation after graduation are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is competitive and based on the applicant’s commitment to a career in transportation, current achievements and academic record. Eligible applicants are a United States citizen, permanent resident, or documented international student.

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

2020 CTF Heckeroth Scholarship Winner:

Tingxian Liu

Tingxian Liu

CTF ITS-California Partnered Scholarship ($5,000)

Scholarship Application Due April 3, 2020.

The Intelligent Transportation Society of California (ITS California) recognizes the importance of recruiting students into our industry. Each year, ITS California offers scholarships to students who wish to advance their studies in the area of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Applicants must be enrolled in a college or university department in California with an ABET accredited program. ITS California funded two, $5,000 graduate awards in 2019. To apply to the CTF ITS-California Partnered Scholarship click here.

The California Transportation Foundation partnered with ITS California to fund a third, $5,000 scholarship award to an applicant to the ITS California competition whom the ITS California and CTF Committees considered well-qualified. Click here for more information.

2019 CTF ITS-California Partnered Scholarship Winner:

Anagha Katthe

2019 ITS-California Scholarship Winners:

Pouyan Hosseinialiabad

Fei Ye

CTF SCAG Partnered Scholarship ($4,000)

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Scholarship Program provides a $4,000 college scholarship award for each of seven high school or college students from across the SCAG region (and potentially two additional scholarship awards not tied to a specific county, awarded at the Committee’s discretion), a two-week internship with a local planning agency or council of governments, and the opportunity to meet with elected officials and practicing planners to learn more about careers in public service.  SCAG funded nine awards in 2019.

The California Transportation Foundation partnered with SCAG to fund a tenth, $4,000 scholarship award to an applicant to SCAG’s competition whom the SCAG Committee considered well-qualified, and whose application demonstrated an interest in transportation. Click here for more information.

2019 CTF SCAG Partnered Scholarship Winner:

Kathryn Lopez

Dekema Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarship Application Due June 12, 2020.

The Dekema Scholarship honors the accomplishments of Jacob Dekema, District 11 Director, from 1955 to 1980. He is credited with shaping much of San Diego County’s freeway systems, including Interstate 805, which is named after the transportation pioneer.

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements: be a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident, or documented international student; be a high school senior in California or an undergraduate or graduate student from a California state accredited college; have a GPA of 2.5 or higher; pursue or plan to pursue a career in transportation, including, but not limited to: Administration, Construction Management, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Finance, Geography, Information Technology, Public Affairs or Public Policy, City, Regional, or Urban Planning. To apply to the Dekema Scholarship click here for the announcement and to apply click here.

Contact: Nicholas Buenviaje at Nicholas.Buenviaje@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Dekema Scholarship Winners:

Tiffany Clonts

Tanzila Alam

G. Langsner Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

University and college undergraduate students majoring in civil engineering and who are professionally affiliated with Caltrans (interns, volunteers, student assistants, employees) are eligible to apply. This scholarship is given in memory of George Langsner a pioneer freeway designer.

Contact: Christina Ortiz at askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/jobs/scholarships.htm

2018 G. Langsner Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Mario Jaramillo

Phuc-Khang Huynh

H. Heckeroth Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

University and college undergraduate students majoring in civil engineering, interested in pursuing a career in transportation after graduation, and who are professionally affiliated with Caltrans (interns, volunteers, student assistants, employees) are eligible to apply.

Contact: Christina Ortiz at askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 H. Heckeroth Scholarship Winner:

Bella Salgado

Hveem Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

Current or former employees, volunteers or student assistants at the Caltrans Trans Lab in Sacramento are eligible to apply. The scholarship is given in memory of Francis N. Hveem a pioneer in highway materials testing.

Contact: Thomas Song at thomas.song@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2018 Hveem Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Seyedeh Negin Fatemi

M. Langsner Memorial Scholarship ($750)

Next Scholarship is Available in 2020.

University and college undergraduate students majoring in human resources who are professionally affiliated with Caltrans (interns, volunteers, student assistants, employees) are eligible to apply. This scholarship is awarded in memory of Marian Smith Langsner an esteemed Caltrans Personnel Officer.

Contact: Christina Ortiz at  askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov  for more information.

2016 M. Langsner Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Stephanie Sanfilippo

Stephanie Sanfilippo

Roberts Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

High school seniors planning to major in civil engineering are eligible to apply. This scholarship is given in memory of Jim Roberts, a nationally-recognized Caltrans Bridge Engineer.

Contact: Christina Ortiz at askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2019 Roberts Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Laura Wadsworth

Timothy Perea

Michael Quach

Satow Memorial Scholarship

The Satow Memorial Scholarship is donated annually to the Civil Engineering Department at California State University, Sacramento.

Annual Satow Memorial Scholarship Recipient:

Satow Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Sudhakar Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

High school seniors who are children of Caltrans employees are eligible to apply. This scholarship is given in memory of Arun Sudhakar, District Branch Chief of the Bay Bridge-New East Span toll bridge.

Contact: Christina Ortiz at askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/jobs/scholarships.htm

2019 Sudhakar Memorial Scholarship winner:

Mary Rached, University of California, Riverside

Transportation Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

Undergraduate university and college students majoring in transportation fields other than civil engineering, and who are professionally affiliated with Caltrans (interns, volunteers, student assistants, employees) are eligible to apply.

Contact: Christina Ortiz at askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Visit: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/jobs/scholarships.htm

2019 Transportation Scholarship Winner:

Julia Palchak

Transportation Planning Scholarship ($850)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

CTF and the California Department of Transportation Planning Staff are offering two $850 scholarships to promising Planning Student Assistants. These scholarships are intended to recognize, encourage and assist outstanding students who are pursuing a baccalaureate or a graduate degree in planning or a related field. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in working in the planning profession.

Contact: Kevin Chen at kevin.k.chen@dot.ca.gov  for more information.

Pat Weston Memorial Scholarship ($850)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

CTF and the California Department of Transportation, Planning programs are offering two $850 scholarships. The applicants must be employed full-time with Caltrans for a minimum of six months, and must be pursuing a degree in Transportation Planning or a related field. You must be working towards a Bachelor’s degree or a Graduate degree at an accredited four year university or college in Planning or a related field, and plan to work in Transportation Planning upon graduation.

Contact: Kevin Chen at kevin.k.chen@dot.ca.gov  for more information.

2018 Pat Weston Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Eduardo Galdamez

Michelle Ruan

Sally L. Wyatt Memorial Scholarship ($750 – $1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2020.

The Sally L. Wyatt Memorial Scholarship is named after the late Sally Wyatt who was a former auditor for Caltrans Audits and Investigations. Scholarships range from $750 – $1,000 for students who are majoring in or plan to pursue a career in accounting/auditing and want to work in the field of transportation.  The Scholarship is open to students at accredited junior college or universities in Sacramento County and surrounding areas (Yuba City, Lincoln, Davis, Roseville, Chico, etc.)  Please download the application for more information and selection criteria.

Contact: Lynn Carrier at lynn.carrier@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Visit: www.dot.ca.gov/hq/jobs/scholarships.htm

2017 Sally L. Wyatt Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Gabrielle Crispi

Yousuf Tarin


Sponsoring Committees

The majority of the scholarship programs involve the active participation of interested employees who organize committees to administer the awards. Eligible students are either graduating high school seniors or college students interested in careers in transportation. The sponsoring committees determine eligible student group, application criteria, selection process and the amount of the awards.  CTF receives contributions to its Scholarship Fund and disburses the grants. The Foundation adds some of its own money in the process – 50% of an initial program year’s grant(s) and 25% in subsequent years.

Endowed Programs

The Foundation’s largest endowed program is the Jim Roberts Memorial Fund, currently granting three or four annual $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors interested in transportation careers.

In addition to our cooperative programs, families or groups sometimes create a scholarship program in memory of a loved one or to honor a transportation individual. Some of these programs are short term and others are endowed in perpetuity.  A $1,000 annual award is possible if $20,000 is conservatively invested in today’s economic environment.

Establishing a Scholarship

Setting up a scholarship fund correctly requires legal filings with the IRS, audits, and time spent analyzing financial records.  CTF streamlines the process by serving as the fiscal agent for people wishing to establish a transportation scholarship fund. Click here to view CTF’s Scholarship Policy.  If you are interested in establishing a scholarship, contact Sarah West, Executive Director, CTF at 916-489-1629 or sarah_west@transportationfoundation.org.

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