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Scholarships

 

Since its founding in 1988, The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) has awarded $865,107 in scholarships through December 31, 2015. 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.

 


Bimla G. Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship ($2,500)

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

University students who will be entering their senior year in the 2015 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.

Contact: Sarah West at sarah_west@transportationfoundation.org for more information.

2016 Bimla G. Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Ashley Kim

Ashley Kim

Buser Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarship Application Due December 17, 2016

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 District 7 Land Surveyor killed at his work site by an errant vehicle. To apply to the Buser Memorial Scholarship download the application by clicking here.

Contact: Mark Sheahan at mark.sheahan@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 Buser Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Caleb Scrivens

Caleb Scrivens

Cristian Zamora

Christian Zamora

Derek Clark

Derek Clark

Ryan Jackson

Ryan Jackson

Caroline Alain-Rodman Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

2016 Scholarship Application Coming Soon!

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: Sarah West at sarah_west@transportationfoundation.org for more information.

 

2015 Caroline Alain Rodman Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Jillian Guizado

Jillian Guizado

D’juan Bush Memorial Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

High school seniors living within the Oakland Unified School District and 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.

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

2016 D’juan Bush Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Janelle Bracamontes and Shirley Beteta

Janelle Bracamontes and Shirley Beteta

California Transportation Commission Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarship Application Available at Nov. 3-4, 2016 CTF Transportation Education Symposium!

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2016 are eligible to apply.

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

2016 CTC Scholarship Winner:

Matthew Stewart

Matthew Stewart

Caltrans District 1 Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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: Myles Cochrane at myles.cochrane@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

2016 Caltrans District 1 Scholarship winner:

Jarod Fullerton

Caltrans District 2 Employee Scholarship Program

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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: Derek Willis at derek.willis@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2015 Caltrans District 2 Scholarship winners:

Luke Fortkamp

Luke Fortkamp

Sara Sanders

Sara Sanders

Zach Stinger

Zach Stinger

 

Caltrans District 3 Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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.

2016 Caltrans District 3 Scholarship winner:

Cassidy Carrera

Cassidy Carrera

Caltrans District 5 Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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.

Contact: Joni Mullen at Joni.Mullen@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2015 Caltrans District 5 Scholarship Winners:

Ben Christensen

Ben Christensen

Adam Bigham

Adam Bigham

 

Caltrans District 6/Central Region Transportation Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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.

Contact: Kelly Mertlik at kelly.mertlik@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 Caltrans District 6/Central Region Transportation Scholarship Winners:

Israel Perez

Israel Perez

Maria Guerrero CTF Photo

Maria Guerrero

Rubina Aujla

Rubina Aujla

Jared Hill

Jared Hill

Caltrans District 6/Central Region Employee Family Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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.

Contact: Kelly Mertlik at kelly.mertlik@dot.ca.gov  for more information.

2016 Caltrans District 6 Employee Family Scholarship winners:

Julio Lopez

Julio Lopez

Zachary Shaath

Zachary Shaath

Caltrans District 7 Adopt-a-School Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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: Gwiin Correa at gwiin.correa@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 Caltrans District 7 Scholarship winners:

Shirley Marlene Beteta

Janelle Madillyn Bracamontes

Caltrans District 8 Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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.

2016 Caltrans District 8 Scholarship winner:

Luz Memije

Luz Memije

 

Caltrans District 8 Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2017

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

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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

Contact: Jessica Klemencic at jessica.klemencic@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 Caltrans District 9 Scholarship winners:

J Shultz

Jamie Shultz

Cassandra Carlson

Cassandra Carlson

Sardar Khan

Sardar Khan

Douglas Moore

Douglas Moore

Colin Sprague

Colin Sprague

Lacie Jones

Lacie Jones

Caltrans District 10 Future in Transportation Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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. 

Contact: Chantel Miller at chantel.miller@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 Caltrans District 10 Future in Transportation Scholarship Winner:

Broderick Nutting

Broderick Nutting

Caltrans District 11 Disability Advisory Committee Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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.

2015 Caltrans District 11 Scholarship Winner:

Tyler Siegrist-LeBlanc

Tyler Siegrist-LeBlanc

Caltrans Division of Equipment Stanley Jacobs/PECG Mechanical Engineering Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2017

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 Fall 2017 quarter or semester, plan to pursue a career in the vehicle engineering or construction equipment engineering field. 

Contact: Angela Wheeler at angela.wheeler@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

David Braden

David Braden

Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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.

Contact: Sarah West at sarah_west@transportationfoundation.org for more information.

2016 Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Quinton Baker

Quinton Baker

Caltrans Right of Way Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2017

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

Contact: Jennifer Lowden at jennifer_lowden@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Caltrans Transportation Planning Scholarship ($1,000)

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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.

2016 Cowgill Memorial Scholarship winner:

Cowgill Schol Winner 2016

Jasmin Valles

 

CTF Board Scholarship ($2,500)

Scholarship Application Available at the Nov. 3-4, 2016 CTF Transportation Education Symposium!

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2016 are eligible to apply.

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

2016 CTF Board Scholarship Winner:

Joyce Lin

Joyce Lin

CTF Education Symposium Scholarship ($5,000)

Scholarship Application Available at the Nov. 3-4, 2016 CTF Transportation Education Symposium!

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2016 are eligible to apply.

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

2016 CTF Education Symposium Scholarship Winner:

Krista Purser

Krista Purser

CTF Graduate School Scholarship ($5,000)

Scholarship Application Due April 3, 2017

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. To apply to the CTF Graduate School Scholarship download the application by clicking here.

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

2016 CTF Graduate School Scholarship Winners:

Rosaria Berliner

Rosaria Berliner
$5,000 Recipient

Kevin Carstens

Kevin Carstens
$2,500 Recipient

CTF Heckeroth Scholarship ($5,000)

Scholarship Application Due February 15, 2017

University and community college students who have received a scholarship from CTF as a high school student and then completed their freshman year, and are enrolled as a sophomore and remain interested in transportation as a career,are eligible to apply. To apply to the CTF Heckeroth Scholarship download the announcement and application here.

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

2016 CTF Heckeroth Scholarship Winner:

Elizabeth Berry

Elizabeth Berry

Dekema Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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.

Contact: Karen Young at karen.young@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 Dekema Scholarship Winners:

Braulio Hoyos

Braulio Hoyos

Jeffrey Sun

Jeffrey Sun

Michael Mascarenhas

Michael Mascarenhas

 

Division of Engineering Services Engineering and Architectural Scholarship

The Division of Engineering Services and the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) will award $1,000 Scholarships to encourage students in pursuit of an engineering or architectural degree in the rapidly changing world of transportation. All scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant’s specific goals and achievements. 

Additional applications are available by emailing esther.morris@dot.ca.gov or by calling Esther Morris at (916) 227-6298.

2016 Division of Engineering Services Engineering and Architectural Scholarship Winners:

Lauren Posey

Lauren Posey

Marquis Seto

Marquis Seto

Alec Jobbins

Alec Jobbins

Tim Fleming Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Scholarship Application Due December 16, 2016

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. To apply to the Tim Fleming Memorial Scholarship download the application here.

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

2016 Tim Fleming Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Jasmeen Chahal

Jasmeen Chahal

G. Langsner Memorial Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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 Hisamoto at christina.hisamoto@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

2016 G. Langsner Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Tien Neil VoPham

Tien-Neil VoPham

Michael Mascarenhas

Michael Mascarenhas

 

H. Heckeroth Scholarship ($1,000)

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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 Hisamoto at christina.hisamoto@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 H. Heckeroth Scholarship Winner:

James Alex Switzgable

James Alex Switzgable

 

Hveem Memorial Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2017

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.

2015 Hveem Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Amanda Fearn

Amanda Fearn

Grant Clark

Grant Clark

 

M. Langsner Memorial Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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 Hisamoto at christina.hisamoto@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 M. Langsner Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Stephanie Sanfilippo

Stephanie Sanfilippo

 

Roberts Memorial Scholarship

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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 Hisamoto at christina.hisamoto@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 Roberts Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Carlos Plascencia

Carlos Plascencia

Kathryn Baker

Kathryn Baker

 

 

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

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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 Hisamoto at christina.hisamoto@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

2016 Sudhaker Memorial Scholarship winner:

marquis-seto

Marquis Seto

Transportation Scholarship ($1,000)

2016 Application Deadline has Closed. Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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 Hisamoto at christina.hisamoto@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

2016 Transportation Scholarship Winners:

Briteney Williams

Briteney Williams

Spencer Ortega

Spencer Ortega

 

Pat Weston Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarship Application Due April 22, 2016

CTF and the California Department of Transportation, Planning programs are offering one $1,000 scholarship. 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 4 year university or college in Planning or a related field, and plan to work in Transportation Planning upon graduation. Click here to download the Pat Weston Memorial Scholarship Announcement and Application.

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

2014 Pat Weston Memorial Scholarship Winners:

David Van Dyken, Mineta Transportation Institute

Hector Rangel, Mineta Transportation Institute

Sally L. Wyatt Memorial Scholarship

2016 Scholarship Application Coming Soon!

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

2014 Sally L. Wyatt Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Brandi Lepper

Brandi Lepper

Eli Karami

Eli Karami

April Zebarjad

April Zebarjad

 


 

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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