Scholarships

Since its founding in 1988, The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) has awarded $709,209 in scholarships through December 2013. 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 ($1,000)

Bimla G. Rhinehart

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. 

Please help us to raise funds for the Bimla Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship. Donate by clicking here!  

Please follow up with an email to CTF specifying that the contribution is meant for Rhinehart.

 

 

2014 Bimla G. Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Vian Somo

Vian Somo


 

Buser Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline December 15

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 download the 2014-2015 application for this scholarship click here: Buser Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline December 15

Contact: Robert McMillan at robert.m.mcmillan@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2014 Buser Memorial Scholarship Winners:

 

Cheyanne Harris

Cheyanne Harris

 

Josue Villanueva

Josue Villanueva

Marco Castaneda

Marco Castaneda

       Nathan Green

    Winner Not Pictured

Caroline Alain-Rodman Memorial Scholarship

Caroline Alain-Rodman

Caroline Alain-Rodman

Please help us to raise funds for the Caroline Alain-Rodman Memorial Scholarship by clicking here to make an online donation and indicate in the comments section that your donation is for this scholarship. 

We encourage you to attend the Focus on the Future Reception to support the Caroline Alain-Rodman Memorial Scholarship on Mon., November 17, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the 49ers Stadium, Yahoo Club, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

To register for the fundraiser reception, click here.  

To view the reception flyer, click here.

 

D’juan Bush Memorial Scholarship

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. To download the latest application Click Here

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

2014 D’juan Bush Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Ai Ling You

Ai Ling You

Jazmin Marie Stenson

Jazmin Marie Stenson

Janice Dawn Davis

Janice Dawn Davis

 

California Transportation Commission Scholarship ($1,000)

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2014 are eligible to apply.

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

2014 CTC Scholarship Winner:

Mark Laurance, Loyola Marymount University

Caltrans District 1 Scholarship

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: Betsy Totten at betsy.totten@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

2014 Caltrans District 1 Scholarship winner:

Joshua Hostler

Caltrans District 2 Employee Scholarship Program

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.

Contact: Heidi Borders at heidi_borders@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2014 Caltrans District 2 Scholarship winners:

Bryant Thorne

Bryant Thorne

Steve Ganger

Steve Ganger

Caltrans District 3 Scholarship

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.

2014 Caltrans District 3 Scholarship winner:

 

Jocelyn Millan

Jocelyn Millan

Caltrans District 5 Scholarship

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.

2013 Caltrans District 5 Scholarship Winners:

Alex Navarro

Alex Navarro

Alex Wilder

Alex Wilder

Brennan Fahselt

Brennan Fahselt

Caltrans District 6/Central Region Transportation Scholarship

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.

2014 Caltrans District 6/Central Region Transportation Scholarship Winners:

Estephanie Aquino

Estephanie Aquino

Kenton Hoshino

Kenton Hoshino

Craig Kampen

Craig Kampen

Krista Lum

Krista Lum

Dulce Angulo Amillano

Dulce Angulo Amillano

Aviel Salcedo

Aviel Salcedo

 

Caltrans District 6/Central Region Employee Family Scholarship

High school seniors related to current, former, or retired Caltrans District 6 employee 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.

2014 Caltrans District 6 Employee Family Scholarship winners:

Jackie Brown

Jackie Brown

Lindsey Greenwood

Lindsey Greenwood

Caltrans District 7 Adopt-a-School Scholarship

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.

2013 Caltrans District 7 Scholarship winner:

Joseph Montanez

Caltrans District 8 Scholarship

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

Contact: Deborah Lowgren at deborah_lowgren@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Caltrans District 8 Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) Scholarship

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: Tyeisha Prunty at tyeisha.prunty@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Caltrans District 9 Scholarship

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.

2014 Caltrans District 9 Scholarship winners:

Brooke Ross

Brooke Ross

Daniel Klemencic

Daniel Klemencic

Aaron Lamb

Aaron Lamb

 

Caltrans District 10 Scholarship

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.

Click Here for the Scholarship Flyer 

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

2014 Caltrans District 10 Scholarship Winner:

Elizabeth Berry

Elizabeth Berry

Caltrans District 11 Disability Advisory Committee Scholarship

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

Contact: Roy Flores at roy.flores@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2014 Caltrans District 11 Scholarship Winners:

Kyle Neumann

Winner Not Pictured

Emerson Revolorio

Emerson Revolorio

Alexis Felix

Alexis Felix

 

Caltrans District 12 Scholarship

High school seniors attending the Anaheim Transportation Academy and children of Caltrans District 12 employees are eligible to apply.

Contact: Shannon Flynn at shannon.flynn@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

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 combined with an ongoing paid student position assisting the design engineering and specifications engineering branches in vehicle upfitting and design duties for the Division.

Applicants must be in good academic standing (> 2.0 GPA overall and in major), must be continuing in mechanical engineering coursework for the Fall 2012 quarter or semester, plan to pursue a career in the vehicle engineering or construction equipment engineering field and have an interest in learning more about the Caltrans Division of Equipment headquarters shop in Sacramento.

Download the application for the scholarship here.

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

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 $500 – $1,000. 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.

For guidelines regarding this scholarship, including how to submit your application Click Here.

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

Caltrans Right of Way Scholarship

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 High School Scholarship

CTF and the California Department of Transportation, Planning programs are offering one $500 scholarship. The scholarship recipient must be a child or grandchild of a current Caltrans employee. This scholarship is available to a high school senior who is inspired to pursue a college degree at an accredited junior college or university in California in a transportation planning related field.

Contact: Jeffery Ng at jeffrey.ng@dot.ca.gov for more information.

Caltrans Transportation Planning Scholarship

CTF and the California Department of Transportation, Planning programs, are offering three $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: Jeffery Ng at jeffrey.ng@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2014 Caltrans Transportation Planning Scholarship Winners:

 

Kai Zhang

Kai Zhang

 

Alex Lam

Winner Not Pictured

 

Civil Engineer Scholarship

University and college undergraduate students majoring in civil engineering, who are professionally affiliated with Caltrans (interns, volunteers, student assistants, employees) are eligible to apply.

Contact: Christine Hess at christine.hess@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2014 Civil Engineer Scholarship Winner:

Jeremy Laniksmith

Jeremy Laniksmith

Cowgill Memorial Scholarship

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: Patti Smith at patti.smith@dot.ca.gov  for more information.

2014 Cowgill Memorial Scholarship winner:

Bryan Zepeda-Trujillo

CTF Board Scholarship ($2,500)

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2014 are eligible to apply.

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

2014 CTF Board Scholarship Winner:

 

Bradley Terpening 2014 Winner

Bradley Terpening

CTF Education Symposium Scholarship ($5,000)

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2014 are eligible to apply.

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

2014 CTF Education Symposium Scholarship Winner:

 

Andrina Dominguez

Andrina Dominguez

CTF Heckeroth Scholarship ($5,000)

University and community college students who have received a scholarship from CTF as a high school student in the prior year, completed their freshman year, are enrolled as a sophomore and remain interested in transportation as a career, are eligible to apply.

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

2014 CTF Heckeroth Scholarship Winner:

 

Mark Bretz

Mark Bretz

Division of Engineering Services Engineering and Architectural Scholarship

The Division of Engineering Services and the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) will award $1000 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) 227-6257.

2014 Scholarship Winners:

Elena Villaescusa Pinda

Elena Villaescusa Pinda

Kevin Holtberg

Kevin Holtberg

 

Nicholas Somera

Nicholas Somera

 

 

Tim Fleming Memorial Scholarship

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 Here

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

2014 Tim Fleming Memorial Scholarship Winner:

 

Mark Bretz

Mark Bretz

G. Langsner Memorial Scholarship

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: Christine Hess at christine.hess@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

2014 G. Langsner Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Huong Le

Huong Le

Hveem Memorial Scholarship

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.

2013 Hveem Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Stefan Baik

Seung Tae (Stefan) Baik

Hannah Rogers

Winner Not Pictured

 

M. Langsner Memorial Scholarship

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: Christine Hess at christine.hess@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2014 M. Langsner Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Brittany White

Brittany White

Roberts Memorial Scholarship

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: Christine Hess at christine.hess@dot.ca.gov for more information

2014 Roberts Memorial Scholarship Winners:

 

Christina El Dabbagh

Christina El Dabbagh

John Worthington

John Worthington

Hamed Salah

Hamed Salah

Amanda Fearn

Amanda Fearn

Grant Lee

Grant Lee

Kinsley Reinhart

Kinsley Reinhart

Kevin Holtberg

Kevin Holtberg

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

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: Christine Hess at christine.hess@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

2014 Sudhaker Memorial Scholarship winner:

Julie Quach

Julie Quach

Transportation Scholarship

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: Christine Hess at christine.hess@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

2014 Transportation Scholarship Winner:

Steve Ganger

Steve Ganger

 

Pat Weston Memorial Scholarship

CTF and the California Department of Transportation, Planning programs are offering three $750 scholarships. The employee 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 Baccalaureate 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.

Contact: Jeffery Ng at jeffrey.ng@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

The Sally L. Wyatt Memorial Scholarship is named after the late Sally Wyatt who was a former auditor for Caltrans Audits and Investigations.  The Scholarship was established in 1990.  Scholarships range from $500 – $1000 for students who are majoring in or plan to persue 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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