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Scholarships

 

Since its founding in 1988, The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) has awarded $1 million in scholarships through June 20, 2017. 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)

Next Scholarship Available in 2018

University students who will be entering their senior year in the 2018 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.

2017 Bimla G. Rhinehart Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Henry Hammel

Buser Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

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. 

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

2016 Buser Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Asiya Adam

Cristina Rubio

Stephen Castillo

Caleb Scrivens

Caleb Scrivens

Ryan Jackson

Ryan Jackson

Cristian Zamora

Christian Zamora

Derek Clark

Derek Clark

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

Scholarship Application due November 17, 2017.

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. To apply to the 2017 Caroline Alain-Rodman Memorial Scholarship download the application here.

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

 

2016 Caroline Alain Rodman Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Josephine Hazelton

D’juan Bush Memorial Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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.

2017 D’juan Bush Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Danielle Kay Fernandez

California Transportation Commission Scholarship ($1,000)

Scholarship Application Available at 2017 CTF Transportation Education Symposium!

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2017 are eligible to apply.

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

2017 CTC Scholarship Winner:

Fernanda Gushken

Caltrans District 1 Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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

2017 Caltrans District 1 Scholarship winner:

River Taylor

 

Caltrans District 2 Employee Scholarship Program

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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.

2016 Caltrans District 2 Scholarship winners:

Ashley Schumann

Ashley Schumann

Elsa Walsh

Elsa Walsh

Mason Young

Mason Young

Caltrans District 3 Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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.

2017 Caltrans District 3 Scholarship winner:

Legend Brandenburg

Caltrans District 4 Disabled Advisory Committee (DAC) Scholarship

Next Scholarship Application Available in September 2017.

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

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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

2017 Caltrans District 5 Scholarship Winner:

Davis Ross

Caltrans District 6/Central Region Transportation Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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

2017 Caltrans District 6/Central Region Transportation Scholarship Winners:

Fatima Escobar

Karla Barrera

Faiaz Rahman Madison Caesar

Caltrans District 6/Central Region Employee Family Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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

2017 Caltrans District 6 Employee Family Scholarship winners:

Alexander Ewing

Katherine Lee

Caltrans District 7 Adopt-a-School Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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.

2017 Caltrans District 7 Adopt-a-School Scholarship winners:

Roxana Quinones

John Pineda

 

Caltrans District 8 Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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.

2017 Caltrans District 8 Scholarship winner:

Emily Lin

Caltrans District 8 Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) Scholarship

Scholarship Application Due May 14, 2018

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. To apply to the Caltrans District 8 Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) Scholarship download the application here.

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

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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.

2017 Caltrans District 9 Scholarship winners:

Hannah Waasdorp

Noah Martinez

Clifton Yarborough

Dylan Todd

Duncan Reid

Chet Shultz

Elinelle Lee

Noah Connor-Becket

Caltrans District 10 Future in Transportation Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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: Skip Allum at skip.allum@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2017 Caltrans District 10 Future in Transportation Scholarship Winner:

Andrea Anaya

Caltrans District 11 Disability Advisory Committee Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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

Next Scholarship Available in 2017.

Caltrans District 12 and the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) will award one $1,000 Scholarship. The purpose of the 2017 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: Cindy Azima at cindy.azima@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2016 Caltrans District 12 Scholarship Winner:

Karen Pham, La Quinta High School

Caltrans Division of Equipment Stanley Jacobs/PECG Mechanical Engineering Scholarship

Scholarship Application Due November 30, 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. To apply to the Caltrans Division of Equipment Stanley Jacobs/PECG Mechanical Engineering Scholarship download the application here.

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

Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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.

2017 Children of Fallen Workers Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Adriana Lopez

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)

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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.

2017 Cowgill Memorial Scholarship winners:

Maureen McAndrew

Leonel Medina

 

CTF Board Scholarship ($2,500)

Scholarship Application Available at the 2017 CTF Transportation Education Symposium!

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2017 are eligible to apply.

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

2017 CTF Board Scholarship Winner:

Carole Wigno

CTF Education Symposium Scholarship ($5,000)

Scholarship Application Available at the 2017 CTF Transportation Education Symposium!

University students attending the CTF Transportation Education Symposium (for information about the CTF Transportation Education Symposium click here) in 2017 are eligible to apply.

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

2017 CTF Education Symposium Scholarship Winner:

David Roachford

CTF Graduate School Scholarship ($5,000)

Scholarship Application Due April 2, 2018

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 download the application here.

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

2017 CTF Graduate School Scholarship Winners:

Tiffany Chu
$5,000 Recipient

Axel Hellman
$2,500 Recipient

Josephine Hazelton
$2,500 Recipient

CTF Heckeroth Scholarship ($5,000)

Scholarship Application Due February 16, 2018.

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

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

2017 CTF Heckeroth Scholarship Winner:

 

Pouyan Hosseinialiabad

Dekema Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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: Carmen Sandoval at carmen.sandoval@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2017 Dekema Scholarship Winners:

Julia Bermudez, San Diego State University

Katherine Otsuka, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Tim Fleming Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)

Scholarship Application Due December 15, 2017

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 Winners:

Micaela Robertson and Morgan Wilson

 

G. Langsner Memorial Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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 askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

2017 G. Langsner Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Tahrima Alam, CSU, Fresno

Gina Chadergian, San Diego State University

H. Heckeroth Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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 askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2017 H. Heckeroth Scholarship Winners:

Julia Giordano, California State University, Sacramento

Justina Tran, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Hveem Memorial Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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  askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov  for more information.

2016 M. Langsner Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Stephanie Sanfilippo

Stephanie Sanfilippo

 

Roberts Memorial Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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 askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov for more information.

2017 Roberts Memorial Scholarship Winners:

Spencer Cheng, George Washington High School

Charlotte Mourad, Hillcrest High School

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

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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

2017 Sudhakar Memorial Scholarship winner:

Isabella Salgado

Transportation Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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 askrecruitment@dot.ca.gov for more information.

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

2017 Transportation Scholarship Winners:

Tatetina Holt

Ana Padilla

Pat Weston Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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.

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

2017 Pat Weston Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Cole Iwamasa

Sally L. Wyatt Memorial Scholarship

Next Scholarship Available in 2018.

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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