The Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship

The Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship was established in 1981 by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (“WTS”) to encourage women to pursue career paths in transportation. The scholarship is awarded to women pursuing graduate studies in transportation or a related field. 

In memory of Helene M. Overly, the first Executive Secretary of WTS, the Board of Directors voted to name the annual WTS graduate scholarship, the Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship, to honor Helene for her dedicated service to WTS.  Helene became a WTS member in 1981.  She brought with her 15 years of experience in public service, tremendous organizational abilities, and a spirit of determination that helped WTS nearly double its membership in two years.   

The Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship is in the amount of $2,000.  The minimum criteria for selection are as follows: 

a.   Open to women;

b.   GPA of 3.0 or higher;

c.   Currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in a transportation-related field, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance or logistics; and

d.   Plans to pursue a career in a transportation-related field     

Applications must be submitted through local WTS chapters. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant’s specific transportation involvement and goals, job skills and academic record.  Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.  National awards will be presented on May 20, 2010 and attendance at awards dinner is strongly recommended.  Local WTS chapters may have their own requirements (such as personal interviews, GPA or statement). 

If interested in applying, please return the completed application to: 

Ms. Birgit Olkuch

1003 Ferdinand Street

Coral Gables, FL 33134 

Applications must be returned no later than November 23, 2009 and are available on the Student Portal, along with a flyer giving details.