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Scholarships New

ITSCA recognizes the importance of recruiting students into our industry. Each year, ITSCA offers scholarships to students who wish to advance their studies in the area of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). This academic year, three different types of scholarships are available.

ITS California (ITS CA) and California Transportation Foundation (CTF) Scholarships

AWARD: Thanks to a partner ship with California Transportation foundation, up to four scholarships to advance academic studies and careers in the field of ITS. Eligible students must be Masters/Ph.D. students in an accredited university in California, studying any ITS-related field including, for example, engineering, computer science, transportation planning, or public policy.
VALUE: $5,000 each for the 2022 – 2023 academic year.

Please click here to Application Requirements.

Deadline for applications extended to 06/17/2022

International Smart Cities Scholarship

Wendy Tao was a global leader in sustainable transportation and smart cities and a tireless advocate for diversity in transportation. She tragically passed away in 2022. In honor of her legacy, ITS California created an International Smart Cities (ISC) Scholarship 🎓 that is initially being funded through donations from Wendy’s friends and colleagues.

Eligibility – Any eligible California-based transportation student or professional with commitment and passion for global sustainability.

Application – 500-word essay to demonstrate intent to pursue transportation and/or smart cities research outside the US and transfer lessons to California.

The essay will be judged under the following criteria:

Does the applicant demonstrate a strong passion for/ interest in the transportation field?
Have they expressed a commitment to exploring equity considerations of their research?
Does the proposed research have a practical application that will further smart cities implementation?
Does the applicant explain how the global aspect of this scholarship offers specific benefits to their research?

How to apply – Email

Deadline – 06/17/2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Scholarship

AWARD: We are providing up to two scholarships to graduating high school students pursuing a post-secondary education in the field of transportation. Candidates must be accepted into an accredited 2–4-year program in California. Selection will be based on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion eligibility (e.g., low-income, race/ethnicity, religion, LGBTQ+).

VALUE: $2,500 each for the 2022 – 2023 academic year.

Please click here to Application Requirements.

Application Deadline: August 15, 2022

2020 Scholarship Award Winners

Sponsored by ITSCA & California Transporation Foundation

Soomin Woo - UC Berkeley

“With a strong determination to help build this balance, I excelled as a student in civil engineering and published numerous works in transportation in Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Eager to learn more, I entered the PhD program in transportation engineering at University of California, Berkeley. I am particularly interested in the coexistence of the emerging vehicles, such as Connected Automated Vehicles (CAVs), and the society.”

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Sam Speroni - UCLA

“I have been interested in equitable transportation of children to school since my early career as a teacher at a low-income high school. I became interested in ITS through my transportation courses in the Urban Planning program at UCLA. And I saw the power of ITS to improve society through my work analyzing HopSkipDrive, through which I have combined my professional backgrounds to work toward producing research that shows how ITS can better our children’s lives—present and future. If I were to receive it, the 2020 ITS Scholarship would help advance my work in this important area as I continue my graduate studies in UCLA’s Urban Planning PhD program.”

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Anu Kuncheria - UC Berkeley

“My decision to pursue PhD in Transportation Engineering program is to examine the inter-linkages between transportation systems and control strategies. This is part of my progressive long-term goal to build and revive transport systems and policies in cities that are close to my heart. I believe ITS technologies can help cities in better manage, control and increase efficiency in transportation.”

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Previous Scholarship Winners

  • Roger Lloret-Batlle
  • Gabriel Yu
  • Neda Massoud
  • Zoe Unruh

For additional information about ITSCA scholarships, please contact us.

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