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2020/21 Academic Year

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, two $5,000 scholarships are available, thanks to additional partnership with the California Transportation Foundation. Eligible Students must be Masters/Ph.D. students in an accredited university in California, studying any ITS-related field including transportation planning, engineering, or data science.


Selection will be based on academic ability, stated career objectives and interests, and supporting letters of reference. International students on F-1 and J-1 visas will be considered. To be eligible, candidates must

  1. Official and most recent transcript showing courses relevant to ITS.
  2. List of courses with which the candidate is current enrolled.
  3. Proposed or current list of courses enrolled for the 2020 – 2021 academic year
  4. Evidence of registration and/or acceptance for study in an undergraduate or graduate program at an ABET-or WASC-accredited California University.
  5. Two (2) letters of reference that include assessment of the candidate’s academic ability and record, commitment to a career in the ITS and any other personal attributes which indicate that the candidate is worth of the award. The letters should also describe scholastic performance and research, work or other activities related to ITS.
  6. An essay not to exceed 500 words, covering motivation for working in ITS field(s) and describing how candidate grew interested in the topic(s). The applicability of the student’s post graduate degree to Intelligent Transportation Systems in California.

Scholarship applications are currently OPEN and DUE APRIL 3, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please email a copy of your application (PDF format preferred) to Good luck!


For additional information about ITSCA scholarships, please contact us.

Recent Scholarship Winners

Roger Lloret-Batlle, a PhD candidate at UC Irvine is studying how building and applying telecommunication and information technologies will aid development of ITS strategies. Roger’s focus is on the potential for V2V and V2I communications to evolve the way that traffic management systems (e.g., traffic signals) may operate. Specifically, his dissertation research is focused on auction-based traffic signal control—a topic that is both as visionary in its scope as it is in pushing the limits of ITS evolution.

Gabriel Yu, also a PhD candidate at UCI is focused on the study of intelligent transportation systems, specifically modeling travelers and shippers’ behavior under partial information, the framework for quantifying traveler’s information, multi-criteria dynamic traffic assignment and ITS project investment decisions under uncertainty. Gabriel has worked with Caltrans, LADOT, LA Metro, Lyft, and Uber in furthering the practical application of his research.

Previous Scholarship Winners

Neda Massoud
Zoe Unruh

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