Each year, the Greater Kansas City chapter of WTS International offers scholarships to young women pursuing graduate or undergraduate studies in transportation or related fields, including engineering, planning, aviation and logistics. At their annual awards banquet on April 25, the group awarded Kaitlyn Service, transportation planner at MARC, the Helene M. Overly Graduate Scholarship. Kaitlyn is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Kansas.
“I’m incredibly honored to receive this scholarship,” Kaitlyn said. “It’s going to allow me to grow in this profession and continue working toward improving the way people move through the city, especially using nonmotorized modes. Walking and biking offer a unique way to interact with the community and I want to make it easier and safer for people to do that.”
Adeyoyin (Tobi) Ima, an undergraduate student studying civil engineering at the University of Kansas received the Sharon D. Banks Undergraduate Scholarship and several WTS-KC members were honored for their leadership in 2017.
WTS International was founded in 1977 by a group of pioneering women in transportation who realized that women’s careers would benefit from professional development, encouragement and recognition to support their advancement in transportation professions. Now, after more than 40 years of growth and development, WTS is an international organization with more than 6,500 members (including women and men) and 79 chapters, including the Greater Kansas City chapter.