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GORRONDONA SCHOLARSHIP: Promoting Young Women in Transportation

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Women s Transportation Seminar (WTS) is an international organization of transportation professionals with more than 5,000 members both women and men who are committed to excellence in the transportation
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Women s Transportation Seminar (WTS) is an international organization of transportation professionals with more than 5,000 members both women and men who are committed to excellence in the transportation industry. WTS seeks to close the workforce gap in the global transportation industry by promoting lifelong careers in transportation for women. By attracting, retaining, and advancing women in the industry, WTS will be the industry s most recognized worldwide network of transportation subject matter experts. Our mission is to transform the transportation industry through the advancement of women, and our scholarship program is one way that we demonstrate this support. This year, the WTS Heart of Texas chapter located in Austin, Texas is awarding four (4) scholarships of $2,500 each to young women in their senior year of high school to be used for college or trade school. Through this scholarship, WTS aims to support young women who show a strong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) related fields that may lead to a future career in a transportation-related field. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Recipients are selected based on their interest in STEM related fields, academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. To be eligible for the Gorrondona Scholarship:, the applicant must: Be a female senior in high school in the Central Texas area; Be on track to graduate in Spring or Summer 2015; Plan to attend a trade school, college or university in the academic school year; Show a strong level of commitment to and participation in a Transportation or STEM related career field; and Demonstrate financial need. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & CHECKLIST Completed application (pages 3-5 of this application form) One completed essay (page 5 of this application) Signature page (page 6 of this application) High school transcript (official) One letter of recommendation from an individual outside of your family (such as a teacher, employer, charitable organization or extracurricular activity leader) which supports your character, leadership and/or commitment to the community. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. APPLICATION SCORING CRITERIA All applications will be scored based on the following criteria: Possible Points Essay and Recommendation 30 Demonstration of Financial Need 30 Demonstration of Academic Achievement 20 Demonstration of Leadership and Community Outreach* 20 TOTAL 100 *This includes work outside of school or volunteer organizations (i.e. paid employment). Page 1 of 6 APPLICATION DEADLINE A panel of judges will review all completed applications received by February 28, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. APPLICATION MUST BE SENT IN VIA TO: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND REQUIREMENTS If you are a finalist, an over the phone or in-person interview may be conducted. Scholarship recipients will be notified mid-march. Though every effort will be made to adhere to this schedule, dates are subject to change. Applicants and/or recipients will be notified of any date changes. IF SELECTED Recipients will be required to attend the WTS Heart of Texas Annual Gala to be presented as a scholarship winner on the evening of Friday, April 10, WTS reserves the right to use photographs and/or statements of scholarship recipients in promotional materials. The scholarship will be paid once proof of enrollment in a college, trade school or university has been submitted to WTS. QUESTIONS See attached Frequently Asked Questions handout. PLEASE NOTE: Disclosure of your social security number and/or bank account information is not required for this scholarship application or additional paperwork submitted. Page 2 of 6 GENERAL INFORMATION First Name: Middle Initial: Last Name: Date of Birth: Street Address: City: State: Zip Code: Mailing Address (If different from Street Address): City: State: Zip Code: Phone Number: Address: SCHOOL INFORMATION Current High School: Grade Point Average: Expected Graduation Date: Most Recent Class Rank: SAT or ACT Score: College, University or Trade School you plan to attend: Anticipated Major/Minor: If you have not finalized your decision, please list the schools you have applied to: Have you been accepted to this program? College, University or Trade School: College, University or Trade School: College, University or Trade School: Page 3 of 6 FINANCIAL INFORMATION GORRONDONA SCHOLARSHIP: List all direct contributions to the cost of your schooling. Parents (Mother, Father, Both ) Relatives/Friends: Self: Social Security benefit: Additional Scholarship or Financial Aid Grants you have obtained Total Amount Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) based on FAFSA 1 Anticipated School Expenses, based on the most recent College, University or Trade School catalog: 1 st Semester 2 nd Semester Tuition: $ $ Fees: $ $ Books: $ $ Room and Board (if living on campus) $ $ Total $ $ Please include a brief personal statement (2-3 sentences) which demonstrates your financial need. PLEASE NOTE: Disclosure of your social security number and/or bank account information is not required for this scholarship application or additional paperwork submitted. 1 If you have not yet completed your FAFSA, you may use the U.S. Department of Education s FAFSA4Caster (www.fafsa4caster.com) to estimate your EFC. It is recommended to file your FAFSA as soon as possible in Page 4 of 6 EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION Name of Employer Location From Date to Date Hours per Week COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT List any organizations, activities, community service, and leadership positions you have participated in (insert additional rows if necessary). Please include a few words to explain your key responsibilities and leadership role. Organization Dates of Participation Position(s) Held and Responsibility SCHOLASTIC HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS Please list a maximum of three honors/awards which have been the most meaningful to you. Briefly describe why it was a meaningful honor/award to you. Award/Honor Name Date Awarded Description Award/Honor Name Description Date Awarded Award/Honor Name Description Date Awarded ESSAY Provide an essay (1-2 pages, maximum of 500 words) which addresses how your previous experiences have encouraged you to pursue a STEM or Transportation related major. If awarded the scholarship, this statement or a portion of it, may be published on the WTS Heart of Texas chapter website. Page 5 of 6 If awarded the Gorrondona Scholarship:, WTS reserves the right to use applicant s information for WTS newsletters, website and other promotional and marketing materials. SIGNATURE PAGE I CERTIFY THAT THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS APPLICATION IS TRUE. x (Applicant s Signature) (Date) Applicants under 18 years, a parent/guardian signature is required. x (Parent / Guardian s Signature) (Date) Page 6 of 6
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