The purpose of this program is to increase underrepresented populations participation in the transportation profession by supporting increased diversity at the undergraduate level. Diversity in transportation is critical as practitioners seek to fully understand the transportation needs of communities in the development of equitable mobility improvements to many areas of our society.
This program is open to any U.S. high school student of African-American, Native American or Hispanic/Latino heritage with an interest in a career in transportation and seeking to study transportation engineering, planning, or in a related-field at a school with an established ITE Student Chapter. Preference will be given to first generation college students and low-income. An objective of the Diversity Scholars Program is to help those with the greatest need. Applicants eligible for Pell Grants (as determined through the FAFSA application process) will be given priority, but those not eligible for Pell Grants will still be considered.
One scholarship will be awarded annually to an eligible graduating high school senior committed to pursuing a career in transportation engineering, planning or closely related field. The student must enroll in a University with an ITE Student Chapter. Graduating high school students who are accepted into the ITE Diversity Scholars Program are eligible to continue in the program, so long as they maintain acceptable progress toward graduation in the field of transportation engineering, planning, or a related field, and fulfill the minimum established standards for GPA (specific criteria listed under eligibility requirements).