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Caltrans scholarships available to students seeking careers in transportation

Posted at 10:45 AM, Apr 06, 2021

Local college-bound high school seniors can now apply for a scholarship courtesy of Caltrans employees.

Caltrans District 5 employees and the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) are offering two $750 scholarships to high school seniors who live in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties.

The scholarships are designed for students who plan to attend a college, university, or trade school in California and pursue a career in transportation.

The field of transportation is broad and includes careers that Caltrans could potentially employ such as engineers, project managers, transportation planners, environmental planners, archeologists, land surveyors mechanics, electricians, and many others.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed District 5/CTF Scholarship Application
  • 250-500 word essay
  • Copy of high school transcripts
  • Name and phone number of a personal reference from a high school teacher, counselor, or administrator
  • Letter of reference
  • List of honors, awards, and recognition

The deadline to submit an application has been extended to May 14. Click here to download an application.

Scholarship recipients will be awarded this summer.

CTF donates 50% of the funding for the scholarships while Caltrans employee coffee and food sales provide the rest.

The program has awarded $6,750 in total student scholarships since 2017.