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2021 Foundation Scholarship Awards

About the Scholarship Fund

Through a competitive selection process, the IBTTA Foundation awards $5,000 scholarships to students who are working towards a transportation-related degree at an accredited university. This scholarship program is launched every spring and administered by Scholarship America®, the nation's largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. This year, the IBTTA Foundation chose to award one scholarship to a Graduate level student. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin. Winners of the seven 2021 IBTTA Foundation Scholarship awards are below.

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2021 Recipients

Markie Ash

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Platteville, WI

Bachelor's Degree, Civil Engineering
Expected Graduation: December, 2022

Richmond Lin Calapano

University of the District of Columbia
Washington, DC

Bachelor's Degree, Civil Engineering
Expected Graduation: May, 2022

Daniel Gentile

University of Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Bachelor's Degree, Construction Management
Expected Graduation: May, 2022

Eliud Guevara

University of Texas, Austin
Austin, TX

Bachelor's Degree, Civil Engineering
Expected Graduation: May, 2023


Tyler Kleinsasser

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, SD

Masters Degree, Civil Engineering
Expected Graduation: May, 2023

Adrian Shi

Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

Bachelor's Degree, Information Technology
Expected Graduation: May, 2023

Marquis Smalls

Hampton University
Hampton, VA

Bachelor's Degree, Marketing
Expected Graduation: May, 2023

Meet Past Recipients

88th Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Inaugural Scholarship Fund Ceremony

Recipients via video

Blake Brower, University of Cincinnati, Celeste Carmignani, Colorado School of Mines, Matthew Emery, The University of Washington, Ryan Hess, The Ohio State University, Paul Hutchinson, University of Hawaii at Manoa

86th Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Via video message

Jenson Draper at the University of Minnesota and Lyndon Chang at the University of Southern California

85th Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Inaugural Scholarship Fund Ceremony

Recipients joined us in person
Miranda Simon, North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota 
Andrew Bunn, Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia

Recipient Updates

Andrew Bunn graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University.

IBTTA has kept in touch with Andrew, who was one of the first two students to receive a scholarship through the IBTTA Foundation. Andrew had a deep interest in Intelligent Transportation Systems during school and was inspired to work in this industry. He accepted his scholarship at the 85th Annual Meeting in 2017 where he met and networked with many IBTTA member organizations. Andrew connected with IBTTA Member, RedFox ID who sponsored him to attend Intertraffic Amsterdam 2018. He became involved in the international ITS and tolling community and had two articles published in ITS International, which resulted in a video interview feature story at his school about ITS/Tolling. Andrew is currently working for VDOT in a rotational development program with a focus on planning. This position will eventually lead Andrew to a full-time position in the Transportation and Mobility Planning Division. Andrew will be attending his third IBTTA Annual Meeting & Exhibition in September of 2019.

Miranda Simon graduated with Magna Cum Laude in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State.

Since winning her scholarship, Miranda graduated in May of 2018 and began working for Alliant Engineering in Minneapolis, MN soon after. She is a Graduate Transportation Engineer in the Heavy Highways Group where they focus on plan sheet production and modeling for major roadways in Minnesota. Miranda says that it's been extremely rewarding to see her designs being built and getting to test drive on them after! In the near future, Miranda opes to go to schools in the Minneapolis area and teach kids about engineering as well as continuing to promote women in STEM, similar to events she did with the Society of Women Engineers in college.