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IBTTA Foundation Launches HBCU Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships Available For Students Attending HBCU Schools

The application period is now closed. Please check back soon for more information on the 2021 program.

2020 HBCU Scholarship Awards Ceremony

The IBTTA Board of Directors Winter Meeting began with the HBCU Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Three students, who are attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), were each recognized for winning one of the $5,000 scholarship awards funded by donations of IBTTA members. View the Awards Ceremony on the IBTTA YouTube page.

About the Scholarships

The IBTTA Foundation and the Task Force on Diversity, Social and Racial Inclusion recognize the importance of supporting higher education to strengthen our industry; and the necessity to provide more opportunities for mentorship and leadership in the transportation tolling industry. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and support Black students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who are pursuing academic degrees that can lead to a rewarding career in transportation. This scholarship reflects IBTTA's commitment to fostering diversity in the tolling industry. In 2020, through a competitive process, three $5,000 scholarships are being awarded to students who submit their applications by November 20, 2020. Awards will be given before the end of the year.

In 2021, the HBCU scholarships will become part of the IBTTA Foundation Scholarship program.


Scholarships shall be awarded to students who are in an academic degree-granting program at an HBCU that is accredited by a nationally or regionally recognized accrediting agency, as defined by the United States Department of Education with respect to United States academic institutions, and as defined by the pertinent comparable body for academic institutions outside the United States.

The Details

Application Guidelines and Instruction

To be considered, all applications must be complete and include ALL of the following:

  • Completed scholarship survey form.
  • College or university transcripts.  Transcripts that have been downloaded, screenshot, or printed and scanned directly from the applicant’s college or university website are acceptable for the submission of the scholarship application.  However, the IBTTA Foundation must receive official transcripts directly from the student’s university before scholarship funds can be released to scholarship recipients.  
  • An overall grade point average of at least 2.5 for undergraduate programs; and completion of freshman year.
  • Coursework for majors or concentration of study in engineering (civil, mechanical, IOT, electrical, or computer), land use and planning, intelligent transportation systems, construction management, finance, accounting, public administration, business management, marketing, or law.
  • Two recommendations from the following: a professor, academic advisor, a community organization where you have worked or volunteered, an employer or a person who is not related to the applicant.
  • A typed essay of 600 words(max) introducing yourself and answering the following question: “What are your views on our nation’s transportation needs by the year 2030? How might those needs impact mobility and what role will you play?”


Submission Guidelines
  • Applications must be complete and submitted in Microsoft word or pdf format.

  • Application deadline is by Friday, November 20, 2020 by 5:00 pm wherever the applicant resides.  NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.

  • Only completed applications that are received by the published deadline will be considered by the IBTTA Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Application Evaluation Committee (the “Evaluation Committee”).

  • Please be sure to follow all instructions carefully as follow-up calls will not be made.



Notice of Scholarship Award
  • Initial notice to scholarship finalists will be sent via email to the email address provided on the application.  

  • The IBTTA Foundation requires that each finalist complete and return an Enrollment Verification form, signature of promotional release form, and an official photograph. The scholarship is not officially awarded until finalists return the required documents.

  • The scholarship will not be officially awarded if the Enrollment Verification and Promotional Release forms are not returned by the deadline that will be given to the finalists. The Enrollment Verification form must be filled out by the Registrars Office for the HBCU in which the applicant is enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year.  If the Enrollment Verification and Promotional Release forms are not submitted before the deadline, the scholarship offer will be withdrawn. Exceptions to this policy may be considered on a case by case basis and at the sole discretion of the IBTTA Foundation. 

  • The Final Notice of Award will be sent to each recipient via email after the verification process is complete.

  • The scholarship payment will be sent directly to the HBCU on behalf of the IBTTA Scholarship Recipient. The Recipient must also provide the HBCU’s Bursar’s full contact information: mailing address, telephone number, and the Recipient’s school identification/account number. 

Final Award Requirements
  • Final Notice Award letters will be sent to recipients in December 2020 via email and the U.S. Postal Service. 

  • Proof of enrollment must be sent by the HBCU’s Registrar’s Office directly to IBTTA Foundation at which the applicant is enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year.  

  • All scholarship money will be disbursed directly to the school upon official verification of enrollment in the 2020-2021 school year. The Bursar’s mailing address and the Recipient’s school account or ID number must also be provided so that the scholarship can be properly accredited to the Recipient’s financial account.

  • This scholarship award is based on information provided by the Applicant and as verified by the HBCU. Should any qualifying information change after the application is submitted, the Applicant is required to notify the IBTTA Foundation as soon as possible. Failure to update IBTTA on the change of qualifying information might void the award of this scholarship which is at the sole discretion of the IBTTA Foundation.