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International Transportation Foundation Awards $25,000 to Students Seeking Transportation-Related Degrees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
CONTACT: Bill Cramer, Communications Director
202-210-2962 (mobile)


Students Attending Case Western Reserve University, Penn State University, George Mason University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Oregon State University Awarded $5000 Each from the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association Foundation


Washington, D.C. – The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them, announced today this year’s scholarship recipients. Five undergraduates have been selected from across the U.S., each receiving a $5,000 scholarship. Each year IBTTA’s Foundation awards scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing degrees in a transportation-oriented field of study, including engineering; urban and regional planning; construction management; public administration; and other related fields.


“Transportation is rapidly changing across our globe. Today’s undergraduates will be the future leaders in transportation and the tolling industry,” said Patrick D. Jones, Executive Director and CEO, IBTTA. “This year’s five scholarship winners represent the best and brightest, who will no doubt be transportation change-agents as innovation and new technologies revolutionize how people move about the country and the world.”


The 2019 IBTTA Foundation Scholarship winners, all pursuing degrees in engineering, are:


  • Patricia Cheng, from Herndon, VA, attending Case Western Reserve University;
  • Jon Cowart, from Kennett Square, PA, attending Penn State University;
  • Gabriel Earle, from Fairfax Station, VA, attending George Mason University;
  • Austin Hostettler, from Hermitage, MO, attending Missouri University of Science and Technology; and
  • Allison Van Horn, from Beaverton, OR, attending Oregon State University.


“The IBTTA Foundation is thrilled to offer these five outstanding and deserving students a scholarship to enable them to continue their studies,” said Frank McCartney, Chair, IBTTA Foundation and Principal, FGM Consulting. “The scholarship program was created to assist future transportation leaders with their studies in order to move our industry forward.”


The 2019 scholarship winners will receive their scholarships during the Opening Ceremonies of IBTTA’s 87th Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on September 16, 2019.


The IBTTA Foundation’s scholarship program is 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. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.


For more information about IBTTA, please visit or contact Bill Cramer at [email protected] or 202-210-2962.


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The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve tolling. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in 23 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st Century. For more information, please visit or join us on Twitter @IBTTA or #TollRoads.