The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Washington State is dedicated to the development and advancement of individuals interested in careers in transportation. COMTO WS offers scholarships each year to students who are pursuing their education in transportation-related fields. The chapter designs its scholarship programs to diversify the transportation profession and increase access to careers for those with limited means. Multiple scholarship awards are available.

COMTO WS is pleased to offer the following scholarships:

  • Mt. Baker Leaders Scholarship
  • Washington State Ambassador Scholarship
  • COMTO Washington State Founders Scholarship
  • Mt. Rainier Graduate Scholarship

COMTO WS will award up to 18 scholarships in 2021 to students who express an interest in pursuing college studies in a transportation-related field. The scholarship award is for use for tuition;* disbursement is directly to the college, university or vocational institution.

Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 31, 2021.

Eligible applicants will, at a minimum:

  • Be a graduating high school senior or current post-secondary student entering as a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student, enrolled in an accredited college, university or a vocational/trade school.
  • Be in good educational standing with at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA.
  • Be a permanent resident of Washington state (may attend college outside the state).
  • Be a U.S. citizen, VISA or green card holder with authorization to attend school in the United States.
  • Complete the full COMTO Washington Scholarship Application and submit said application prior to the deadline.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited college, university or vocational-technical institution in the term following the scholarship award (e.g. spring quarter 2021, fall semester 2021, etc.) with a major or minor in a transportation-related field.

*Tuition may also include expenses charged by the college or institution in order to take the courses such as laboratory fees, protective equipment, books, etc. Distribution of funds for such items must come from the designated institution.

Examples of transportation-related fields appear below. This list is not exhaustive, and the scholarship committee may consider other majors if the student can evidence its relation to the transportation industry.

Architecture, Aviation, Business Administration (Human Resources, Diversity, Labor Compliance, Accounting, etc.), Computer Aided Design (CAD), Computer Science, Construction Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Cultural Resources, Engineering (Civil/Chemical, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Environmental, etc.), Environmental Science, Geology and/or Geotechnical Engineering, Political Science, Program/Project Management, Procurement and Contracts, Project Controls, Public Information and Outreach, Public Policy, Security Systems, Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Vehicle Design and Maintenance, or other career fields related to transportation, subject to the consideration of the Scholarship Committee.