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Apply now for public agency scholarships for 2023 Convention & Traffic Expo

Officials with city, county, state and federal transportation agencies encouraged to apply

ATSSA’s Public Agency and Marty Weed Engineering scholarships offer department of transportation (DOT) officials the opportunity to participate in the largest gathering of roadway safety infrastructure officials in North America.

There they can see the latest innovations in roadway safety, interact with companies that produce them and engage with industry experts on everything from pavement marking and traffic control to technology designed to protect roadway workers and interact with connected and automated vehicles.

ATSSA’s 53rd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo takes place in Phoenix, Feb. 17-21 and will include the New Products Rollout, Innovation Awards that go to the top products as judged by DOT officials, and the ever-popular Circle of Innovation where transportation officials from across the country and around the globe hear about the latest topics.

“We value the partnerships we have with departments of transportation and want to support them in providing this valuable opportunity to attend our Convention & Traffic Expo,” ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner said. “We urge transportation officials from local, state and federal agencies to apply for the scholarships that help them take advantage of this great event.”
 

ATSSA is offering more than 100 scholarships to public agency officials to attend the 2023 Convention & Traffic Expo.

Public agency officials at city, county, state and federal agencies are encouraged to apply for a scholarship, which provides:

  • Complimentary registration to the 2023 Convention & Traffic Expo
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses up to $1,500, including coach airfare, meals, and lodging at one of the hotels in ATSSA's room block. (Note: Hotel reimbursements are not available for hotels not included in the room block.)

Two scholarships are available – the Marty Weed Engineering Scholarship and the Public Agency Scholarship.

The Marty Weed Engineering Scholarship is named for a longstanding member of ATSSA who spent 33 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation engaged in roadway safety infrastructure. This scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for new engineers employed by a public agency who specialize in work zone safety and temporary traffic control.

Individuals meeting all of the following criteria are eligible to apply for the Marty Weed Engineering Scholarship:

  • Employed by a public agency (city, county, state or federal) as an engineer or P.E. at the time the application is submitted and
  • Have a maximum of seven years of work experience and
  • Specialize or have a strong interest in work zone safety and temporary traffic control.

Everyone employed by a city, county, state or federal agency is encouraged to apply for a Public Agency Scholarship. Preference is given based on the following criteria, which are not listed in rank order:

  • Active Public Agency membership (either Firm or Individual)
  • Previous recipient of an ATSSA scholarship
  • "Key decision makers" for the agency
  • Public agency officials employed in traffic safety/safety/work zones
  • Public agency officials committed to attending all four days of ATSSA’s Convention & Traffic Expo, Feb. 18-21. (Scholarship recipients are required to participate in all Convention activities beginning at 8 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 19 through 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21. Those who are members of ATSSA technical committees are encouraged to participate Saturday, Feb. 18. ATSS Foundation events are held on Friday, Feb. 17.)

 

Scholarship applications are due by Sept. 19. Applicants will be notified by Oct. 12. Anyone who qualifies for but is not awarded one of the two Marty Weed Engineering Scholarships will automatically be considered for a Public Agency Scholarship.

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