Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

January  5, 2011

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Community College Fellowship Program provides funding for the pursuit of an Associate Degree in transportation related fields. The program objective is to attract qualified students to the fields of transportation education and research, and advance transportation workforce development. The program is intended to help upgrade the scope of knowledge of the entire transportation community in the United States and encompasses all modes of transportation.

PROGRAM PURPOSE

The purpose of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Community College Fellowship Program is as follows:

  • Fellowships are intended for students pursuing transportation-related degrees at a 2-year college who plan to enter the transportation workforce as a technician or continue their educational pursuits at a 4-year institution and enter the transportation profession upon completion;
  • Simulate interest among 2-year college students to conduct transportation-related research; and
  • To serve as a feeder to all other Eisenhower fellowships.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must have at least one full academic year remaining in their program of study and must be enrolled for the entire academic year.
  • Applicants to the Fellowship program can be from a variety of academic programs related to the transportation field. For a complete list of programs reference page 7 of this document or visit: www.fhwa.dot.gov/ugp.
  • Foreign students applying to the program, who are not US citizens, must provide a certified copy of their student I-20 ID or I-551 Permanent Resident Card that is issued by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

TENURE OF FELLOWSHIP

  • Duration of the fellowship is 9 to 12 months in a single academic year.
  • Fellowship recipients are eligible for funding only during the months of full-time enrollment in undergraduate degree programs, or during on-site research projects or internships with approved transportation agencies.
  • During the tenure of the award, the recipient must maintain satisfactory academic performance as established by Lake Washington Technical College's Student Handbook.

FUNDING

If selected for the Academic year of 2011-12, students will be provided with tuition, fees, stipend and/or program-related expenses and travel to the TRB Annual Meeting. The amount of the funding received is variable, depending on the submitted program of study (Part 2 of Application) and is subject to review and approval by the Federal Highway Administration.

Attendance at the TRB Annual Meeting is mandatory for all fellowship recipients. The TRB meeting is held in January 2012 in Washington DC. All recipients are required to submit a 300 word presentation abstract pertaining to their research for this conference. Those selected will be required to present at the conference. Additional information will be provided to students selected for the program for planning purposes.

  • Please note stipends are taxable income and must be reported to the IRS.
  • Recipient awards are based on the ranking given, and the availability of funding.
  • All program-related expenses must be supported by receipts and invoices.
  • Any unused funds must be returned to FHWA.

SELECTION PROCESS & TIMELINE

All LWTC student fellowship applications will be evaluated by a special review panel, consisting of local and state transportation professionals. Following the completion of their review, recommendations for fellowship awards are sent to the Federal Highway Administration for review. The final decision on fellowship recipients is the sole responsibility of the Federal Highway Administration and is subject to funding availability.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011  Program Announced and Application available online for download

January 5 - February 1, 2011 Complete of application packet, including Part 1 Application form, Part 2 Program of Study essay, and supplemental materials (official college transcripts, four letters of recommendation and eligibility documents (non-US citizens only). Please note that all student applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their Program of Study with their LWTC faculty advisor. At minimum, applicants must obtain their faculty advisor's signature on the application form, prior to submission.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Student Fellowship Applications Due by 5 p.m. PST. Submit applications to Room W304 (West Building - 3rd floor).

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Student applications reviewed by LWTC Review Panel

Thursday, March 31, 2011 Fellowship recommendations sent to Federal Highway Administration Program Manager for review and final decision.

May 1 - May 15, 2011 Federal Highway Administration, U&GP Program Manager makes final selection. LWTC notifies all applicants of decision by May 15, 2011.

July 2011 - September 2011 Fellowship recipients begin program. Note: students may propose to begin their program of study Summer or Fall quarter 2011, but must be enrolled full-time, during the duration of the program.

CRITERIA FOR APPLICATION EVALUATION

The Eisenhower Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of merit. Merit includes:

  • GPA and official College Transcripts.
  • Transportation work experience, if any, including employer's endorsement.
  • Letters of Recommendation regarding the applicant's qualifications (minimum of 4 letters required).
  • Proposed plan of study (Complete Part 2 application).

DEADLINE FOR STUDENT APPLICATIONS

Applications to the Fellowship Program must be submitted no later than February 1, 2011 by 5 p.m. PST for consideration. Late responses will not be considered. Electronic or fax submissions will not be accepted. Completed applications must be submitted in hard copy format and delivered to Room W304 (located on the 3rd floor of the West Building).

LWTC STUDENT & FACULTY INFORMATION SESSIONS

Information sessions for students interested in learning more about this program will be held on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, January, 11, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in (E221U conference room, located in LWTC's East Building 2nd floor)

For more information about the Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program, please contact Dr. Jun Ho at Jun.Ho@lwtc.edu or 425-739-8337.