The American Traffic Safety Services Association Foundation is opening the application process for several scholarship programs focused on highlighting the need for greater roadway safety
The first is the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship, which provides post-high school education financial assistance to children and spouses of roadway workers killed or permanently disabled in roadway work zones, as well as guardians of surviving children. The application deadline for this year’s scholarship is Feb. 15.
Through help from his friends and colleagues, the Marty Weed Engineering Scholarship Fund has been established. Weed, a 26-year veteran of the Washington State Department of Transportation who was considered an “icon” in roadway safety circles, died in December from brain cancer at the age of 55.
This new scholarship, which will be administered through the Foundation, will provide funds for engineers just getting started in their careers to attend ATSSA’s Annual Convention & Traffic Expo; giving them the opportunity to strengthen their skills.
For 2019, ATSSA and its Foundation have also agreed to cover the hosting fee for up to five public agencies to host the National Work Zone Memorial in 2019 – expressly for agencies that have not previously hosted the memorial. The host application is available online, according to the groups.
Finally, the Foundation is opening up applications for its Experience Camps Travel Scholarship, which covers the traveling expenses for a child who has lost a loved one in a roadway work zone crash; a one-week camp designed to enable healing and help children cope.
“The camps themselves are free for all accepted campers, but the travel costs are not covered, and that is where The Foundation comes in to help these children attend,” said Foundation President David Krahulec, in a statement.
Families are encouraged to apply for the Experience Camp scholarships by July 1.