Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) is an internationally known organization that attracts, sustains and strengthens women, and their connections to the transportation world. WTS chooses a recipient for their annual scholarships and this year our very own Amruta Sakalker received the Wanda J. Schafer Award.
The Wanda J. Schafer scholarship is awarded to a female graduate student maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher, who is enrolled in a grad school program in the transportation-field, such as engineering, planning, finance, or logistics in a Texas or Oklahoma school. The scholarships are very competitive and are based on not only academics but the candidate’s goals and involvement in the field.
The award is named after Wanda J. Schafer as she was the first president of WTS for the Greater Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter and also for all of her contributions to WTS. Wanda came into WTS in 1989 with 20 years of experience in the transportation and planning world, ready to get the ball rolling. Within her first two years as President, Wanda had doubled the membership count.
Ms.Wanda Schafer was born on April 26, 1950. She was raised in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Alamo Heights High School and headed out to Texas A&M where she graduated Cumm Laude. Soon after she headed to Texas State where she studied Public Administration. She started her career at McDonald Transit Associates in 1983. After MTA, she became manager for MITS until 1988. However, in 1989 she got a position as Senior Manager for Bus Operations at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). She worked hard as Senior Manager for 16 years, and in 2013 was named Assistant Vice President of Transportation Services for DART. Her career at Dart lasted for 22 years.
Ms. Wanda Schafer recently passed this January 2019. She committed a majority of her life and passion to the transportation world and we are grateful for all of her contributions. Thank you for empowering the people around you and sharing your knowledge.