January 2023 I Will Ride Update

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Greetings I Will Riders and Happy New Year! We begin the year with some exciting news about the I Will Ride program, and many scholarships to help finance your education. You might also want to start thinking about upcoming summer internships and fellowships, as applications tend to close in the Spring!.

I Will Ride Awarded Rosa Parks Diversity Recognition from Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS)

Earlier this month, we proudly accepted the WTS – Sacramento Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award for the I Will Ride Student Outreach Program. We relaunched I Will Ride in 2020 amid the global pandemic, seeking to connect students to the California high-speed rail project through grassroots outreach and digital media. Since the relaunch we have conducted hundreds of outreach events reaching thousands of students in California and beyond. Originally, I Will Ride was born in the heart of California’s Central Valley, founded by college students who support options in mobility and transportation, and the development of California’s high-speed rail. We are proud to take their pioneering vision and continue the important work of student outreach in the transportation sector. There are various resources to learn more about I Will Ride, sign up online or email us at iwillride@hsr.ca.gov to partner with us for outreach events.

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Financing Higher Education – Opportunities in the Transportation Field

Two photos side by side. The photo on the left is four students looking at a computer screen smiling. The photo on the right is one female alone outside in front of a large student building. The woman is holding a binder and some notebooks. Are you interested in pursuing a career in rail and transportation, but worry there are not enough financial resources for your education? There are many resources to begin your search. Students nationwide can apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA provides students in college access to grants and student loans. There is also state support for post-graduate studies . Each state has different resources, such as the CA Dream Act Application, for undocumented students in California. Earlier this month, the California Student Aid Commission launched a campaign to make more students aware of the FAFSA and the California Dream Act Application.

The transportation field has a tremendous number of scholarships available at different points of the year. Some great organizations to follow for scholarship opportunities are the American Public Transportation Foundation, WTS International, local WTS Chapters, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), California Transportation Foundation, Amtrak and Latinos in Transit. There is no shortage of financial opportunities!

#WonkWednesday: Why does CAHSR Use Arch Bridges?

Drone level photo of a high-speed rail viaduct with four large concrete arches. Text on the image reads “#wonkwednesday.”Welcome to this month’s edition of #WonkWednesday! Have you ever wondered why we use arches on some of our structures? Dive into this month’s video from the Cedar Viaduct as the Authority explores the importance and purpose of arches on its signature high-speed rail structures. Dating back thousands of years, arch bridges were commonly built by stone or brick. Today, arches are constructed from concrete, as can be seen on both the Cedar Viaduct and the nearby San Joaquin River Viaduct located off State Route 99 in Fresno and Madera counties. Learn more about these fierce gravity fighting machines!


For more information about the California High-Speed Rail Project go to www.HSR.ca.gov and www.BuildHSR.com

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Call for Papers: International Virtual Conference on the Socioeconomic Impacts of High-Speed Rail

The UIC Alliance of Universities was established in 2015 under the authority of the UIC (International Union of Railways) for the development of High-Speed Rail (HSR). For the third year in a row, Professor Francesca Pagliara, member of the Alliance and Professor of transport engineering at the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering of the Polytechnic and Basic Sciences School of the University of Naples Federico II, is glad to launch the call for papers for the 3rd International Workshop on High-Speed Rail Socioeconomic Impacts. Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to Professor Francesca Pagliara, email: fpagliar@unina.it by 15 May 2023, writing in the subject “IW-HSR”. The acceptance decision will be notified to authors by 30th May 2023. No registration fee will be applied. Information about the workshop will also be available on the www.dicea.unina.it and www.uic.org websites.

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Capital Fellows Program Applications Open

Large group of people in professional business attire standing on the steps of a state capitol building and smiling. Text on the graphic reads Become a Capital Fellow A Gateway to Public Service and Leadership Applications are open csus.edu/capitalfellows Center for California Studies.The Capital Fellows Program is a nationally recognized public policy fellowship which offers unique experiences in policymaking and development in each branch of government. Capital Fellows are placed at some of the highest levels of California state government and assist state legislators, senior-level executive staff, and court administrators with a broad range of public policy issues and projects and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges.

Applications for the Capital Fellows program close on February 6, 2023, at 5pm.

The Authority is a proud partner of the Capital Fellows program having welcomed various fellows for their service year within our Communications team.

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Communications and Media Relations
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Privacy Officer
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For consultation and/or translation support, call (916) 324-1541 or email info@hsr.ca.gov.

For TTY/TTD assistance, call (800) 881-5799 or the California Relay Service at 711.

Dragados (Selma) – Field Engineer Intern (Summer 2023)

This role will be responsible for assisting the Project Manager, Superintendent, Project Engineer(s), and all other construction staff in various areas of the project. Engineering Intern will have the opportunity to apply education to a professional setting, while gaining valuable experience and skills. In this role, the Intern will learn and apply processes, and understand industry best practices and trends. Specific areas may include tracking and assistance with RFI’s; processing change orders; general project layout assistance relating to engineering plans and specs; and assisting with the project close out process.

Learn More and Apply: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/DRA1001DRAGA/JobBoard/78d2f77f-58d7-4a8a-a46e-fa96301596ab/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=d7ee1a3e-1c5a-4563-af13-cc8af3645460


COMTO National Scholarship

COMTO’s National Scholarship Program supports their strategic goal of ensuring the continuing legacy of minorities in transportation. COMTO annually awards multiple national academic scholarships, ranging from $500 to $6,000 each to minority graduate and undergraduate students from across the country. Scholarship awardees are represented in all academic backgrounds and are pursuing various careers in the transportation industry.

2023 Scholarship Timeline

Application Open: January 17, 2023

Application Deadline: April 3, 2023

Applicant Notification: June 2023

Learn more and apply: https://comto.org/programs-events/national-scholarship-program


California Transportation Foundation Wendy Tao International Smart Cities Scholarship

Wendy Tao was a business innovator, gifted scholar, and a global leader with a passion for sustainable transport and smart cities. She spent much of her career in the intersections between countries and strongly believed that sharing international experience is important for solving local transportation challenges. Through her work and life, Wendy touched and inspired so many people around her with her kindness, courage, and resourcefulness. She tragically passed away in 2022. The scholarship is open to professionals and graduate students conducting research in sustainable transport and smart cities. The research can have a national or international focus, with applicability to California.

Learn more and apply: https://apply.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarships/Wendy-Tao-ISC-Scholarship-2023



The National Passenger Corporation, also known as Amtrak, is a corporation striving to deliver a high-quality, safe, on-time rail passenger service that exceeds customer expectations. For 50 years, Amtrak has connected businesses and communities across the country and as Amtrak celebrates its 50th anniversary it looks to the next 50 years and beyond to move America’s workforce toward the future.

The Amtrak Scholarship Program provides academic scholarships to undergraduate and graduate college students who have an active interest in the railroad industry. This program has been established to provide support to help encourage academic achievement within railroad programs, ensuring a future in this industry.

Amtrak will award 11 scholarships in categories including

  • Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math);
  • Amtrak dependents;
  • Non-Technical, Engineering and IT (Information Technology) degree candidates;
  • African American, Asian Pacific American Islander and Hispanic/Latinx students.

Award amounts range from $3,000 to $5,000, and students are allowed to apply to more than one applicable category if criteria are met. Applications will be accepted through January 31st, 2023.

Learn More and Apply: https://careers.amtrak.com/content/Academic-Scholarship-Program/?locale=en_US


Railroad & Locomotive Historical Society Scholarship

The Railroad & Locomotive Historical Society (RLHS), the oldest organization in North America dedicated to the study of railroad history, offers scholarships to promote the study, at a professional academic level, of railroad history, business, engineering and operations. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $3000 each per academic year, available to both advanced undergraduate (3rd and 4th year) and graduate students.  The program is open to students majoring in history, transportation/logistics, or other majors where the student’s work has a demonstrated connection to railroad operations and/or history.

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2023.  Recipients will be awarded funding to support their tuition during the academic year 2023 to 2024.

Learn more and apply: https://rlhs.org/WP/scholarship-info/.


California Transportation Foundation

The California Transportation Foundation’s (CTF) mission is to educate the future of the transportation profession through scholarships, educational programs, mentoring, and internships. To learn more about the various scholarship opportunities offered by CTF make sure to check out their website.

Learn More and Apply: https://www.the-ctf.org/scholarships




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