Inside Seven
Current Issue: September 2014
Paula Durham, left, presents student Danee Burrman with a $1,000 scholarship as part of District 7's High School Scholarship Program.

by  Jeanne Bonfilio
Issue Date: 12/2008

Division of Design presents $1,000 to the California Transportation Foundation to support high school students pursuing a career in transportation.

Caltrans District 7 Design Division recently showed their support to the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) and to the next generation of transportation leaders by providing scholarships to college students, and in some cases high school seniors, pursuing transportation careers. For many years, District 7 has participated in awarding scholarships to qualifying undergraduate students with a civil engineering major, an interest in pursuing a career in transportation, or who is working or has worked as a student assistant or intern at Caltrans.

This year, District 7’s Division of Design High School Scholarship Fund recently presented a $1,000 scholarship to student Danee Berman from International
Polytechnic High School in Pomona. Paula Durham, of the district’s Design Division and the scholarship fund coordinator, explained that funds were raised by selling special “Fund Cards” for several participating local restaurants, including Sbarro, Quiznos Sub and California Pita.

Durham said she appreciates all of the teamwork associated with this effort. “I would like to thank District 7 Director Doug Failing, Deputy District Director Raja Mitwasi and all of the the deputy district directors for supporting the fundraisers,” said Durham, “along with the following people who helped to sell food cards: Jayne Gerber, Aziz Elatter, Sandra Elatter, Jim White, Ralph Ricketson, Rhondora Cristobal, Ron Gonzales, Thu Nguyen, Zoe Yue, Norma Acevedo, Rosalyn Layton, Mary Guzman, Judy Pouncy, Mary Schultz, Debbie Padilla and Jim Messenger. Everyone did a great job!”

In the past, the CTF has awarded numerous scholarships totaling tens of thousands of dollars. Seven $1,000 annual scholarships came from CTF-endowed funding and the rest were funded through contributions from the transportation community. The number and amount of scholarships vary each year.

The CTF may accept contributions from anyone or any organization – and is not a membership organization with a dues structure. The program is directed by an 18-member board of directors and an executive officer, former District 7 Director Heinz Heckeroth. Pledge donations through the State of California Charitable Campaign (SCECC) can be designated to CTF, through organization code 16017. This information can also be found in the SCECC donor resource guide

Caltrans employees are encouraged to support the student scholarship program. To become a partner with CTF in the scholarship program, please send a check to CTF, designated for Caltrans District 7’s High School Scholarship Fund. This qualifies all contributions for a tax deduction. CTF is a 501(c) non-profit organization.

Caltrans thanks all employees who have given their support to this important program. For more information, please contact Paula Durham at 213-897-1875 or Judy Pouncy at 213-897-0919.