About the COMTO North Texas Scholarship Program

The COMTO North Texas Scholarship Program with a 501 (c) 3 status supports our strategic goal of ensuring the continuing legacy of minorities in transportation.    Our primary goal is to award scholarships to worthy students for the pursuit of higher education who are pursuing various careers in the transportation industry, and the scholarship awardees are represented in many academic backgrounds.

COMTO annually awards multiple scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,500 each to minority graduating high school students from the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas region with at least a 2.5 GPA.

 We continue to promote our mission by supporting and developing the next generation of transportation industry leaders. Due to COVID-19, many of our students have been adversely impacted educationally and economically.

As we all navigate and plan for the future, it is imperative that our Scholarship Program thrives. We thank our partners for their help in supporting our Scholarship Program to support the education of our next generation of transportation industry leaders and ease their financial burden.

COMTO North Texas Chapter Accepting Scholarship Applications for 2021

The North Texas Chapter Scholarship Committee is currently accepting the submission of scholarships for consideration for the coming 2020-21year.  The deadline for accepting applications is March 31, 2021 at 11:59 CST.



  • Applications and required documents must be submitted via email by the March 31, 2021 application closing date.  
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
  • Applicants must be enrolling at an accredited college, university, or vocational/technical institution for the coming fall academic term.

North Texas Chapter Application Key Dates:

Applications open:  Applications are currently being accepted (click here for application)

Application deadline:  March 31, 2021

Applicant Notification:  April 30, 2021

Scholarship Awards Reception: June 2021 (More info to follow)


Should you have questions or concerns, please email Renee’ Edwards, Scholarship Chair.

Application Requirements


The fillable scholarship application should be completed, signed letter that introduces the applicant and describes their goals and transportation-related career aspirations. 



The applicant will write (3) three essays with a maximum of 500 words for each essay topic as defined in the application.  Each essay shall be separate with the topic title displayed at the top of the page, typewritten using Times Roman size 12 font.  The applicant’s first and last name, email address and telephone number shall be placed in the upper right corner of each essay.



Submit a video (30 seconds to 2 minutes in length) and answer (3) three questions without music or background interference. The applicant may not include inappropriate language, i.e., obscenity, derogatory or crude language of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group. The video may be produced in a MP4, MPEG, MOV, AVI or WMV format on a phone, computer, tablet, or any other MP4 video-enabled camera.



Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

Document the extracurricular activities and clubs that the applicant has participated in during the past four years. 


Community Service and Honors and Awards

Document the community service projects that the applicant has participated in during the past four years.


Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation must be submitted on official letterhead with the recommender’s contact information.  The letter of recommendation must have been written within the last 6 months, must be dated, and signed, and may be provided by a teacher, counselor, academic advisor, administrator, clergy, community leader, an employer or community organization where the applicant has worked or volunteered. The individual submitting the letter should state how he or she knows the applicant and their ability to benefit from the scholarship.   Letters of recommendation from family members will not be accepted. 



Graduation Photo or Head Shot 

Submit a graduation photo (not proofs) or recent headshot suitable for printing in organizational publications



Submit an official high school transcript (stamped and signed by an authorized school official) shall be sent separately via email by the applicant’s high school’s authorized official.



2,500 Scholarship Recipient

Jackson Carter

Jackson Carter is a graduate from JJ Pierce High School in Richardson, Texas.  Mr. Carter is excited to become an Aggie where both of his parents attended, and his brother is currently attending.   He will be attending Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in Business Administration and Finance.

1,500 Scholarship Recipient

Maya Havens

Maya Havens is a graduate from Central High School in Keller, Texas.    Ms. Havens migrated to the United States from Russia and she discovered her passion for space, flight, and engineering on her family vacation at the Galveston Island Pier.   She will be attending Purdue University to pursue a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

1,000 Scholarship Recipient

Kiara Fletcher

Kiara Fletcher is a graduate from LV Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas.  Ms. Fletcher is passionate about taking on the STEM challenge and making an impact.    She will be attending North Carolina A&T State University to pursue a degree in Biomedical or Mechanical Engineering.

1,000 Scholarship Recipient

Fernando Castaneda

Fernando Castaneda is a graduate from John A. Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie, Texas. Mr. Castaneda is interested in designing airports and affordable housing. He will be attending the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue a degree in Architecture.

1,000 Scholarship Recipient

Ebony Moss

Ebony Moss is a graduate from DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas.   Ms. Moss is excited to begin her journey and achieve her goal so that she can be productive professionally and give back to the community where she will live.   She will be attending Prairie View A&M University to pursue a degree in Business Administration.