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Scholarship Program

COMTO’s college scholarship program began in 2004 and has evolved from providing three scholarships of $500 each in 2004 to $1,000 - $3,000 per student. Over the past thirteen years COMTO has awarded over $200,000 to minority students. Student’s applicants do not necessarily have to have transportation-oriented courses of study, but the scholarship essay portion of the application process required that they demonstrate a link between their career plans and the transportation industry. Scholarships are usually awarded at COMTO’s Annual December Holiday Dinner.

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Click here for the 2014 Scholarship Program awardees


During the summers of 2005, 2010 and 2013, this chapter was selected to participate in the COMTO national internship initiative, COMTO’s Inside Track for Youth (CITY) Internship Program, supported by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). College students were paid during the 10-week program and interned with regional transit agencies such as BART, AC Transit and San Francisco MTA.

Interns were given challenging and meaningful work experiences and were mentored by agency professionals. In addition to their daily assignments, the interns received valuable opportunities to interact with transportation officials during their orientation, COMTO meetings and during a recognition program.

For more information or how to apply for (CITY) internship Program go to www.comto.org.


Industry Awards Program

For the past eleven years COMTO has held an annual Industry Awards Program. The 2015 Industry Awards Program was combined with the Annual December Holiday Dinner and Dance, which took place in December at the Oakland Marriott Hotel. The Annual Awards Program acknowledged individuals, private firms and public agencies that are leaders in promoting COMTO’s mission. Industry award recipients in 2010 were:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award – LaVerda O. Allen, Founder, Principal and CEO of the Allen Group
  • Minority Business Enterprise– Ghirardelli Associates



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