• COMTO mentors students


    Minority Transportation Officials award scholarships: Jillian Greene, Truan Le, Ed Hillhouse (executive director of East-West Gateway Council of Governments), Byron Dyer, Gwen Crimm of Construction Careers Center, Rose Lucas of MoDOT, Rhonetta Brazzill of Metro, Felicia Miller Harris of Added Dimension, Marteana Davidson, Steve Lewis (VP of AGC St. Louis), Willard Moore, Kobi Key, Kevin Triggs of EWGCG, Shirlyn Myles of MoDOT, Mary Ann Taylor Crate - owner of Added Dimension, and Elke Campbell of Metro. Photo by Lois Ingrum

    Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:05 am 

    By American staff

    The St. Louis chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) honored four high school graduates with the 2013 COMTO Scholarship Award at the Engineer’s Club of St. Louis on June 6.

    The students honored were Jillian Greene of Hazelwood East High School, Kobi Key of Webster Groves High School, Truan Le of Gateway Stem High School and Willard Moore of Clyde C. Miller Career Academy.

    Each student receives a $500 scholarship, a free COMTO membership for one year, as well as a designated COMTO Mentor for the 2013-2014 school year. 

    To qualify for the scholarship, a student must reside in the St. Louis metropolitan area, major in transportation or related fields and be a member of the minority community. They must also have been accepted in an accredited college in Missouri or the southwestern region of Illinois or any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the United States.

    “Our primary focus is to provide the students in the region the financial, mentoring and emotional support they will need to become successful future St. Louis city planners, engineers and contracting business owners,”  said Shirlyn Myles, COMTO St. Louis chapter president.

    “We are trying to create homegrown professionals that will contribute to the future infrastructure of the region for decades to come.”

    COMTO’s mission is to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education and professional development. Its vision is “to see the diverse faces of America equally reflected in all levels of the transportation industry.”

    For more information, visit www.comto.org.


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