Summer Transportation Institute

Program Dates: July July 9 – 29, 2017

Application Deadline: April 1, 2017

Program Information: The Kentucky State University Summer Transportation Institute (STI) is a three-week residential program that allows students to explore today’s top transportation industries. STI is designed to increase awareness of transportation (land, water, air) career opportunities at the secondary education level in order to encourage students to choose a career in this field.

Program Content: The STI curriculum includes hands-on lessons in building bridges, use of simulation software, competitive group activities and group presentations. Field trips to various divisions within the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offer STI participants the opportunity to speak with professionals involved in highway design, planning and construction, and to learn the many devices and methods using to manage transportation systems. Students are introduced to the social, economic, and environmental impact of transportation, and the linkage of one transportation system to another.

STI participants receive assistance in techniques that will improve math, writing, and reading skills on standardized exams such as the ACT. Health and fitness activities are integrated into the curriculum to promote physical health and wellness and enhance the interpersonal and team-building skills.

Program Eligibility: Applicant must be a resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Students entering the 9th or 10th grade, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, and completion of Pre-Algebra (or be qualified to enroll in Pre-Algebra).

Applicant Requirements: Submit a complete and signed application by the deadline of April 1, 2017, with your typed responses to the five prompts, and include two (2) teacher recommendations with an original signature, as well as your most recent school transcript or report card.

Selection Criteria: Participants are selected on a competitive basis. Applicants should have a strong math and science background and an interest in transportation. The selection committee also reviews involvement in extracurricular activities and outside interests or responsibilities; responses to the five application prompts; teacher recommendations; and school transcripts. Neatness, accuracy and following directions will also be considered.

Program Cost: All selected participants receive a scholarship valued at over $4,000 which covers all tuition, classroom supplies, and room and board.

Program Sponsors: The STI is hosted by the KSU College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems, and is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Application Forms:

This Adobe PDF form is for downloading, filling in manually and either mailing or scanning  and emailing your submission:

2017 Summer Transportation Institute Application Form

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If the applicant is selected for the program, completion of a comprehensive registration packet is required prior to program participation.

All application packages must be received or postmarked by April 1, 2017.

Selectees will be notified on or before Friday, May 12, 2017.

We will not accept application packages postmarked after the deadline.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

There will be no exceptions to this policy.