2017 Application Information    

The Dekema Scholarship honors the accomplishments of Jacob Dekema, District 11 Director, from 1955 to 1980.  He is credited with
shaping much of San Diego County’s freeway systems, including Interstate 805, which is named after the transportation pioneer.

The scholarship has three sponsors that are committed to excellence in transportation.  They include the Caltrans
District 11 Employees’ Committee, the California Transportation Foundation, and the San Diego Highway Development Association.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Dekema Scholarship.  This year, two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or documented international student
  • High school senior in California or student from a California state accredited college, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Pursuing or plan to pursue a course of study and career in transportation, including, but not limited to:

– Administration
– City, Regional, or Urban Planning
– Construction Management
– Finance
– Engineering
– Geography
– Environmental Studies
– Information Technology
– Public Affairs or Public Policy

Application Materials

The Dekema Scholarship is competitive and will be based upon applicants’ specific transportation goals, academic records,
and  transportation-related activities or job skills. Each applicant must submit the following materials:

  • A completed scholarship application
  • A written statement (approximately 500 words) outlining career goals
  • A letter of recommendation by a professor, teacher, advisor or supervisor
  • Latest report card for high school students or transcripts for college students
  • Proof of enrollment

Application forms may be accessed beginning April 25th at:


The completed application is due by May 12, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. 
Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Send completed applications either by:

To:  [email protected]
The e-mail subject line should include: Dekema Scholarship – Your Name

United States Postal Service:
Dekema Scholarship – Attn: C. Sandoval
4050 Taylor Street, M.S. 121
San Diego, CA  92110
Selection Process and Award Notification
A panel of transportation professionals will review all applications.  After careful review, two recipients will
be notified by May 31, 2017.  Scholarship recipients will be acknowledged in the Caltrans newsletter Freeways
and Faces and the California Transportation Foundation website. Scholarships will be awarded in the spring/summer of 2017.

Note:  The Dekema Scholarship selection process is open and competitive.  No member of the selection committee
will be related to any scholarship applicant.  The scholarship awards will be made without discrimination.
If you have any questions regarding the application process or need an application, please contact
Carmen Sandoval [email protected] or (619) 688-2556.

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