Conference on Minority Transportation Officials Northern California


By Kia Croom, Contributing Writer

The Conference on Minority Transportation Officials Northern California (COMTO NorCal) Chapter hosted its 11th annual Scholarship and Industry Awards Dinner Friday Dec. 5 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

The event celebrated leaders in the transportation industry and recognized one rising Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Jesus Vargas of VSCE, Inc.

The conference also gave scholarships to five college students.

Those receiving scholarships were Vanessa Hernandez, a student at UC Berkeley; UC Davis student Morgan Wilson; and UC Berkeley student Jovan Robinson. Natalie Laconsay, a student at California Maritime Academy, and Jasmeen Chahal of California State Sacramento University received “Award of Merit” scholarships.

“The scholarships will help these students continue their pursuit of higher education,” said Sheila Evans-Peguese, Chairperson for the COMTO NorCal Scholarship Committee.

“In 11 years, COMTO has given out close to $200,000 in scholarships to 145 college students,” she said. “We are proud to support minority students pursuing careers in the transportation industry.”

COMTO was founded in 1971 at Howard University. There are 39 chapters with more than 3,000 members throughout the country. Members include individuals, organizations, transportation agencies, nonprofits and historically underutilized businesses (HUBs) involved in the transportation industry.

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