THEA Awards Scholarships and Provides STEM Growth Opportunities for USF Engineering Students

When we sought to honor Lee Roy Selmon’s legacy by naming our toll road the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, the football legend asked THEA to do something in return. He was actively involved in mentoring students at the University of South Florida and asked our agency to commit to helping the next generation of students through advancing STEM opportunities. Our CEO, Joe Waggoner, and the team at THEA has been making good on this commitment through mentorship programs, annual paid internships to USF students, and awarding outstanding students through the Selmon STEM Scholarship program.

Each year scholarships are given for paid internships and books to students in the USF Engineering Department through the Selmon S.T.E.M. Scholarship Program (S3). The paid internship opportunities are for juniors and seniors majoring in engineering. Our interns get exposed to urban planning and work with our city partners on improving transportation throughout the region. These internships have often led to jobs at our agency upon graduation.

The Selmon S.T.E.M. Scholarship Program (S3) supports engineering students on the University of South Florida Tampa campus who are graduates of Tampa Bay area high schools. These scholarships are based on merit and financial need. With the scholarship, THEA seeks to increase the educational opportunities and exposure to transportation careers for Tampa Bay area students.