ITE Legacy Program

ITE launched the ITE Legacy Program in October 2016 as a way to help fulfill ITE’s mission of “shaping the future of the profession and transportation” by supporting the growth of its future leaders. The goal of the Legacy Fund program is to help develop the next generation of leaders in ITE and the transportation profession. The ITE Legacy Program has two primary components, the ITE Legacy Fund and ITE Legacy Gifts.

ITE Legacy Fund

The ITE Legacy Fund accepts donations—from small to large—to help support student and younger member activities. This year these funds will support students participating in Student Leadership Summits and provide scholarships to participants in the LeadershipITE program. Over time we hope to expand the reach of these funds by supporting a wider variety of efforts.


ITE Legacy Gifts

ITE Legacy Gifts are significant donations or estate gifts designated for specific purposes and are meant to create a lasting legacy. ITE Legacy Gifts currently include the Theodore Matson Fund, the Harold Hammond Fund, the Allen and Valerie Swanson Travel Fellowship Fund, and the Fred Gorove Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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How to Donate to the ITE Legacy Fund

The easiest way to donate to the ITE Legacy Fund is through members’ electronic dues renewal notice.

For other ways to contribute, please contact ITE Membership Senior Director Colleen Agan at or 202-785-0060 ext. 127.

Contributions to the ITE Legacy Fund are tax deductible.  Support the Legacy Fund Today!


2018 LeadershipITE Scholarship Recipients

At the 2017 LeadershipITE graduation, International ITE President Shawn Leight announced that due to the generosity of our members at large and the establishment of the Fred Gorove Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Legacy Program would be supporting two LeadershipITE scholarships in 2018. The ITE Legacy Program Oversight Committee is pleased to announce that it is now able to award not two, but three scholarships for the following individuals to participate in the 2018 LeadershipITE program:

Fred Gorove Scholarship Recipient:

Daniel Brooks Helms, P.E., PTOE
Traffic Safety Engineering Manager
Mississippi Department of Transportation
Jackson, MI, USA

Legacy Fund Scholarship Recipient:

Dimitra Michalaka, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor
The Citadel
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Charleston, SC, USA

Legacy Fund Scholarship Recipient:

Carissa McQuiston, P.E.
Non Motorized Safety Engineering Specialist
Michigan Department of Transportation
Lansing, MI, USA

Read more about these recipients in the December 2017 issue of ITE Journal.


How to Apply for ITE Legacy Program Scholarship

If you are interested in applying for one of the prestigious ITE Legacy Program scholarships next year, the applications will be due to ITE Headquarters, along with the LeadershipITE applications, in mid-October 2018. Scholarship recipients are selected by ITE Legacy Program Oversight Committee based on individual’s applications and letters of support from employers and mentors that describe why they deserved this honor.

Visit the following link to apply. If you have questions or need more information, contact


ITE Legacy Program Committee

The ITE Board of Direction established an ITE Legacy Program Committee in conjunction with the ITE Past Presidents’ Table to work with the ITE Executive Director and CEO in overseeing the administration of the available funding and to establish annual program priorities. The Legacy Program Committee is chaired by the Immediate ITE Past President, currently Shawn Leight, and includes four other ITE Past Presidents—Dennis Christiansen, Jenny Grote, Zaki Mustafa, and Hibbett Neel.


Fred Gorove Memorial Scholarship Fund

Christopher M. Tacinelli, P.E., Principal, Gorove/Slade Associates, Inc., announced the Fred Gorove Memorial Scholarship Fund, the most recent ITE Legacy Gift, at the Joint ITE/CITE 2017 Annual Meeting and Exhibit. Gorove-Slade, Inc. established this new scholarship fund to memorialize co-founder Fred Gorove, who passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017 after a brief illness at the age of 80. He was one of Gorove-Slade, Inc.’s founders, its long-time President, and a colleague and friend to many in the industry. Fred, a native Chicagoan, moved to Washington DC in 1969 and, with his colleague Lou Slade, founded Gorove/Slade Associates in 1979. Fred's influence on his profession was profound. He was one of the first Traffic Engineers, a branch of civil engineering that developed as a separate discipline in the 1950s, and his work expanded the footprint of the profession. He willingly mentored generations of up and coming engineers. In 2007, Fred and Lou sold Gorove/Slade, and after 28 years at the controls, Fred stepped down as President. He maintained an office at the firm, threw himself into a parking-related venture, and—in his words—enjoyed "watching the youthful energy of the new owners as they continued to build the firm and provide professional services."

In announcing the scholarship, Chris stated, “Gorove/Slade owes an unpayable debt to Fred for shaping its culture—one focused on client service, shared success, and personal growth. We will all miss Fred's presence in the halls of 1140 Connecticut. We will never forget the impact he's had on our profession, our firm, and our lives.”

Gorove-Slade’s gift in Fred’s honor supports a LeadershipITE scholarship annually, for a minimum of 10 years.