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National Summer Transportation Institute

student on driving simulatorThe National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) is a STEM education program designed to encourage middle and high school students to pursue careers in transportation. It offers a fun mix of hands-on activities, field trips, and speakers, SAT prep and activities that promote self-awareness.

NSTI has been so successful that in January 2021 Morgan State University was honored by the Council of University Transportation Centers with a national award for workforce development. NSTI has been instrumental in introducing students to a university campus, lab experience, lectures from faculty, and campus life.

Students receive a full scholarship that covers the entire cost of attending the program. Each participant receives a stipend upon completion of the program.

NSTI is open to:

Middle school students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grades and high school students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grades. Students should have at least a 2.5 GPA (middle school students can use this GPA calculator) and high school students should have completed or be qualified to enroll in pre-algebra. The online application will have a place to upload:

  • an official transcript (or report card for middle school students)
  • a 500-700 word essay that describes your career objective(s), interest in transportation, and how NSTI can help you achieve your goals.
  • one letter of recommendation from a math, science, or technology teacher

NSTI's Partners

NSTI is funded by the NTC, the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Civil Rights, Maryland State Highway Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Christol Medley at Phone: 443-885-3969 or