IAM Funds Scholarships for Transportation Rising Stars

Atiena Branch holds the $5,000 R. Thomas Buffenbarger President’s scholarship award she received at the 2015 COMTO National Meeting in Boston.

Three IAM scholarships aimed at college students considering careers in transportation were conferred at the national meeting of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) in Boston.


COMTO’s mission is to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation for minority professionals in the transportation industry through advocacy, education, training and professional development.

“This is all about the young people here today,” said IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux as she handed out the awards.

Atiena Branch was awarded the $5,000 R. Thomas Buffenbarger President’s scholarship. McKenzie Bradford and Chase Roberts each received a $2,500 Robert Roach, Jr. scholarship.

The IAM also took part in the COMTO Leadership Institute Day at Harvard University. General Secretary-Treasurer Roach spoke about the IAM’s partnership with New York’s Aviation High School and the importance of federally-funded training for high school and college students.

“The overriding issue is that we know what to do but nobody’s doing it,” said Roach. “To try to get support from other agencies is just about impossible.”