Civil Rights

Notice for NSTI Funding

Notice of Available Grant for Educational Institution to Participate as a Host Site in the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI)

2021 Program Contact
Yareli Reeve-Mendoza

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the IOWA Department of Transportation (IOWA DOT) Office of Civil Rights are accepting applications from educational institutions to participate as a host site in the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) 2021 Program.

NSTI program objectives are to:

  • improve STEM skills,
  • provide awareness to middle and high school students about transportation careers (particularly minority, female and disadvantaged youth) and
  • encourage participants to consider transportation-related fields of study in their higher education pursuits.

NSTI host sites are required to commit significant program time to classroom instruction. The length of the NSTI program is typically 2-4 consecutive weeks. Host sites may elect to operate a day program or residential program, which room and board are provided by the host site.

The FHWA will fund the 2021 NSTI Program and IOWA DOT will administer the application process and provide program oversight to selected host sites. The proposed NSTI 2-4 week program would occur during the period beginning June 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: Funding for the program is contingent upon issuance of grant award by FHWA.


Accredited colleges, community colleges, universities, Tribal Colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Asian American Native American Pacific Island Serving Institutions (ANAPISIs) throughout the United States, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Pacific Island territories and the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to submit an NSTI application to serve as an NSTI host site.

Application Process

Academic institutions interested in serving as host sites must complete and submit their application package to Yareli Reeve-Mendoza, via email no later than October 20, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Yareli Reeve-Mendoza, External Civil Rights Administrator

Application Package

Please send your NSTI application in a Word document and the project budget in an Excel document.

Iowa DOT ensures nondiscrimination and equal employment in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other nondiscrimination statutes. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact Iowa DOT Civil Rights at 515-239-1111 or by email at


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