In 2004, ITE Western District created a Data Collection Fund to encourage Student Chapter involvement with the profession. This program is specifically aimed at creating interest in transportation through practical activities and mentoring.
Each year, the Student Endowment Fund supports up to four data collection projects. A Request for Proposals is issued in the fall, and selected student chapters are notified in January. Data collection projects can begin in the winter and must be completed by June 1 of the year.