Applicants Sought for LRW Scholarships

The deadline for both is July 9.

The $3,000 Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a woman pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree and seeking to further her career in the rail industry. It honors the memory of former LRW President Connie Sumara, a LRW founder and the group’s longest-serving President.

Among the eligibility requirements: The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; be currently employed by a railroad or railway-related business (such as a supplier) for at least 12 months; and be currently enrolled, at a minimum, as a part-time student (six-hours per spring and fall semester) at an accredited/post-secondary institution leading to an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. Additionally, applicants in any field of study may apply, though the degree must support a career in the rail industry.

The $2,000 Future of Railroading Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree, with an interest in supporting the rail industry.

Among the eligibility requirements: The applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be currently enrolled, at a minimum, as a part-time student (six-hours per spring and fall semester) at an accredited/post-secondary institution leading to an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree. Applicants in any field of study may apply.

Visit the LRW site to apply for either scholarship. Recipients will be notified by August 9.

“We value, support and encourage those aspiring for greatness and self-betterment within our industry,” LRW Scholarship Chair Crystal Gitchell said. “These scholarships represent incredible industry support from our corporate partners who are invested in the success of these candidates.” 

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