KCS Teaming With Louisiana College on Women’s Scholarship Program

KCS, as part of its Skilled Trade Women’s Scholarship Program, awarded a scholarship to Leah Nichole Ellis on Aug. 23. She participates in the Welding Program at NLTCC, which serves the nine parishes of the northwest Louisiana region with campuses in Mansfield, Minden and Shreveport. The Class I railroad will award two additional scholarships for the fall 2021 semester.

KCS will provide NLTCC with $1,500 per scholarship recipient per semester, and the scholarship will continue for up to two years as long as the student remains enrolled in an approved skilled trade program and maintains a 2.75 grade point average, according to KSC.

KCS Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Lora Cheatum

“The goal of this scholarship program is to increase awareness of the excellent job opportunities and increased economic stability available to women who work in a skilled trade profession,” said KCS Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Lora Cheatum, one of 24 Railway Age Women in Rail 2020 honorees. “If you want to grow professionally and know that you are making a meaningful contribution to the global economy, this scholarship opportunity is a great first step toward a rewarding career.”

“NLTCC is singularly focused on helping students achieve their educational and career objectives,” NLTCC Associate Vice-Chancellor Workforce Partnerships Gerald Joshua said. “The railroad is an important employer in northwest Louisiana, and we are pleased to partner with KCS to bring this incredible opportunity to three deserving women.”

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