education

Industry Scholarships

Golden Scholarships

Funds Available for Industry-Specific Training

ASLRRA is awarding $24,000 in scholarships to employees of small railroads, thanks to two generous donations from retired former board member Doug Golden, through the Douglas Golden-Mary Cullen Charitable Fund.

Scholarships of up to $1,200 each are available to employees of small railroads, defined as those earning $10 Million or less in annual revenues. The online application process is quick and easy, and scholarships are awarded to qualified candidates on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Scholarships may be used for industry-specific training that will help improve railroad safety & compliance practices and enhance overall operations. Eligible topics include: track, bridge, and signal inspection & maintenance; locomotive and freight car inspection & maintenance; regulatory/compliance training; and, railroad safety and operations training.

Click here to view upcoming ASLRRA training seminars for which scholarships may be used! 

Scholarships are available to employees of small railroads throughout the U.S. Special consideration will be given to ASLRRA member railroads in the southern and eastern regions. ASLRRA railroad members that meet the small railroad revenue criteria are encouraged to apply by completing the online application form. Applications must include all requested information and materials to be considered. Applicants will be contacted by an ASLRRA representative if additional information is required and once an award decision is made.

 

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*PLEASE NOTE: Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed up to $1,200 for training-related expenses, including course registration fees, travel, and. Copies of receipts and documentation of course completion must be provided.

Scholarship recipients agree to participate in a brief phone interview and provide on-the-job photos that may be published in an issue of ASLRRA's e-newsletter, featured on the association website at aslrra.org, and/or included in other print and electronic materials.

Questions, please contact Julie Duriga.  

FCENLionel Thompson, an assistant roadmaster at ASLRRA member Florida Central Railroad, received a Doug Golden Scholarship through the ASLRRA Short Line Education Fund that helped pay for an important training course.

 

AtlanticDesiree Miller of Atlantic Railways uses a track gauge to take measurements during a University of Tennessee rail inspection and safety course. Miller received a Doug Golden Scholarship through the ASLRRA Short Line Education Fund to help pay for her training.

 

Iron HorseJonathan Marshall takes track measurements during a rail inspection and safety course offered by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. An ASLRRA scholarship helped Marshall, who is a track maintenance manager at ASLRRA member Iron Horse Terminals, pay for course registration fees and other related costs.


 

 

Jake Jacobson Memorial Scholarship

ASLRRA is awarding 10 railroad training scholarships, thanks to a generous donation from the family of the late Lowell S. “Jake” Jacobson, former President and General Manager of the Copper Basin Railway.

Scholarships of up to $425 each are available to employees of small railroads, defined as those earning $10 Million or less in annual revenues. Scholarships must be used for ASLRRA hosted training in safety, compliance or leadership development. ASLRRA railroad members meeting the revenue criteria across the U.S. are encouraged to apply.

Scholarships will be awarded to qualified candidates on a rolling basis until all funds are distributed. To apply, please complete the online application form; applications must include all requested information and materials to be considered. Please pay close attention to the eligible training for which funds may be used. Applicants will be contacted by an ASLRRA representative if additional information is required and once an award decision is made.
 

APPLY NOW


*PLEASE NOTE: Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed up to $425 for a training course registration fee. A copy of the registration receipt and documentation of course completion must be provided.

Scholarship recipients agree to participate in a brief phone interview and provide on-the-job photos that may be published in an issue of ASLRRA's e-newsletter, featured on the association website at aslrra.org, and/or included in other print and electronic materials.

Questions, please contact Crystal Gitchell.  

For more information on Jake Jacobson, and the Jake Safety Award program – click here.

 

FCENJake Jacobson is shown at the Copper Basin Railway yard.

 

AtlanticEach locomotive in the short line's fleet displays a phrase coined by Jacobson to emphasize the importance of every worker.