Douglas Golden Scholarships

ASLRRA is awarding $36,000 in scholarships to employees of small railroads, thanks to three 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.



*PLEASE NOTE: Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed up to $1,200 for training-related expenses, including course registration fees, travel and lodging. 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, and/or included in other print and electronic materials.

Questions, please contact Sabrina Waiss.


Golden Scholarship Recipients

Click on the image to read each person's profile.


Matt Barkley, Klamath Railway
Jodie Brantley, TVRM
Kim Fisher, Iron Horse Terminals


Ross Harrison, Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad
Jonathan Marshall, Iron Horse Terminals
Desiree Miller, Atlantic Railways


Mike Poncil, Klamath Railway
Quinton Swank, Goose Lake Railway
Lionel Thompson, Florida Central Railroad