Education Grant Program

The NRC is now accepting applications for its Education Grant Program. The Program awards an education grant to a college, university or technical school within the United States with a railway construction, railway engineering or construction management program. It is the only association grant program specific to the rail industry.

The Program was established to positively impact the future of the railroad and railroad construction and maintenance industry and to attract promising young people to the workforce by supporting an institution’s students and its education and research efforts.

The NRC welcomes grant applications from programs that provide or are looking to provide students with a foundation that would allow them to work successfully in the rail construction and maintenance contracting industry.

  1. Award Details - In 2022 the NRC will award a $15,000 grant to the top two applicant. NRC Education grant funds are intended for targeted student educational and research purposes. Grand funds are not to be used for administrative, general fund or institution or program overhead costs.
  2. Eligibility – The grant is eligible to any college, university or technical school that has a program supporting the railroad industry, rail engineering education, construction management, or other related programs.
  3. Applications - The application process is now open. The application can be downloaded at this link. The following materials are required of all applicants:
    a. A completed Education Grant Program Application. Submission instructions are detailed on the application.
    b. A completed and signed NRC Education Grant Terms and Conditions Form. This form is included in the application pdf.
  • The NRC Education Committee will base its evaluation based on the materials submitted. Any materials submitted past the deadline are not be accepted
  • Submission Instructions and Deadline – The deadline for receiving completed applications is June 3, 2022, at 5 pm EDT.  Applicants will be informed of their application status by the July 4 holiday.  Grant application materials can be emailed to info@nrcma.org, sent via Dropbox or similar program, or mailed to the NRC at 80 M Street, SE, Washington, D.C. 20003.
  • 2019 Winners – Congratulations to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Michigan Technological University, recipients of the 2019 NRC Education Grant awards.

What our members say…

Railroad Day on the Hill is our opportunity to advocate for issues important to the industry. Personally, I look forward to this event each year because I truly believe it is essential for our perspective to be heard. I am continually amazed by the turnout, especially by our member companies. It is an honor to spend the day in Washington representing our industry, the railroads, Ames Construction and the NRC.

Curtis Bilow

Vice President, Business Development

Ames Construction

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