Announcing the 2019 Scholarship Award Winners!

The National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) is proud the announce the recipients of our 2019 educational scholarships.

Alexandria Puett
Matthew Heron
Andrew Chalon
Maddy Burnside
Grace Bastyr

The NRC awards scholarships each year to provide higher-education tuition assistance for children or grandchildren of employees of NRC member companies. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students at an accredited two-year college offering an associate’s degree or an accredited four-year college or university offering a bachelor’s degree. Scholarship funds are sent directly to the student at the beginning of the next term of study. Award winners must attend school for a full year following receipt of the award.

Congratulations to this year’s Maddy Burnsidescholarship winners:

  • First Place Winner - Alexandria Puett of the University of Nebraska ($12,000), who was sponsored by Herzog Contracting Corp.
  • Second Place Winners - Matthew Heron of Georgetown University ($6,000), who was sponsored by Harsco Rail, and Bailey Gerstner of Shorter University ($6,000), who was sponsored by Birmingham Rail
  • Third Place Winners - Andrew Chalon of Clemson University ($3,000), who was sponsored by RT&S, Grace Bastyr of the University of Alabama ($3,000), who was sponsored by Progressive Railroading, and Madison Burnside of Purdue University ($3,000), who was sponsored by LB Foster.

Since the NRC began awarding educational scholarships in 2013, we have provided nearly $200,000 in tuition assistance to the children and grandchildren of NRC members,” says Joe Daloisio, Track Division Manager at Railroad Construction Co. and Chairman of the NRC Scholarship Committee. “It is really gratifying to invest in the futures of these promising students and to consistently hear how much they appreciate this assistance.”

Please encourage eligible college-age children and grandchildren of NRC members to apply next year. The application period for 2020 NRC scholarships will open next summer.

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 NRC Scholarship Application, or the upcoming 2020 NRC Conference in San Diego, please do not hesitate to contact me at mmcgonagle@nrcma.org or (202) 975-0365. You can also visit our website at www.nrcma.org for more information.

What our members say…

“The NRC, aside from being the voice and representation of the railroad contracting industry, provides many great benefits to its members. One such benefit is our annual tuition assistance or Scholarship program. Since 2013, the NRC has offered this program to eligible children and grandchildren of NRC member companies. This past year, we were able to provide assistance to (6) students totaling $33,000. It is an honor to be a part of this and is truly gratifying to be able to invest in the futures of these promising students and to consistently hear how much they appreciate it.”

Joe Daloisio

Track Division Manager

Railroad Construction Co.

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