Congratulations to the 2022 NRC scholarship award winners: Finn McGillivray (first place), Jared Kish (second place), Grace Bastyr (third place).

NRC Announces 2022 Undergraduate Scholarship Award Winners

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) announced today the three recipients of its 2022 Scholarship Awards for undergraduate students:

  • First-Place Winner: Finn McGillivray, Saint Michael’s College, $12,000, sponsored by Middlesex Corporation.
  • Second-Place Winner:, Jared Kish, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona, $6,000, sponsored by Fritz-Rumer-Cooke.
  • Third-Place Winner: Grace Bastyr, University of Alabama, $3,000, sponsored by Progressive Railroading.

The NRC has awarded nearly $250,000 in tuition assistance for undergraduates since the awards began in 2013. The association awards the 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 degree or an accredited four-year college or university offering a bachelor’s degree.

“The NRC’s Scholarship Committee appreciates the many qualified undergraduates who applied for the NRC Scholarship this year. Their applications and undergraduate performance were impressive which made choosing winners particularly difficult,” says RailPod Chief Sales Officer Maggie Vuono, who also serves as chairman of the NRC Scholarship Committee.“Congratulations to our three winners, to Finn, Jared and Grace.”

The NRC is a U.S. trade association that advances the mutual interests of railway contractors and suppliers who construct, maintain and supply freight railroads and rail-transit and passenger lines. Founded in 1978, the NRC connects members with other railway industry professionals and government officials and policymakers. The NRC collaborates with its members, government, and industry leaders to create a positive business climate and to make railway construction and maintenance safer and more efficient.

What our members say…

Being a recipient of a NRC Scholarship enabled me to work fewer hours each week and spend more time at a variety of clubs and organizations that I had previously omitted from my schedule due to work. I was then able to fully serve in student government and lead and serve on multiple committees. The scholarship also gave me the opportunity to study abroad. I am so thankful for NRC's generosity and appreciate the recognition.

Albert Hotzel


Kansas State University

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