Congratulations to our the 2023 NRC Scholarship winners (l to r): Jared Kish, Margaret Konczak, and Zoee Robinson.

NRC Announces 2023 Undergraduate Scholarship Award Winners

The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) announced today the three recipients of its 2023 Scholarship Awards for undergraduate and trade school students:

  • First-Place Winner: Jared Kish, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona, $12,000, sponsored by Fritz-Rumer-Cooke.
  • Second-Place Winner:, Margaret Konczak, St. Ambrose University, $6,000, sponsored by Progress Rail.
  • Third-Place Winner: Zoee Robinson, University of Southern Mississippi, $3,000, sponsored by R.J. Corman Railroad Services, LLC.

The NRC has awarded more than $250,000 intuition assistance for undergraduates since the awards began in 2013. The association awards the scholarships each year to provide higher-education tuition assistance for children, grandchildren, and employees of NRC member companies. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students at an accredited two-year college offering an associate degree, an accredited four-year college or university offering a bachelor’s degree, or a trade school.

“For the past 11 years, the NRC’s Scholarship Program has invested in the future of qualified undergraduate students by awarding more than a quarter of a million dollars in tuition assistance. The NRC Scholarship Committee appreciated the applications from dozens of outstanding students who applied this year representing a broad cross-section of member companies,” says TraConcepts President Maggie Vuono, who also serves as chairperson of the NRC Scholarship Committee. “Congratulations to our three winners: Jared, Margaret, and Zoee.”

About the NRC: 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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