Rail Industry Scholarships

First Year Scholarships are back! The Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program launched its 1st Year Student Scholarship program during the spring of 2021 to promote interest in the railroad industry!  

Abbigail Smith, Mechanical Engineering, and Ben Steinbach, Electrical Engineering, were our winners during the spring semester.  The program continues with up to four scholarships awarded this fall. 

Application requirements are pretty simple, complete this short for Application Form, and send it and a copy of your current schedule to David Nelson at dannelso@mtu.edu by Oct 11th.  The form has a section to use for a short explanation of your interest in the rail industry (If you haven't considered rail before, talk to a REAC member, or David Nelson ... even better, Google it and see what you learn!).  If you participate in any of the REAC activities before the application deadline, include that in your application.   We encourage digital signatures ... a typing your name and submitting it from your Tech email will be good enough.   

The industry has opportunities across the spectrum of disciplines, including computers, electrical and mechanical systems, and civil infrastructure.  Construction and business are also areas that feature prominently!  Students who wish to apply should request information from David Nelson at dannelso@mtu.edu.   These scholarships will be funded through generous donations from the CN Railroad, the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association, and our Alumni and Friends scholarship program. 




Each year, the Rail Transportation Program is able to offer students a competitive scholarship program, thanks to our industry partner CN Railroad, and generous support by RTP Alumni/Friends. These scholarships offer students interested in and progressing towards railway industry careers a financial boost as they work through their studies - with funds applicable to things like books, tuition and housing - here at Michigan Tech. 

Additionally, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) offers a whole slate of scholarships, further adding to the lot of scholarships available to our students.   Follow this link for the AREMA application (it uses the same essays as our application)  https://www.aremafoundation.org/AREMA_DONOR/Programs/Application_Process.aspx

Students may also apply for a number of other awards from throughout the industry. All will be highlighted here as they become available.

For Alumni and Friends interested in supporing our Scholarship Program, Click HERE.


For Students Interested in Applying for a Scholarship

2020-2021 Scholarship winners are introduced below. Congratulations to BoFa, Justin and Stanton!! This spring, we're looking for introducing a new scholarship dedicated for 1st year students, so stay in touch!!! In addiont, 2021-2022 scholarship applications will be available in fall, 2021.

Congratulations also to Walter Friesel, who collected an AREMA Educational Foundation Scholarship.  


BoFa Saldana,ECE

Stanton Schmitz, CEEJustin Micillo, CEE

Rail Transportation Alumni/ Friends ScholarshipCN Railroad ScholarshipCN Railroad Scholarship

"I would like to thank you all for selecting me as a recipient of the 2021 Rail Transportation Program Scholarship. I was thrilled to find out that I had been picked to receive this award. I am grateful and extremely appreciative of this support. This is something that will help me complete many goals as a student here at Michigan Tech as well as in my future career in the rail industry. This scholarship gives me that much more motivation to complete these goals! Again, thank you for this generous contribution." - BoFa Saldana, RTP Alumni/Friends Scholarship recipient


Congratulations to our many previous winners! 

2020  Scholarship Winners!

AREMA Scholarships

Zoe Wahr


Michigan Tech Alumni Scholarship 

Kyle Dick


Committee 27 – Maintenance-of-Way Work Equipment Scholarship

Alex ChristmasCEECommittee 15 - Steel Structures, Professor Wallace Sanders Scholarship

Internal Scholarships from RTP and Industry

Zoe Wahr


CN Railroad Scholarship

Walter Friesel


CN Railroad Scholarship

Kyle DickSCSCN Railroad Scholarship


   Click Here to see all of our Rail Scholarship Winners from the past!

Rail Transportation Program
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI. 49931-1295
Phone: 1-906-487-3547
Fax: 1-906-487-2943
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