2024 REMSA Undergraduate Scholarship

The Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) is pleased to announce the availability of two undergraduate scholarships for tuition assistance. This year REMSA is offering one (1) $6,000 Chairman’s Scholarship and one (1) individual scholarship at $4,000.   

The REMSA 2024 Undergraduate Scholarship will open for applications on Monday, April 22nd. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 19th, 2024. 

Emails should be sent to Celeste Gelber, gelber@remsa.org.

To apply for this scholarship, all materials listed below must be submitted to the REMSA Scholarship Committee:

  1. A completed Application for Undergraduate Scholarship Program, submitted electronically.
  2. A letter written on official REMSA member company stationery (or emailed directly from a company representative) confirming REMSA sponsorship of the application and stating the relationship of the member company employee to you, e.g., employee, father, mother, etc. 
  3. An essay, 500 words or less, addressing the following:
    As the world continues to integrate more Artificial Intelligence (AI) into our everyday lives, it is also finding its way into freight rail and passenger services.  How can railroads capitalize on AI advances? What are the opportunities and what could be the risks? Please focus your answer on either freight railroads or passenger rail (your choice)

    All applicants should submit essays written solely by the participant, and submission of essays that have been generated, in whole or in part by artificial intelligence (AI) or any content creation system will be disqualified.
  4. A personal narrative essay.
  5. An official transcript from all schools attended, including high school and each college attended indicating all college-level work completed through January 31st of the year the application is made.  The transcript(s) should list courses taken or in which currently enrolled. Previous scholarship winners and applicants entering their junior and senior year in college are not required to provide high school transcripts. Incoming freshmen must provide their high school transcripts along with support of classes in which he/she is enrolled in the coming semester. 
  6. Two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a faculty member at the college in which you are currently enrolled (incoming freshmen may submit a letter from a high school faculty member). The second reference may include another faculty member, your department head, current or former employer, REMSA member or other responsible person. Emails must come directly from reference.
REMSA is pleased to announce the winners of our 2023 Undergraduate Scholarship. Thank you to all students who applied!
$6,000 Chairman's Scholarship
Rachel Gowan

University of Kentucky
Sponsoring Company: RailWorks
I would like to thank the REMSA board and member companies for this great honor.  It means a lot to receive this award from such a great industry association.
$4,000 Individual Scholarship: 
Nathan Apanavicius 

Illinois Institute of Technology
Sponsoring Company: LB Foster
"I am incredibly grateful and beyond excited to have been selected for this scholarship. Being chosen by the scholarship committee has given me motivation to continue my academic career with effort and enthusiasm, while similarly providing me with the financial means necessary to excel in my field."

REMSA represents manufacturers and suppliers of products, services and equipment that support the railway industry. REMSA’s mission is to facilitate global business development opportunities to its members and advance initiatives in support of the rail industry.

Scholarship funds, awarded annually, are sent to the financial aid office at each recipient’s institution to be applied to the student’s account at the beginning of the fall term of study. Students must be in attendance for a full year following receipt of the award.



For scholarship questions, please contact Celeste Gelber