General Criteria for all scholarship applicants include having an interest in railway engineering, maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.5, and being available for interview by the AREMA Scholarship Committee. Enrolled students must have completed at least one quarter or semester in an accredited* four or five year engineering or engineering technology undergraduate/graduate degree program. The AREMA Scholarship Committee will attempt to acknowledge students across all AREMA interest areas.

The 2024 application form applies to all Scholarships offered by AREMA. By completion of this form, the Scholarship Review Committee will determine which Scholarship(s) the candidate qualifies for. The deadline for applications is December 29, 2023. 

* Programs accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (or comparable organization in Canada and Mexico).

Final amounts may vary. In 2023, the AREMA Educational Foundation awarded $37,000 in scholarships (7-$1,000, 8-$2,500, 2-$5,000).

AREMA Educational Foundation General Scholarships (minimum at $2,500 each)
Canadian National Railway Company Scholarship
CSX Scholarship ($1,000)
General Criteria applies to the above scholarships.

The following scholarships have additional criteria from the general criteria listed above

New York Central Railroad Memorial Scholarship

  • $1,000
  • Priority given to a student at Clarkson University

Norfolk Southern Foundation Scholarship

  • $1,000
  • The student's institution must be located in Norfolk Southern's service area

North Carolina Railroad Company Scholarship

  • $1,000
  • Resident of North Carolina for tuition purposes.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in a North Carolina College or University

Union Pacific - William E. Wimmer Scholarship

  • $1,000
  • Undergraduate   
  • The student's institution must be located in Union Pacific's service area

William E. and Barbara I. Van Trump Scholarship

  • $1,000
  • Female student
  • Priority given to Undergraduate
  • Priority given if student’s institution located in Union Pacific’s service area