Scholarship Program

booksEach year, the League of Railway Industry Women awards scholarships to qualified students from around the rail industry who are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. LRIW recognizes the importance of education and is proud to offer financial assistance to students working to achieve their academic goals.

The LRIW Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for any member of LRIW, corporate member company, or an individual’s dependent to submit an application for scholarship funds.

Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship: In 2014, the LRIW Board of Directors voted unanimously to name one of its annual scholarships in memory of former LRIW President Connie Sumara. Ms. Sumara, one of the founders of the organization and its longest-serving president, passed away in March 2014. She was a dedicated employee of Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co. (CFCL) for 26 years, beginning her career as office manager and ultimately working her way up to Vice President and Director of Customer Support before retiring in November of 2012.

2017 Scholarship Application Requirements:

The LRIW Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship application is now available. Apply by Friday, July 14, 2017.

2016 LRIW Scholarship Winners:

  • The winner of this year’s $5,000 Connie Sumara Memorial scholarship was Jacob Hohlfelder, son of LRIW member Ingrid McClure, general marketing manager for Miner Enterprises. He is a junior at the University of Nebraska and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science.
  • The winner of this year’s special $1,000 scholarship of support as authorized by the Board is LRIW member DeAndra Roache. She is a labor relations coordinator at Amtrak and is working toward a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Dominican University.

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Please contact LRIW Scholarship Chair, Kathy Keeney at with any questions about the LRIW Scholarship Program or to contribute financially.