Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship

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 its annual scholarship 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.

2018 Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship

  • Application will be available Spring 2018.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Coming soon.

Application Package Requirements:

  • Coming soon.

2017 Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship Winner:

Alex Kennedy – Grove City College, Mechanical Engineering – A. Stucki Company







Previous Recipients

Please contact Elizabeth Sands, LRIW Scholarship Chair at for more information or to contribute.