AREMA accepting applications for its scholarship program and design competition

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Educational Foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 Scholarship Program. The deadline is March 8, 2013.

The AREMA Educational Foundation provides scholarships to engineering students who are specializing in the railway industry and supports other educational and training endeavors that help to ensure the future of the profession.

General criteria for all scholarship applicants include having an interest in railway engineering, maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.0 and being available for interview by the AREMA Scholarship Committee. Students can apply online at

In addition to the AREMA Educational Foundation 2013 Scholarship Program, AREMA is sponsoring a design competition for students of architecture or building sciences as a means to introduce students to the professional opportunities in the railway and rail transit industry. Sponsored by AREMA Committee 6 – Buildings and Support Facilities, the design problem features the conceptual development of a commuter rail maintenance workshop. The competition is open to individual students working on their first professional degree in architecture or building sciences. The AREMA Educational Foundation will award a $2,000 scholarship to the first place winner and a $1,000 scholarship to the second place winner.

“AREMA has been very proactive in reaching out to college students with an interest in railroading,” said Dr. Charles Emely, AREMA’s chief executive officer. “We are actively establishing student chapters at U.S. and Canadian universities and in 2012, we awarded 34 undergraduate scholarships. This competition is our newest approach to attract highly-motivated students to the dynamic career opportunities in the railroad industry.”

Students are now able to download the problem and entry information from

Deadline for entries is May 1, 2013. Winners will be announced in June 2013 and select submissions will be placed on display at the AREMA 2013 Annual Conference, part of Railway Interchange, in Indianapolis, Ind., Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2013.

Categories: OFF Track Maintenance, Safety/Training