Previous Recipients

Each year, the League of Railway Women awards scholarships to qualified students from around the rail industry who are pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

In 2014, the LRW Board of Directors voted unanimously to name one of its annual scholarships in memory of former LRW President, Connie Sumara.

Previous Recipients:

2018

  • Payton Comazzetto – Thompson Rivers University, First Nations Studies – Assistant Station Manager, Rocky Mountaineer  
2017 2016
  • Jacob Hohlfelder – University of Nebraska, Actuarial Science – Miner Enterprises
  • DeAndra Roache – Dominican University, Masters in Conflict Resolution – Amtrak
  • Learn more about our 2016 recipients.
2015
  • Connor Bailey – University of Illinois, Materials Science & Engineering – TTX Company
  • Benjamin Dobies – University of Pittsburgh, Mechanical Engineering – A. Stucki Company
  • Laura Steckbeck – University of Oklahoma, Communications
  • Learn more about our 2015 recipients.
2014
  • Shannon Costello – Eastern Illinois University, Elementary Education – Chicago Freight Car Leasing Co.
  • Merry Nemeth – Bellevue University, Project Management – RailWorks Track Services
  • Ben Tizzano – Drexel University, Mechanical Engineering Technology – RailResource
  • Learn more about our 2014 recipients.
2013
  • Joseph M. Culligan – Georgia Institute of Technology, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering – TTX Company
  • Benjamin Stephen Dobies – University of Pittsburgh, Mechanical Engineering – A. Stucki Company
  • Mitchell James Olsem – DePaul University, Computer Science – Iowa Northern Railway
  • Learn more about our 2013 recipients [pdf]
Please contact scholarship@railwaywomen.org for more information or to contribute.
2017 Scholarship Recipient 

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

The winner of this year’s $5,000 Connie Sumara Memorial Scholarship was Alex Kennedy, son of LRW corporate member Jim Kennedy, Vice President of Engineering, A. Stucki Company.

An intern at A. Stucki Company, Alex learned first-hand many things about the railway supply industry, including the design of freight rail cars and the basic calculations needed to determine the maximum load permitted on each of the side bearings.

Alex is studying mechanical engineering at Grove City College in Grove City, PA.

This annual scholarship is named in memory of former LRW President Connie Sumara. Connie, who was 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.
2016 Scholarship Recipients 

Jacob Hohlfelder – University of Nebraska, Actuarial Science – Miner Enterprises

The winner of this year’s $5,000 scholarship was Jacob Hohlfelder, son of LRW member Ingrid McClure, general marketing manager for Miner Enterprises.

Jacob is a junior at the University of Nebraska and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in actuarial science.

He won the annual scholarship named in memory of former LRIW President Connie Sumara. Connie, who was 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.

DeAndra Roache – Dominican University, Masters in Conflict Resolution – Amtrak

LRIW member DeAndra Roache won a special $1,000 scholarship of support as authorized by the board. She is a labor relations coordinator at Amtrak and is working toward a master’s degree in conflict resolution from Dominican University. She was very excited and honored by the scholarship