RSSI Scholarship Winners


RSSI is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 RSSI scholarship awards. The W. Ed Rowland Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Allyssa Phelps. Allyssa’s father, Greggory, is an employee of Railway Equipment Company.


The recipient of the James R. Higginbottom scholarship is Alexander Konczak. Alexander’s mother, Jessica, is employed by Progress Rail Locomotive.


The scholarships are worth $8,000 payable in eight $1,000 payments before each semester. The recipients must be enrolled in an accredited North American institution of higher learning and maintain a 3.0 GPA based on a 4.0 scale.

The 2017 RSSI W. Ed Rowland Memorial Scholarship

Allyssa Phelps


Allyssa graduated this past June from Breck High School in Golden Valley, MN.


Allyssa was a state champion swimmer, a member of the Cum Laude Society for her achievement in Superior Academics, and a National Merit Commended Scholar Award Winner. She was a member of the Student Integrity Council and the Senior Editor and Photographer of the Breck Yearbook Committee.


Allyssa achieved a 3.944 GPA while in high school and has been accepted by Columbia University where she will study Political Science and East Asian Studies.

The RSSI 2017 James R. Higginbottom Scholarship

Alexander Konczak


Alexander graduated from Plainfield North High school in Plainfield, IL in May of 2017.


Alexander was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for eleven years and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was awarded the Presidential Academic Award while a member of the National Honor Society and ended his high school career with a 5.0 GPA.


He will be attending the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana in the fall of 2017 where he will  study Kinesiology and plans to become a strength coach and trainer for a professional sports team.

In addition to the two new scholarships, the following are also active:

  • Holly K. Avins - Okonite/Purdue University
  • Samuel Altland - Hatch Mott MacDonald/University of Pennsylvania
  • Brantley Allen Butcher - Yale University
  • Heather R. Hourdequin - Okonite/University of California Los Angeles
  • Brent Henderson - GE Transportation/Truman State University
  • Matthew Heron - Harsco Rail/Georgetown University
  • Joanne Jang - ARINC/Stanford University
  • Lindsey Laurune - Ansaldo STS/University of Pittsburg
  • Ashton Mensinger - G&B Specialties/Penn State
  • Elisabeth Wydotis - Siemens/USC Columbia
  • Zoe Tong Yu - Dartmouth College



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