This year’s winner of the James R. Higginbottom scholarship is Ella Fries. She lives in Lees Summit, MO where her father, Jeff Fries, is employed by Alstom.
Ella will be attending Maryville University where she will major in Physical Therapy. She is a competitive swimmer and hopes to qualify and compete for the NCAA Division II National Championship at Maryville.
An additional third scholarship was awarded in honor of Ron McDaniel’s over thirty years as a member of the RSSI board of Directors. Ron passed away on June 23, 2022.
The recipient of the Ron McDaniel Scholarship is Jaden Vandenberg. Jaden lives in Dublin, TX with her parents Anthony and Sabrina Vandenberg. Jaden’s father is employed by RAILWORKS.
Jaden has been accepted to Tarleton State University where she will pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After graduating from Tarleton State, she plans to enroll in the master’s degree at Texas A&M. She hopes to one day be a CPA and open her own accounting firm.
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