RSSI Scholarship Winners


RSSI is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 RSSI scholarship awards.


The W. Ed Rowland Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Erika Howery .  Erika’s mother, Angela Howery, is employed by Progress Rail.


The recipient of the James R. Higginbottom scholarship is Hannah Alnemer.  Hannah’s father, Allen Nemer, is employed by iNemsoft .


The scholarships are worth $12,000 payable in eight $1,500 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 2018 RSSI W. Ed Rowland Memorial Scholarship

Erika Howery


Ericka graduated this past May from Plaza Heights Christian Academy in Blue Springs, MO.


Erika was Vice President of the National Honor Society, Secretary of her school’s Student Council, and Captain of the varsity volleyball team. She was also active in the First Bible Baptist Church as a Children’s Ministry helper and a youth soccer Assistant Coach.


Erika maintained a 4.07 GPA in high school and will be attending the University of Missouri – Kansas City where she will study elementary education.  Ericka’s goal is to teach elementary school in the Kansas City Metropolitan School system and to have a positive impact on the lives of the children in her community.

The RSSI 2018 James R. Higginbottom Scholarship

Hannah Alnemer


Hannah is a June 2018 graduate of Liberty High School in Frisco, TX where she maintained a 5.0 GPA.  She scored 1440 on her SAT test and 33 on the ACT. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP Scholar.


While attending high school Hannah worked at an area Pet Hospital where she earned her Veterinary Assistant Certification.  She is also a state finalist distinguished public speaker. She is active in the FFA serving as both Chapter President and a former District V Vice President.


Hannah will be attending the University of Texas where she will study Mechanical Engineering. Her goal is to concentrate in the Agricultural Engineering area to develop simple sustainable systems that target consumer trust.

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

  • Brantley Allen Butcher - Progress Rail/Yale University
  • Matthew Heron - Harsco Rail/Georgetown University
  • Alexander Konczak - Progress Rail Locomotive/University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana
  • Lindsey Laurune - Ansaldo STS/University of Pittsburg
  • Allyssa Phelps - Railway Equipment Company/Columbia University
  • Zoe Tong Yu - Gannett Fleming/Dartmouth College



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