RSSI Scholarship Winners


RSSI is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 scholarship awards.


The James R. Higginbottom scholarship award winner is Hannah Wojcik. Hannah’s father, Eric Wojcik, is employed by Alstom Signaling.


The Ronald L. McDaniel Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Allyson Chen. Allyson’s mother, Hong Li, works for iNEMSOFT, INC.


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 base on a 4.0 scale. There were 36 qualified applications received this year and all were outstanding students deserving of the scholarship award. The applications are judged by three independent judges in ten categories including: academics, leadership, goals, essay and letters of recommendation.


The judges scores are tabulated and the overall top scoring applicants are reviewed and approved by the RSSI Scholarship Committee.

The RSSI 2023 James R. Higginbottom Scholarship

Hannah Wojcik


The winner of the RSSI 2023 James R. Higginbottom Scholarship is Hannah Wojcik.  Hannah graduated from St. Charles East High School in St. Charles, IL with a weighted GPA of 5.511 and scored 1440 on the SAT. She will be attending the University of Missouri where she will be majoring in Secondary Education Language Arts. Her goal is to become a high school English teacher.


Hannah’s father Eric Wojcik is employed by Alstom.

The RSSI 2023 Ronald L. McDaniel Scholarship

Allyson Chen


The winner of the RSSI 2023 Ronald McDaniel Memorial Scholarship is Allyson Chen. Allyson attended Allen High School in Allen, TX where she achieved a GPA of 4.7 and an SAT score of 1540. She will be attending Brown University where she will major in International Relations.  She has always been involved in music participating in several choirs and plays the cello in the varsity orchestra.


Her mother Hong Li is employed by iNEMSOFT, INC.

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

  • Ariel Ratner – Alstom Signaling/University of Buffalo
  • Julia Esen – Alstom Signaling/University of Rochester
  • Jade Harlow – voestalpine Railway Systems/Appalachian State University
  • Ella Fries – Alstom/Maryville University
  • Jaden VandenBerg – RailWorks/Tarleton State University
  • Reese Myers – The Okonite Company/Clemson University

Railway Systems Suppliers, Inc. is a trade association serving the communication and signal segment of the rail transportation industry.