RSSI Scholarship Winners


RSSI is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 scholarship awards.


The James R. Higginbottom scholarship award winner is Amasha Jayaratne. Amasha’s father Adisha is employed by Siemens, Inc. in East Brunswick, NJ.


The W. Ed Rowland Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Samuel Steen. Samuel’s father Robert works for Princeton Consultants, Inc. in Rocky Hill, NJ.


We received 40 applications for the 2020 scholarship awards. The scholarships are available to all children, step-children, grandchildren and step-grandchildren of the employees of RSSI member companies in good standing. The scholarships are $12,000 each payable in $1500 increments each semester for four years. A recipient must remain enrolled in an accredited college or university and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. 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 2020 RSSI W. Ed Rowland Memorial Scholarship

Samuel Steen


Samuel is a graduate of Montgomery High School in Skillman, NJ and plans to attend Calvin University where he will pursue a double major in biology and chemistry.


Samuel graduated with a 97.5 GPA and scored 1520 on his SAT tests. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was captain and MVP on the cross country team and participated on the track and fencing teams. He is a senior patrol leader with the Boy Scouts of America where he earned Eagle Scout status.


His goal is to complete a PHD in biology and become a research scientist so he can make a positive contribution to the world we live in.


Samuels father, Robert, is employed by Princeton Consultants, Inc. His father and mother, Sherri, reside in Rocky Hill, NJ.

The RSSI 2020 James R. Higginbottom Scholarship

Amasha Jayaratne


Amasha is a graduate of East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, NJ.


She graduated with a 4.59 GPA, scored 1540 on her SAT and has been accepted into the University of Pennsylvania Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business. After college Amasha’s goal is to apply her business and international studies education in the nonprofit and social sectors fighting for equality and mental health de-stigmatization.


During her high school career Amasha was Editor-In-Chief of the school newspaper, a member of the National Honors Society, the English Honors Society, a summer intern for the National Alliance on Mental Health and was an AP Scholar with distinction.


Amasha is a first generation Sri Lankan-American. Her father, Adisha, and mother, Ruwani, reside in East Brunswick, NJ where her father is employed by Siemens, Inc.

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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