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MSU Railway Management Certificate Course American Association of Railroad Superintendents Scholarship

MSU Railway Management Certificate Course Scholarship Offered for 2017 Fall Session 

Deadline April 15, 2017

AARS is pleased to announce a call for applications for the MSU Railway Management Certificate Course Scholarship sponsored by a major benefactor.  The scholarship is for the four-week course and includes all lodging, breakfasts, lunches, textbooks and other classroom and field trip costs. Transportation costs to and from the course and most dinners are not included in the scholarship. 

The scholarship is available to all AARS (or non members with an application pending for membership) who have been employed by a railroad company for a minimum of three years and have the support of their current company throughout the course.  The deadline for application is April 15, 2017.  Applications are available online at www.supt.org or by calling the AARS office at 331-643-3369.  Applications are to be submitted to the AARS office at the address listed below. 

Dates for the course will be available soon. For those interested in information regarding the course go to www.raileducation.com or contact Nick Little, Director Rail Projects, Michigan State University, at littlen@broad.msu.edu.

Session XIII – Fall, 2017 – Initial Syllabus Outline

Week 1: August 7-11, 2017 – MSU Campus, East Lansing, MI – Railway Business Administration

Transportation Fundamentals; Railways as a System, Supply Chain Management; Marketing; Leadership; RR Financial Performance; Technology & Information; Risk Management; Investment Appraisal.

Week 2: September 25-29, 2017 – Chicago, IL – Railway Operations

Rail Networks; Operational Models; Challenges of Changing Traffic Patterns; Urban Transit Operations; Creating a Resilient Railway; Chicago Network – Issues and Opportunities; Shipper Relationships; Car Pooling & Leasing; Equipment & Infrastructure Funding Options.

Week 3: October 16-20, 2017 – Pueblo, CO – Railway Engineering and Technology for Managers

Railway Research & Development; Infrastructure & Maintenance; Inspection Technologies; Railway Control Systems; PTC; Braking Systems; Telecommunications.  Several classroom sessions this week will be held on-site at Transportation Technology Center (TTC) to enable participants to see concepts in use and discuss details with TTCI experts.

Week 4: November 13-17, 2017 – Washington DC Area – Railway Regulation, Safety, and the Rail Industry

Railway Regulation, Deregulation and Government Affairs; Government Agencies; Rail Industry Associations; Strategic Challenges Facing the Rail Industry; Creating a Safety Culture; Security; International Railway Perspectives.

For further information, please go to www.raileducation.com 


To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:

  • Be a member of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents or have an application pending for membership
  • Be employed by a railroad company for a minimum of three years and demonstrate a potential for advancement and growth 
  • Have full support of their company during the course time 

Amount of Scholarship Award - $17,500 

The Scholarship is fully funded by a benefactor of the program. 

The scholarship is for the four-week course and includes all lodging, breakfasts, lunches, textbooks and other classroom and field trip costs. Transportation costs to and from the course and most dinners are not included in the scholarship.

Application Deadline – April 15, 2017

Applications are available by clicking on the link below, through the AARS web site,  www.supt.org., or the AARS Office, PO Box 200, La Fox, IL 60147 (331-643-3369).   

Click here to access the application.

Applications must be mailed (PO Box 200, LaFox IL 60147), email to Carrie Foor cfoor54@msn.com, and received by AARS no later than July 1, 2017.  The successful candidate will be notified the second week of July 2016.

Application Process 

To apply for the scholarship the following materials must be completed and submitted to the President of the AARS:

  1. A completed Application listing educational profile, employment profile, and a brief essay. 
  2. A completed Company Sponsorship Form from the applicant’s department supervisor. 

Evaluation and Notification

  • The AARS Scholarship Committee will base its evaluation for awards on the materials submitted.  (Please note the scoring criteria on the application form.  There is competition for this scholarship, so take the time to present yourself completely in your application.)
  • Candidates will be notified of the Committee’s decision in early May 2017.
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