Scholarship Program

Since 1989, the Railway Supply Institute, with the assistance of member donations, has awarded scholarships to full time students whose parents work throughout the rail supply community. In 2018, RSI was pleased to rename the RSI scholarship the Thomas D. Simpson Annual Undergraduate Scholarship in honor of RSI’s retiring president.

Over 140 students have received the RSI Scholarship which has contributed to their education in a variety of degrees such as nursing, teaching, engineering, business, and transportation specialists. The RSI scholarship is competitive and based on the applicant’s academic achievement, community / school involvement, and essay response. A minimum of five scholarships in the amount of $2,500 – $5,000 each is given to scholarship recipients. 

Applicants must be the child or dependent of a current employee whose company is a member of the Railway Supply Institute or one of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations (CMA). The CMA include the Air Brake Association, Inc. (ABA), the International Association of Railway Operating Officers (IAROO), the League of Railway Industry Women (LRIW), Mechanical Association Railcar Technical Services (MARTS), and Locomotive Maintenance Officers Association (LMOA).

Application & Requirements

If you have questions about the application process or mailing applications contact Mila Spaulding at or Amanda Patrick at or 202-347-4664. 

If you would like to notified about the Thomas D. Simpson Annual Undergraduate Scholarship Program please send your contact information to to be added to the scholarship email list.