The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) awards 10 Railroad Training Scholarships of up to $425 each to employees of small railroads, defined as those with annual revenues of $10 million or less, to be used for ASLRRA-hosted training in security, compliance or leadership development.
The Jake Jacobson Memorial Scholarshipswhich will be awarded to qualified applicants on an ongoing basis, are made possible by a generous gift from the family of the late Lowell S. “Jake” Jacobson, former President and General Manager of the Copper Basin Railway, The age of the railway 1994 Railroader of the Year and initiator of the Jake Rail Safety Awards. According to the ASLRRA, the Jake Award program is the Association’s oldest and most coveted award, honoring performance in rail safety.
The ASLRRA also offers the gold purse–training grants made possible by the Douglas Golden-Mary Cullen Charitable Fund. Eligible employees of small railways who complete industry-specific training in the inspection and maintenance of tracks, bridges and signals and/or the inspection and maintenance of locomotives and freight cars could receive up to $1,200 for training-related expenses, including registration fees, airfare and accommodation.