Thank you to those that joined us in Chicago for the 2024 NARS Annual Meeting!


NARS Scholarships are offered to support those deserving students who will contribute to the future growth of the rail shipping community.

Ivan A. Olson Scholarship Fund

The 2024 application process is now CLOSED. Recipients will be announced in early May.

This fund is under the supervision and control of the North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS). The purpose of the fund is to provide Scholarships for ambitious and worthy individuals who are enrolled in a transportation, logistics or supply chain management program at an accredited university. The scholarships are administered solely by the North American Rail Shippers Association. The scholarship is named in honor of Ivan A. Olson, an eminent transportation professional, a past president of NARS and former Vice President Transportation, Longview Fibre Company, Longview, Washington.


2023 Scholarship Recipients

2022 Scholarship Recipients

2021 Scholarship Recipients

2020 Scholarship Recipients

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship including requests for exceptions, please contact North American Rail Shippers Association, via email,

Scholarship FAQs

How Are Recipients Selected?

Scholarship recipients will be chosen from the pool of completed applications that are submitted to North American Rail Shippers Association before the established deadline. Scholarship recipients will be selected according to merit on a competitive basis. The Scholarship Committee will choose the recipients by evaluating each eligible student’s completed application.

How Do I Apply for the Scholarship?

To apply for the scholarship, an application form must be completed and submitted, along with additional biographical and academic information, through the NARS website.   All required elements can be submitted through the NARS website, but if applicant needs to send information separately, materials can be sent to

What are my Obligations and Responsibilities if I am selected?

Scholarship recipients are asked to provide a current headshot and short biography in order to be featured on the NARS website. Recipients may also be featured on other NARS social media and in press releases promoting the scholarship program. Students are also welcome to attend, on a complimentary basis, the NARS Annual Meeting and recipients are announced to our attendees during the meeting program.

What Do I Need To Include With My Scholarship Application?

The applications must be completed. Applications will not be accepted unless completed in full and submitted by the announced deadline.

North American Rail Shippers Association Scholarships require the following information:

  1. Academic transcript
  2. Extracurricular Activities
  3. Work History
  4. Personal statement
  5. Letter of recommendation from a college/university professor or counselor.
  6. A completed application
What is the Amount of the Scholarship?

The scholarship stipend is a one-time disbursement of $500 or $1,000. Funds will be disbursed directly to the recipient.

Who handles Scholarship procedures?

The North American Rail Shippers Association (NARS) handles all phases of the process, including selection of recipients and payment of stipends.

Who is Eligible?

Graduate and undergraduate students who are in good standing at their respective college or university, currently enrolled in a transportation, logistics or supply chain management program and who are Canadian, Mexican or U.S.A. citizens. Rising high school seniors are not eligible.

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