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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 2022 Ivan A. Olson Scholarship recipients have been announced. Thank you to all of the incredibly impressive students who applied.

2022 Scholarship Recipients

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.


2021 Scholarship Recipients

2020 Scholarship Recipients

2019 Scholarship Recipients

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

Scholarship FAQs

How Are Recipients Selected?

Scholarship recipients will be chosen from the students complete the application and submit to the Awards Committee of the North American Rail Shippers Association before the deadline. Scholarship recipients will be selected according to merit on a competitive basis. The Awards Committee will choose the recipients by evaluating each eligible student’s self-description and academic transcript.

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, to the NARS Awards Committee.   All required elements can be submitted through the NARS application portal, but if applicant needs to send information separately, materials can be emailed to

What are my Obligations and Responsibilities if I am selected?

Scholarship recipients are completely responsible for making admission arrangements and fulfilling all requirements of the school selected, which must be a college or university in Canada, Mexico or the United States, which is fully accredited by its regional accrediting commission on higher education. Scholarship recipients are expected to make normal academic progress from year to year and must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing. While honor grades are not required, scholarship recipients have a responsibility to do quality work in college.

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. NARS Officers comprise the Awards (Selection) Committee.

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.

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