The BNSF Railway Foundation is proud of BNSF's more than 50-year tradition of commitment to higher education through its scholarship opportunities.
One of the most successful and significant scholarship programs BNSF funds is the BNSF College Scholarship Program for high school seniors who are dependents of full-time BNSF Railway employees, retirees or furloughed employees. The BNSF Railway Foundation awards up to 40 scholarships annually through an online application process administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS). These scholarships carry awards of either $5,000 per year renewable for up to three additional years if a student is selected as a National Merit Scholar or $2,500 per year renewable for up to three additional years if the student is selected as a BNSF Scholarship winner. To be eligible for consideration, the student must be the dependent of a full-time BNSF Railway active or furloughed employee or retiree, a senior in high school and be able to provide an official SAT or ACT score prior to the application deadline.
The BNSF Railway Foundation currently funds the following additional scholarship programs. Interested students must contact their high school guidance counselor for details on each individual program and how to apply:
- The Horatio Alger Association provides 15 Fort Worth scholarships; and 25 North Dakota scholarships
- The United Negro College Fund offers scholarship(s) to students from Tarrant County, Texas who attend any of the 39 UNCF member colleges and universities
- Native American Scholarships are administered by AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) and are five 4-year annual scholarships based on financial need. Preference is given to the sciences, medicine, engineering, natural and physical science, business, education and health administration. Winners are selected by AISES
- Hispanic American Scholarship Program is administered by the Hispanic College Fund. Awards are available exclusively in the BNSF served states of AZ, CA, CO, IL, KS, MO, NM
- Future Farmers of America Scholarships are administered by the National FFA office. Ten 4-year scholarships are awarded to FFA members in CA, IL, IA, KS, MN, MT, NE, ND, SD and TX and who are enrolled in the following areas of agriculture: business management, economics, finance and sales and marketing.
- American Indian
- Native American
This funding opportunity requires applicants to hold U.S. Citizenship.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
2305 Renard SE Suite 200
Albuquerque, NM 87106