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Norfolk Southern CEO awards first Bulldog Legacy Scholarships

Last Updated on May 23, 2023 at 9:33am

Four East Palestine High School students receive scholarships for higher education


EAST PALESTINE, OH, May 19, 2023 – Celebrating the extraordinary accomplishments of East Palestine High School’s (EPHS) 2023 graduating class, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) President and CEO Alan H. Shaw announced the first four winners of the Bulldog Legacy Scholarship during a special ceremony Friday.


East Palestine High School seniors, Linsey Evans, Weston Jones, Libby McElroy, and Ryan Rosen were selected as the first-ever scholarship recipients. Their academic achievement, leadership abilities, and commitment to making a positive impact in East Palestine were key attributes that were considered in the selection process.


“I congratulate the entire 2023 graduating class of East Palestine High School. They have worked hard to reach this milestone. Today, we’re recognizing four exceptional graduates who will be continuing their education in pursuit of business, engineering, and nursing,” said Shaw. “Investing in education and our future leaders are two of the most important things we can do to ensure the success of our communities.”


The scholarship, funded by Shaw through a $445,000 personal donation, is committed to helping EPHS graduating seniors who seek to attend a four-year university or two-year vocational school. The donation has been placed in a special fund that was created to provide scholarships for students indefinitely and is designed to generate income to support the scholarships year after year.


Each of this year’s recipients will receive $1,000 — up to $4,000 over the next four years, so long as they maintain their academic performance. They will also be awarded a few additional gifts from Norfolk Southern to help them prepare for school, including a North Face backpack and MacBook Air.


Details on the winners of the first annual Bulldog Legacy Scholarship:

  • Linsey Evans will attend Columbiana County Joint Vocational Center and plans to become a registered nurse.
  • Weston Jones will attend Youngstown State University and plans to study civil engineering.
  • Libby McElroy will attend Youngstown State University and plans to study business.
  • Ryan Rosen will attend Youngstown State University and plans to study business.


For more information on Norfolk Southern’s community engagement and progress in East Palestine, please visit: NSMakingitRight.com.

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