Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad (IHBR) presented $7,600 in scholarship funds to Purdue University Northwest (PNW). This inaugural gift will fund two half-tuition scholarships for PNW students in 2017.
“We believe it is important for a local company to invest back into the community, and we also realize education is one of the keys to creating a vibrant community. Therefore, we are excited about continuing to strengthen our relationship with a highly respected university located within the local community,” said IHBR General Manager John Wright.
IHBR is offering the scholarship to recognize full-time students who are Northwest Indiana residents and who achieve a GPA of 3.0 and above.
“We are truly grateful to Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad for investing in our students,” said PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon. “Support from our community partners is incredibly valuable as it affirms the importance of the relationship between our students, our university and regional economic development.”
Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, headquartered in Hammond, Ind., is a switching railroad serving the greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas. With 54 miles of mainline track, coverage extends from Bensenville, Ill. to Indiana’s International Port at Burns Harbor, Ind. The IHBR is the largest switching carrier in the United States and has direct interchange with all Chicago rail carriers.