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East Palestine Bulldog Legacy Scholarship
Application status: Closed

Norfolk Southern has established a scholarship program to assist high school seniors attending East Palestine High School in Ohio who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a high school senior attending East Palestine High School in Ohio
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, vocational-technical school or military academy for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)

Children of Norfolk Southern employees enrolled at East Palestine High School, who meet the above criteria, are eligible to apply but are not given special consideration. No officer or employee of Norfolk Southern plays a part in the selection of recipients.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $1,000 award. Up to four (4) awards will be granted.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale), and full-time enrollment.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


Award recipients will be announced at the high school awards assembly in May. In addition, all applicants will be notified by Scholarship America.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Norfolk Southern. Payment is made in August.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Community service/volunteer experience
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances

Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Norfolk Southern play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

East Palestine students may also meet eligibility criteria for the Norfolk Southern Thoroughbred Scholarship, a separate scholarship program for the children of Norfolk Southern employees. Children of Norfolk Southern employees can receive only one Norfolk Southern award (the Bulldog Legacy Scholarship or the NS Thoroughbred Scholarship) per academic year. Applicants who apply to both programs and are potential recipients for both awards will receive the award for which they first qualify.

All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

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