John Edgar Thomson Foundation provides financial assistance to daughters of deceased railroaders

CLEVELAND, September 4 — The John Edgar Thomson Foundation, a nationally recognized non-profit organization, provides limited financial assistance to daughters of deceased railroad employees.

The Foundation was established in 1882 and endowed by the will of John Edgar Thomson, who was the third president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Although childless, he left a large endowment for orphaned daughters of railroad employees to help maintain their good health and to provide for their higher education. Since its creation, the Thomson Foundation has assisted countless families in their transition back to a normal life.

In order to be considered for a grant, the deceased parent (regardless of gender) must have been actively employed by a railroad in the United States at the time of death, although the cause does not need to be work-related. The parent, while on the active rolls of the railroad, may have been receiving disability or sick leave benefits at the time of death.

Additionally, the daughter must be living with her remaining parent or guardian full time, unless attending college, to qualify for an award. To remain eligible, the Foundation specifically requires that both the daughter and her parent/guardian must remain unmarried in order to receive aid. The family’s financial status is also considered in the selection process.

The grant is available to daughters of the deceased throughout their infancy until the age of 18. It can be continued, however, until the recipient reaches 24 years age provided that she is in pursuit of higher education. Whatever grant is awarded usually serves to benefit all members of the family. The Foundation also offers special health care benefits.

All applications are subjected to the approval of the Thomson Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The funding for the work of the Foundation is completely independent of any railroad, and it neither solicits nor receives funds from the public.

For further information, please contact Director Sheila Cohen, at:

The John Edgar Thomson Foundation
201 South 18th Street, Suite 318
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 545-6083 or (800) 888-1278
Fax: (215) 545-5102
Email: sjethomson@aol.com