By Jim Kellow, MMR



Model railroading, along with many other hobbies that involve building, crafting and finishing with the goal of reproducing objects accurately, can be a gateway to the model making profession for kids of all ages. With that in mind, here’s some info on a scholarship for people who could become future APMM members.

New Tracks Modeling is about mentoring and model building. It is a volunteer organization run by model railroaders, which also raises funds for its programs through volunteer contributions. This year New Tracks Modeling started an exciting new scholarship program for young model railroaders.

New Tracks Modeling founder, and APMM member Jim Kellow, MMR started expanding the New Tracks Modeling programs to young modelers when he was appointed several years ago as our Ambassador for Model Railroading. Jim and the APMM believe the model railroading skills and confidence gained by building models make young modelers ideal candidates for careers as professional model makers. 

This year, New Tracks Modeling expanded its youth programs further by starting a $1,000 scholarship program for young model railroaders. We have been successful in obtaining funding through contributions associated with the shows. This scholarship is for young model railroaders who are students, who are graduating or have recently graduated, from a high school with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and are going to attend, or are currently enrolled in a STEAM program, in a United States 2- or 4-year college, university or an accredited technical school. In the future New Tracks Modeling hopes to expand to include other countries so that the scholarship is international in scope. Details about the scholarship, applications, and filing instructions are available on the website at:

Now it is up to members of the model railroading community to spread the word and encourage young model railroaders to take advantage of this scholarship. For questions or how to submit a paper copy of an application, please contact the Scholarship Committee Chairman, Bob Davidson at:
Bob Davidson
New Tracks Modeling Mentoring Scholarship
6273 Gulf Stream Path
Cicero, NY 13039
email: [email protected]

If you have a child or grandchild who meets the scholarship criteria, New Tracks Modeling hopes you will make them aware of this scholarship opportunity. Naturally, we also hope you will communicate our scholarship program to your friends and other modelers.

New Tracks Modeling's live Zoom shows are about all aspects of model railroading. They are also live-streamed on the New Tracks Modeling YouTube channel. The live shows are available to all model railroaders. To get the Zoom log-in link for attending a live show, subscribe through the website. There are over 800 videos of past shows on the New Tracks Modeling YouTube channel for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you for your support and participation in helping get the word out to young modelers about our scholarship. For your questions please contact Jim Kellow, MMR at: [email protected]. Thank you in advance for your interest and assistance!