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45 Ohio students win OOGEEP energy scholarships

By Bob Downing Published: June 21, 2014

From the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Educationj Program::

OOGEEP, Foundation Announce 2014 Energy Scholarship Award Winners

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and their scholarship Foundation (Foundation) are pleased to announce the 2014 Energy Scholarship Award winners.

45 students attending 19 institutions were awarded scholarships to pursue careers in the oil and natural gas industry.

To be eligible for the annual scholarship, students must have an energy career goal and are required to be either an Ohio resident or planning to attend an Ohio trade school, college or university. The students are judged on career goals, essays, letters of recommendation, academic achievement, awards or special recognitions, community service and other outside activities.

In 2011, OOGEEP released its Economic Impact Study estimating over 200,000 jobs would be needed in Ohio’s oil and natural gas industry through 2015. At the time of the study’s release, there were 14,400 employed in related oil and gas industries in the state. According to the most recent report from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, there are now over 189,000 Ohioans employed by our industry. With growth in the development of Ohio’s 30 carbon-bearing formations, and the development of the Utica-Point Pleasant still in its early stages, these job numbers will continue to increase.

“The demand for a well-trained workforce has never been greater, and the opportunities for careers in energy have never been as abundant as they are today. By establishing these scholarship opportunities, we can not only reward these exceptional students, but ensure the continued success of Ohio’s oil and gas industry through fostering the education of our future energy leaders,” said Rhonda Reda, Executive Director, OOGEEP and the Foundation.

In Ohio and across the country, the oil and natural gas industry has placed great emphasis on the training and education of the next generation of energy workers. With average age of an oilfield worker at 55 years old, and the rapid growth of development across the state, this focus on training and education is imperative now, and in the years to come. These efforts have been a primary objective of OOGEEP, and the Foundation.

“The education of this generation is essential to meet the growing need for energy resources in Ohio and all of the United States, and it drives our need to encourage more students to pursue careers in the domestic energy fields. Today is the time to train and prepare our workforce to help discover, develop, and supply tomorrow’s energy resources, and supporting these outstanding young minds is a great start,” states Scholarship Committee Chairman Frank Gonzalez, GonzOil.

Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation 2014 Energy Scholarship Award Winners:

Belmont College
Matthew Yoder, Carrollton

Hobart Institute of Welding Technology
Lance Busch, Napoleon, OH
Brandon Rahn, Dayton, OH
Gabriele Travis, Worcester, NY

Kent State University - Stark
Nathan Haas, Alliance, OH

Malone University
Debra Harrington, Dellroy, OH
Josh Harley, Burbank, OH

Marietta College
Adam Stupak, Shadyside, OH
Cory Almady, Rocky River, OH
Joseph Pernell, Pataskala, OH
Trent Paul, Newark, OH
Carley Yontz, Woodsfield, OH
Joel Anderson, Dayton, OH
Eric Rothermel, Bridgeville, PA
Blair Wilson, Sidney, OH
Myles Shade, Lordstown, OH
Dakota West, Dennison, OH
Sheldon Mullet, Dundee, OH
Evan Hensel, Strasburg, OH
Jacob Markiewicz, Marietta, OH
John Moore, Fleming, OH
Kaitlin Pottmeyer, Fleming, OH
Erica Ohler, Wingett Run, OH
Abbey Tornes, Lowell, OH
Jason Long, New Martinsville, WV

North Central State College
Josh Widrick, Mansfield, OH

Pennsylvania State University
Zachary Black, Poland, OH

Stark State College
Thomas Holowecky, Avon, OH

The Ohio State University
Sean Harlan, Steubenville, OH

The Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute
Hunter Smith, Norwich, OH

The University of Akron
Madeline Lee, North Canton, OH
Stephen Callow, Girard, OH

University of Cincinnati
James Pike, Galena, OH

University of Mount Union
Emily Zbasnik, Minerva, OH
Ashley Haas, Alliance, OH

University of Pittsburgh
Jeffrey Schallick, Columbiana, OH

Virginia Tech
Connor O'Brien, Alliance, OH

West Virginia University
Derek Craig, Fairfield, OH
Alec Rufener, Mogadore, OH
Grant Stokes, Wooster, OH

Wheeling Jesuit University
Benjamin Standiford, Cambridge, OH

Youngstown State University
Haileh Ahmed, Canfield, OH

Zane State College
Levi Davis, Athens, OH
Jacob Altier, Glouster, OH
Joseph Zollars, Killbuck, OH

Photos available upon request. Please contact Dan Alfaro at for additional information or to request a photograph.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program is a non-profit statewide public outreach program. The mission of OOGEEP is to facilitate educational, scholarship, safety and training programs; to promote public awareness about the industry; and to demonstrate to the general public the environmental, energy and economic benefits of Ohio’s independent natural gas and crude oil producers. OOGEEP is not funded with any tax payer dollars. Scholarships are primarily funded through special industry training proceeds, memorial contributions, and general donations from Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil industry.



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