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Energy scholarship awarded to Akron's Derek Troyer

By Bob Downing Published: July 16, 2013

A press release from the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program:


Derek Troyer of Akron was one of 40 students to be awarded a scholarship from the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation (Foundation). The scholarships are given to students pursuing careers in Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil industry.

“Changes in technology and energy demand drive our need to encourage more students to pursue careers in Ohio’s energy industry. By establishing scholarship opportunities, Ohio’s Oil and Gas Industry wants to reward these outstanding students who will certainly help develop, produce and supply tomorrow’s energy needs,” states Rhonda Reda, Executive Director, OOGEEP and the Foundation.

The members of the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee consists of industry leaders that review every application to ensure the applicants have the desire to get an education that will assist them as they pursue their energy career goal. Other requirements include students to be either an Ohio resident or planning to attend an Ohio college, university or trade school. The students are judged on career goals, an essay, letters of recommendation, academic achievement, awards or special recognitions, community service and other outside activities. The Committee members bring a wide variety of experience and knowledge of the industry to the review and award process.

“This is our sixth year of scholarship awards, and many of these students now have careers in our industry. The Scholarship program, voluntarily funded by Ohio’s oil and gas industry, is important because the knowledge that young students are gaining will enable more energy to be produced at less cost and with a smaller environmental impact,” adds Frank Gonzalez, GonzOil, Inc., and Scholarship Committee Chair.

Troyer will study mechanical engineering at The University of Akron this fall.

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 and the Foundation are funded by Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil producers and do not use taxpayer dollars.

For more information on OOGEEP or careers in the oil and gas industry, visit



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