From the Granville-based Ohio Oil and gas Energy Education Program:
Granville, Ohio. As growth continues in the exploration, drilling and production of Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil industry, so does the need to provide scholarship opportunities to students who are seeking energy careers. The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Foundation (Foundation) has awarded thirty-five scholarships to well qualified and highly motivated students.
The members of the OOGEEP and Foundation’s Scholarship Committee consists of industry leaders, and judge the students on career goals, an essay, letters of recommendation, academic achievement, awards or special recognitions, community service and other outside activities. The applicants must also be an Ohio resident or planning to attend an Ohio college, university or vocational school.
The Petroleum Engineering Program at Marietta College, one of the oldest in the country, continues to lead in scholarship recipients with awards to the following Ohio students: Chelsea Almady, North Olmsted; Matt Boothe, Dublin; Jacob Double, Marietta; Hannah Duncan, Norwalk; John Fryman, Little Hocking; Sarah Gallahan, Peru; Aleisha Guiler, Lower Salem; Matthew Johnson, Cambridge; Darin Morgenstern, Whipple; Ellen Schott, Caldwell; Mark Torres, North Aurora; Joel Anderson, Dayton; Kelsey Kallenborn, Marshallville; Jeffrey Lucas, Ironton; Jacob Markiewicz, Marietta; John Moore, Fleming; Trever Pontius, Salesville; Kaitlin Pottmeyer, Fleming; Taylor Pottmeyer, Marietta; Simon Sanders, Cleveland; Nicole Schaly, Ashland; Dakota West, Dennison; and Zachary Zody, Wooster.
Kent State University had several recipients including: Brianna Vayner, Lake Milton, (Geoscience); Nathan Haas, Alliance, (Geology); and Erica Schubert, New Philadelphia, (Geology). Other new scholarship winners included: Marcy Angelo, Hubbard, (Geology), Youngstown State University; Derek Craig, Fairfield, (Petroleum Engineering), West Virginia University; Phillip Dunning, Westerville, (Civil Engineering/ Geology), The Ohio State University; Kimberly Landreth, Brunswick, (Geology), University of Akron; Jeffery Schallick, Columbiana, (Chemical Engineering), University of Pittsburgh; Emily Zabasnik, Minerva, (Environmental Science), University of Mount Union; and Joseph Zollars, Killbuck, (Natural Gas Technology), Zane State College.
For the first time in the scholarship program’s history, the Committee also awarded scholarships at the technical level and awarded welding scholarships to: Joshua Honaker, Lewisburg, and Cory Sestak, Perrysburg, to attend the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology.
“Advances in technology and energy demand drive our need to encourage more students to pursue careers in Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil industry,” states Scholarship Committee Chairman Frank Gonzalez.
OOGEEP Executive Director, Rhonda Reda, adds “OOGEEP’s economic impact study, released last fall, estimates that over 200,000 jobs will be needed in this local industry by 2015. Now is the time to train and prepare our workforce to help develop, produce and supply Ohio’s future energy resources. Supporting and rewarding these outstanding students is a great start.”
The 2012 Scholarships were 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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