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Made possible with funding and support from Ohio’s crude oil and natural gas producers and affiliated industries, the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 OOGEEP Scholarships and recognize the winners of the OOGEEP award at the 2016 Ohio State Science Day.
OOGEEP awarded scholarships to 50 students pursuing careers in Ohio’s oil and gas industry and recognized 24 students who competed for the OOGEEP award at the Ohio Academy of Science’s State Science Day. Since its inception, OOGEEP has recognized more than 350 students for their excellence.
“Ohio’s oil and gas industry considers it a privilege to recognize the best and brightest students our state has to offer,” said Marty Miller, OOGEEP Board Chairman and Sr. Vice President of Operations, Alliance Petroleum Corp. “Two huge parts of OOGEEP’s mission are to encourage science education through programs like our science fair awards and to help individuals in their pursuit of oil and gas careers through scholarships. Our state is in good hands knowing these remarkable men and women are our future.”
OOGEEP scholarships were awarded to 50 students representing 18 local universities, colleges or technical institutes. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years and funding is made possible by special industry training proceeds, memorial contributions and general donations from Ohio’s oil and gas industry. Winners must have an energy career goal and be either an Ohio resident or attending an Ohio educational institution. A committee of oil and gas industry professionals volunteer their time to judge the students on career goals, essays, letters of recommendation, academic achievement, awards of special recognition, community service and other outside activities.
“Students continue to show great interest in obtaining careers in our industry, and we’re glad to help them pursue their dreams,” said Frank Gonzalez, OOGEEP Scholarship Committee Chair and Secretary/Treasurer, GonzOil, Inc. “It’s critical that our industry continue to support the next generation of workers who will be hired into the 75 different careers available in Ohio’s oil and gas industry, and will help to fulfill our local energy needs for years to come.”
Ohio’s State Science Day is one of the largest events of its kind in the nation and the equivalent of a state athletic championship. More than 1,000 students from around the state compete and OOGEEP judges students on their scientific research, communication skills and outstanding work or knowledge about crude oil and/or natural gas in the areas of geology, engineering, chemistry, technology, microbiology, physics and environmental sciences. OOGEEP recognizes students with a certificate and a cash prize.
“Each and every year, we continue to be amazed by these aspiring young scientists and award winners,” said Rhonda Reda, OOOGEEP Executive Director. “The knowledge and demonstration of science, technology, engineering and math in their projects is so impressive. Coupled with our scholarship recipients, it’s rewarding for our organization and industry to be able to salute these students for all that they have already accomplished.”
To date, OOGEEP has recognized 353 students with scholarship or science fair awards. These students represent 200 hometowns in 49 Ohio counties. Below are the lists of scholarship winners and schools represented, followed by the list of science fair winners.
Anthony Bazler II
Science Fair Winners
Muhammed Harini Abdel-Ghani Akula
Devi Dheekshita Nelakurti
John Barry Wharff
About the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program
The Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) is a nonprofit statewide education and public outreach organization. OOGEEP is funded by Ohio’s oil and gas operators through an assessment on the production of all oil and gas produced in the state. The primary mission of OOGEEP is to facilitate programs that benefit Ohioans on behalf of the industry. Some of these programs include teacher workshops, scholarships, science fairs, firefighter training, industry safety training, career and workforce development, research, landowner education and guest speaker programs. OOGEEP has developed nationally recognized curriculum and training programs, and has received numerous national and state awards from a variety of sources. For more information, visit www.oogeep.org.