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OOGEEP Scholarships

Published: July 1, 2017 12:09 PM

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program announced that Carter Streiff of Salesville, Ohio has received a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a career in the oil and natural gas industry. Streiff is working toward an engineering degree at Ohio University.

“The oil and gas industry is growing now more than ever before,” said Streiff. “Once I receive my degree, I will be able to do my part in helping the industry prosper.”

Five Muskingum County students have received scholarship funding to continue their higher education studies in the oil and gas industry through a program sponsored by the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program.

Samuel Wilhelm and Tyler Sealover of Zanesville, Payton Henderson of Chandlersville, Hunter Barnes of Duncan Falls and Mitchell Horner of New Concord have each received $1,000 scholarships to pursue oil and natural gas related degrees. Horner, Sealover and Wilhelm are Muskingum University students, while Henderson and Barnes attend Marietta College.

“There is so much good that comes out of our energy infrastructure, that I knew I had to be a part of it,” said Wilhelm. “OOGEEP has been with me every step of the way.”

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“I enjoy problem solving and finding better ways to do things,” says Horner. “I will bring these qualities to the oil and gas industry to find ways to better it.”

“I want to make the oil industry more efficient with resources,” said Henderson. “I aspire to help promote public awareness of the oil industry and its economic benefits to society.”
“I want to search and find new ways to bring energy to the energy poor countries using oil and gas,” said Barnes.

“I want to continue what others have begun to do, in paving the way for not only innovative change, but also be a pioneer of efficiency,” said Sealover. “I have more than enough energy to put into the forward moving energy industry.”

This year, OOGEEP has awarded another 50 scholarships to students pursuing careers in Ohio’s oil and gas industry. To date, the OOGEEP’s scholarship program has funded over $350,000 in scholarships to students attending 31 different colleges, universities and trade or technical schools pursuing 39 different career degrees or certificates. A complete list of scholarship recipients is available here.

“As Ohio’s crude oil and natural gas industry moves toward advancing our state, nation and the world with reliable and affordable energy, these students will be at the forefront of this activity,” said Frank Gonzalez, Scholarship Committee Chair, and GonzOil, Inc. “We are encouraged by their determination, leadership and commitment as they chart their career goals within our industry.”

“Ohio’s oil and natural gas producers are committed to seeking out and assisting the next generation of energy industry leadership in our state,” said Rhonda Reda, OOGEEP Executive Director. “Our scholarship recipients represent some of our state’s best and brightest students. We are excited to play a role in their educational journey.”

The scholarships are made possible by contributions from Ohio’s oil and natural gas producers, and funded through OOGEEP’s 501(c)(3) foundation. Each scholarship is renewal for up to four years. Producers and affiliated companies interested in supporting the industry’s scholarship efforts are encouraged to contact OOGEEP to learn how to make a tax-deductible donation.

OOGEEP works with over 70 Ohio colleges, universities, and career and technical schools that offer training for the 75 different careers serving the crude oil and natural gas industry.


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