Ohio oil and gas scholarships awarded to area students

July 1, 2018

The Daily Jeff. More than 60 students including five from Guernsey County, have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program and Foundation. The scholarships were awarded to students pursuing degrees in the oil and gas industry.

“We were very impressed with the caliber of students that applied for this year’s oil and gas scholarships,” said OOGEEP Scholarship Committee Chair Frank Gonzalez from GonzOil Inc. of Canton. “We are proud to be able to support these students as they continue their education.

“OOGEEP’s launch 20 years ago we have seen significant changes within our industry, including the substantial increase in the number of smart, ambitious and hard-working women and men who are committing themselves to our industry’s success.”

This year, OOGEEP awarded 21 renewal and 41 new scholarships to students attending 27 institutions covering 17 majors. In addition to their studies, these students will engage in industry internships, co-ops and research studies throughout the year.

The scholarship winners may use the funds to attend an accredited college, university, technical or trade school of their choice. A list of winners can be found on the OOGEEP website www.oogeep.org/teacher-students/scholarships/.

This year’s scholarship recipients from Guernsey County included:

‒ Koby Berger of Cambridge, who plans to attend Marietta College to study petroleum engineering.

‒ Parker Black of Byesville, who attends Ohio Valley University and studies energy management and production engineering.

‒ Janessa Flood of Quaker City, who attends Muskingum University and studies petroleum geology.

‒ Justin Hawthorne of Cambridge, who plans on attending Kent State University to study geology.

‒ Carter Streiff of Salesville, who attends Ohio University Eastern and studies mechanical engineering. Streiff is a two-time recipient of an OOGEEP scholarship while the other four are first-time recipients.

In addition to the scholarship program, OOGEEP works with more than 70 Ohio colleges, universities and career and technical schools that offer training for the 80-plus careers serving the natural gas and crude oil industry.

Scholarship winners are engaged in a variety of studies including geology, engineering, welding, business management, chemistry and energy resource management.

“Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil industry is helping to fuel our nation’s renewed energy independence,” said OOGEEP Executive Director Rhonda Reda. “OOGEEP’s scholarship winners have and will continue to become significant contributors to a local industry that will soon become among the world’s largest energy producers.”

To learn more about careers in Ohio’s oil and gas industry including the list of local colleges, universities, career tech and vocational schools offering oil and natural gas specific degrees, certificates and training, visit www.oogeep.org/industry-workforce/careers/.

Links to OOGEEP’s recently launched “Oil and Gas Careers in Ohio” video series can be viewed at www.youtube.com/user/OOGEEP1. This series of 28 modern career videos highlights more than 75 in-demand jobs within Ohio’s crude oil and natural gas industry.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program is a non-profit statewide education and public outreach program. Created in 1998, OOGEEP provides a variety of programs throughout the Ohio. These programs primarily focus on teacher workshops, scholarships, science fair, firefighter training, industry training, career and workforce development, research and guest speaker programs.

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