Oil and gas funds college scholarships

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The OERB says students at state universities have been awarded $283,000 in scholarships from the people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The scholarship recipients, part of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board’s (OERB) Petroleum Scholar Program, were selected through an application process based on their outstanding grades and work ethic. They include freshmen through seniors majoring in petroleum engineering, geosciences or energy management at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa. Since 2005, the people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas have provided more than $5 million in scholarships. The goal of the program is to keep these future leaders in Oklahoma.

“The people of Oklahoma Oil & Natural Gas are passionate about investing in the next generation of our industry and our state’s future leaders,” said OERB Executive Director Mindy Stitt. “Through their voluntary funding, we are able to provide valuable scholarships to these hard-working students.”

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Students can apply during each year of undergraduate work. The scholarship amount increases annually, with a $7,500 maximum scholarship for seniors. Petroleum Scholars also receive exclusive access to industry networking events and educational activities. The scholarship application period for the 2023-2024 school year will be opened on November 1. For a list of criteria or for more information, visit oerb.com/scholarships. 

The OERB is funded by more than 2,500 producers and thousands of royalty owners across Oklahoma through a voluntary one-tenth of 1 percent assessment on oil and natural gas production. Since 1993, the agency’s purpose is to clean historic well sites and support educational initiatives.