The Colorado Mesa University Foundation and the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association announced availability of applications for the 2018 Colorado Energy Scholar Award Series. The Colorado Energy Scholar Award is worth $12,000 and recognizes Colorado's most outstanding student pursuing a future career in Colorado's energy industries.
The announcement of availability also introduces new awards within the prestigious series including the newly formed Chevron Energy Scholar Award, the Shear Family Energy Management/Landman Scholar Award, and the Energy Athlete Scholar Award.
Chris Clark, the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association's president, noted that the Colorado Energy Scholar award is a merit-based award that is much more than just a scholarship. "The Colorado Energy Scholar Award is just one award within the series meant to showcase the skills, talents and hard work of Colorado's science and community-minded students," Clark said. "Even students who are fully scholarshipped are still eligible because the award is a merit-based recognition of a student seeking excellence in the areas of STEM."
The Colorado Energy Scholar Endowment Award was initially funded by a $25,000 donation from WSCOGA. The gift was matched by the CMU Unconventional Energy Center and combined with additional energy funds within the Colorado Mesa University Foundation. "The Colorado Mesa University Foundation prides itself on thinking outside the box creating programmatic initiatives that can encourage additional program growth in the future," said Liz Meyer, the university foundation's president and CEO.
In 2016, the Colorado Energy Scholar Award Series grew with the addition of the Chevron Energy Scholar Award. The Chevron Energy Scholar Award is issued to a student seeking a career in the areas of math, science and engineering. Nick Moschetti, Chevron's Colorado operations superintendent, said, "The Chevron Energy Scholar Award is an effort to support Colorado students interested in pursuing a career in science and math fields such as geology, math, biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental stewardship or any energy-related trades like welding or process technology." The Chevron Energy Scholar is selected each year by the Colorado Energy Scholar Award Series selection committee.
Also in 2017, the Shear Family of western Colorado added the 2017 Shear Family Land Management Scholarship with a fully endowed scholarship resulting from a significant philanthropic contribution. Said Chuck Shear, "Our family wanted to find a way to help grow the series while making sure that the newly accredited Landman/Energy Management Program received the contribution. The scholarship is our way of giving back to the university that has been so good to our family while also supporting energy-related fields and promoting the Landman Program in perpetuity."
The Shear Family Energy Management/Landman Scholar Award is available to a student pursuing a career in land and energy management.
Finally, the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association added in 2017 an additional $3,000 scholarship known as the Energy Athlete Scholar Award. Robert Drury, who founded the association energy scholarship program noted, "Athletes often have the leadership qualities that are critical to the future of the energy industry, so we wanted to find a way to support student athletes who want to pursue a future in energy business."
CMU Foundation president Brook Blaney concluded that when it comes to the $12,000 Energy Scholar Award and other awards in the scholarship series, "We are looking for students who are community minded, interested in energy-related fields, academically motivated, and interested in the quality of life that Colorado Mesa University has to offer students."
Students may apply for the 2018 Energy Scholar Award at www.wscoga.org.