Applicants sought for energy industry scholarships

Applications remain available for college scholarships that will be awarded to students pursuing careers in the energy industry in Colorado.

The Colorado Mesa University Foundation and West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association will award the Colorado Energy Scholar Award worth $12,000.

Three other scholarships also will awarded: the Chevron Energy Scholar Award, Shear Family Energy Management/Landman Scholar Award and Energy Athlete Scholar Award.

Students may apply for the awards online at

Chris Clark, president of the WSCOGA, said the Colorado Energy Scholar award is more than 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 Chevron Energy Scholar Award is issued to a student seeking a career in the areas of math, science and engineering.

“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,” said Nick Moschetti, Colorado operations superintendent for Chevron.

The Shear family of Western Colorado added the Shear Family Land Management Scholarship with a fully endowed scholarship resulting from a significant philanthropic contribution. The Shear Family Energy Management/Landman Scholar Award is available to a student pursuing a career through the Land and Energy Management Program at CMU.

“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,” said Chuck Shear. “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.”

WSCOGA offers an additional $3,000 Energy Athlete Scholar Award.

“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 the energy business, and we look forward to adding a fourth Energy Scholar award to the series,” said Robert Drury, who founded the association energy scholarship program.

Brook Blaney, president of the CMU Foundation, described good applicants for  the scholarships. “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.”

Carley Maher, the WSCOGA program coordinator and a CMU alumni, said the group is committed to the award series. “The West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association is looking to find the best and brightest as we grow the Energy Scholar Award Series over the next decade. We will not stop until the series is Colorado’s most prestigious science-based student award series in Colorado.”

An awards presentation ceremony is scheduled for February as part of the WSCOGA annual meeting.