IOGAWV Scholarship Program

In 1997, the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia, Inc. (IOGAWV) established its Scholarship Program in an effort to become more involved in higher education in West Virginia. The Scholarship Program was specifically created to reward the outstanding scholastic achievements of high school seniors whose parents work in the oil and natural gas industry for IOGAWV membership companies. The Association now also awards deserving high school “student employees” who have completed a required number of working hours at an IOGAWV member company. Since the Scholarship Program’s inception, IOGAWV has awarded a total of $168,500 in scholarships to these very deserving students.  Beginning in 2020, we are offering two scholarships to students attending vocational and/or technical schools.

College/University Scholarship Eligibility Rules:

1. Applicant must be a West Virginia high school senior.
2. Applicant must be a dependent of an employee/retiree of an IOGAWV Company in good standing OR be employed by an IOGAWV Company in good standing (Student employee must have worked a minimum of 400 hours. Validation of hours worked and a letter of recommendation from the employer must be provided).

3. Applicant must enroll in a four year West Virginia college or university.

4. Applicant must compose a 300-500 word essay answering the question: “Describe your community’s perception of the Oil and Gas Industry and explain how you would improve it.”

5. Application must be signed by the high school counselor.

6. The completed application (including the AP and Honors Courses, Extracurricular Activities Including Employment, and Community Service and Other Activities forms) along with the student’s essay, transcript and ACT scores must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 20, 2020 IOGAWV will accept applications and accompanying essays postmarked between January 2, 2020 and March 20, 2020. From all the applications received, an IOGAWV Scholarship Review Committee will review the qualifying applications and award scholarships in the early part of April 2020. The winners will be announced at their respective high school awards assemblies or commencement programs. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Dee Beane at 304-344-9867 or via e-mail at dbeane@iogawv.com.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

All forms below must be filled out in their entirety and signed by the school counselor. Please do not staple. 

2020 Scholarship Letter of Explanation

2020 Scholarship Application Requirements

2020 Scholarship Application Form

Advanced Placement and Honors Courses

Community Service and Non-School Activities (Including Employment)

Extracurricular School Activities

Vocational/Technical School Scholarship Eligibility Rules:

1. Applicant must be a West Virginia high school senior choosing a career path that benefits the oil and gas industry.
2. Applicant must be a dependent of an employee/retiree of an IOGAWV Company in good standing OR be employed by an IOGAWV Company in good standing (Student employee must have worked a minimum of 400 hours. Validation of hours worked and a letter of recommendation from the employer must be provided).

3. Applicant must enroll in a four year West Virginia community college or vocation/technical trade school.

4. Applicant must complete both pages of this form.

5. Application must ensure that this application and all necessary documents are postmarked no later than Friday, March 20, 2020.

ATTENTION STUDENT

After completing both pages of this form, deliver these documents to your high school guidance counselor.

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

Application Letter

Two pages of  forms below must be filled out in their entirety and signed by the school guidance counselor. Please do not staple. 

2020 Technical & Vocational Scholarship Application (page 1)

2020 Technical & Vocational Scholarship Application (page 2)

2018-2019  IOGAWV Scholarship Winners

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) has awarded scholarships to nine outstanding high school seniors this spring. The recipients will be attending a four-year West Virginia school and at least one parent works for an IOGAWV company.

Baylee Beaver has been named to receive the inaugural Lori Miller Smith Scholarship given to a female student who exhibits a passion for education. Beaver is graduating from Herbert Hoover High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her father, Robert Beaver, is employed by Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC.

Kryzstof Kudlak has been named to receive the Jim Gehr Scholarship given annually to the student who exhibits the greatest commitment to community service. Kudlak is graduating from Hurricane High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His mother, Crystal Kudlak, is employed by Huntington Banks.

Hannah Hollen has been named to receive the Dale Rettinger Scholarship which honors highest academic achievement. Hollen is graduating from Buckhannon Upshur High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her stepfather, Randall Lane, is employed by C & J Energy Services.

Kaitlyn Toney has been named to receive the Kenny Greenlief Scholarship, funded by Waco Oil & Gas. Toney is graduating from Calhoun County High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her father, Jeffery Toney, is employed by Dominion.

Kaeli Ricottilli has been named to receive the Rubin Scholarship. This scholarship, funded by Steve Rubin, honors Dan, Sam and Stan Rubin, for their contributions to the oil and gas industry in West Virginia. Ricottelli is graduating from Elkins High School and will be attending West Virginia University.

Ethan Endres has been named to receive the Brian Fox Scholarship which is funded by the Fox family to recognize his life and commitment to the oil and gas industry. Endres is graduating from St. Albans High School and will be attending Marshall University. His father, Benjamin Endres, is employed by MRC Global.

Summer Aguiar has been named to receive an IOGAWV scholarship. Aguiar is graduating from Buckhannon Upshur High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her mother, Janie Miller, is employed by PDC.

Marinna Heath has been named to receive an IOGAWV scholarship. Heath is graduating from Notre Dame High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her father, Michael Heath, is employed by Bear Contracting.

Madelyn Lalama has been named to receive an IOGAWV scholarship. Lalama is graduating from Bridgeport High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her mother, Ursula Lalama, is employed by Arnett Carbis Toothman.