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 $180,500 in scholarships to these very deserving students.  Beginning in 2020, we are offering two scholarships to students attending vocational and/or technical schools.

2020 Scholarship Recipients

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) has awarded scholarships to 12 outstanding high school seniors in 2020.  Students have at least one parent employed by an IOGAWV member company and will be attending a West Virginia college, university or technical school.

Emily Matteson has been named to receive the Lori Miller Smith Scholarship given annually to a student who exhibits a passion for education. Matteson is graduating from Brooke County High School and will be attending West Liberty University. Her father, William Matteson, is employed by Eagle Manufacturing.

John Bober IV has been named to receive the Jim Gehr Scholarship given annually to the student who excels academically and also exhibits the greatest commitment to community service. Bober is graduating from Brooke County High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, John Bober III, is employed by Eagle Manufacturing.

Riley McAllister has been named to receive the Dale Rettinger Scholarship which is given annually to the student with the highest academic achievement. McAllister is graduating from Brooke County High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, Charlie McAllister, is employed by Eagle Manufacturing.

Benjamin Kee has been named to receive the Kenny Greenlief Scholarship, funded by Waco Oil & Gas. Kee is graduating from Herbert Hoover High School and will be attending Glenville State College. His father, Patrick Kee, is employed by Mountain State Insurance.

Madison Hosaflook has been named to receive the Rubin Scholarship funded by Steve Rubin, which honors Dan, Sam and Stan Rubin, for their contributions to the oil and gas industry in West Virginia. Hosaflook is graduating from Liberty High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her mother, Mandy Hosaflook, is employed by Dominion Energy.

Madison Hankins has been named to receive the Brian Fox Scholarship funded by the Fox family to recognize his life and commitment to the oil and gas industry. Hankins is graduating from Liberty High School and will be attending Marshall University. Her mother, Stephanie Hankins, is employed by PDC Energy.

Josiah Underwood has been named to receive the inaugural ConServ “Blue Collar” Scholarship, which recognizes an outstanding student who plans to attend a vocational or trade school and seek a career in the oil and gas industry. Underwood is graduating from Elk Valley Christian School and will be attending Bridge Valley Community and Technical College. His father, Jeff Underwood, is employed by E&H Manufacturing.

Josie Grass has received an IOGAWV scholarship. Grass is graduating from Grafton High School and will be attending Fairmont State University. Her father, David Grass, is employed by Antero Resources.

Molly Grayson has received an IOGAWV scholarship. She is graduating from Warren Local High School and will be attending Alderson Broaddus University. Her father, Eric Grayson, is employed by HG Energy.

Robert Kelley has received an IOGAWV scholarship. He is graduating from South Harrison High School and will be attending Alderson Broaddus University. His father, Robert Kelley, is employed by Thrasher Engineering Group.

Colby Posey has received an IOGAWV scholarship. He is graduating from South Harrison High School and will be attending WVU. His mother, Kim Posey, is employed by Energy Transportation.

Morgan Turner has received an IOGAWV scholarship. She is graduating from Notre Dame High School and will be attending University of Charleston. Her mother, Michele Turner, is employed by Antero Resources.

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 19, 2021 IOGAWV will accept applications and accompanying essays postmarked between January 2, 2021 and March 19, 2021. From all the applications received, an IOGAWV Scholarship Review Committee will review the qualifying applications and award scholarships in the early part of April 2021. 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.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

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

2021 College 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 19, 2021.

ATTENTION STUDENT

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

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

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

2021 Technical & Vocational Scholarship Application

For a list of prior year winners, click here.