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.

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.  Sudents must have at least one parent employed by an IOGAWV member company and will be attending a West Virginia college or university.

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. Her father, Anthony Ricottilli, is employed by Mountain Valley Bank.

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.

2018  IOGAWV Scholarship Winners

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) has awarded scholarships to eight 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.

Kimberly Morris has been named to receive the Jim Gehr Scholarship given annually to the student who exhibits the greatest commitment to community
service. Morris is graduating from Bridgeport High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her mother, Karen Morris, is retired from Dominion.

Garrett Jordan 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. Talbott is graduating from Cabell Midland High School and will be attending Marshall University. His father, Dwayne Jordan, is employed
by MRC.

Bayleigh Meadows has been named to receive the Rubin Scholarship. This scholarship, funded by Steve Rubin, Blue Creek Gas, honors Dan, Sam and Stan Rubin, for their contributions to the oil and gas industry in West Virginia. Meadows is graduating from Nitro High School and will be attending Concord University. Her father, Jim Meadows, is employed by Putnam Natural Gas.

Karleigh Meadows has been named to receive the Kenny Greenlief Scholarship, funded by Waco Oil & Gas. Meadows is graduating from Nitro High School and will be attending Marshall University. Her father, Jim Meadows, is employed by Putnam Natural Gas.

Abigail Harvath has been named to receive the Dale Rettinger Scholarship which honors highest academic achievement.  Harvath is graduating from Sherman High School and will be attending Fairmont State University. Her father, Steven Harvath, is employed by Core Appalachia.

Matthew Harvey has been named to receive an IOGAWV Scholarship. Harvey is graduating from Brooke High School and will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan College. His father, David Harvey, is employed by Eagle Manufacturing.

Hope Marling has been named to receive an IOGAWV Scholarship.  Marling is graduating from George Washington High School and will be attending WVU-Potomac State. Her mother, Romonda Marling, is employed by Lewis Glasser, PLLC.

Nathanial Scott has been named to receive an IOGAWV Scholarship.  Scott is graduating from Fairmont Senior High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, Adam Scott, is employed by Antero Resources.

2017  IOGAWV Scholarship Winners

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) has awarded $1,000 scholarships to seven outstanding high school seniors this spring. The recipients will be attending West Virginia schools and at least one parent works for an IOGAWV member company.

Jonathan Stodola has been named to receive the Jim Gehr Scholarship given annually to the student who exhibits the greatest commitment to community service. Stodola is graduating from Herbert Hoover High School and will be attending Wheeling Jesuit University. His father, Charles Stodola, is employed by Trans Canada. His scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies May 12.

Robert Talbott 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. Talbott is graduating from South Harrison High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, Christopher Talbott, is employed by Dominion Transmission. His scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies May 25.

Megan Morral has been named to receive the Rubin Scholarship. This scholarship, funded by Steve Rubin, Blue Creek Gas, honors Dan, Sam and Stan Rubin, for their contributions to the oil and gas industry in West Virginia. Morral is graduating from Elkins High School and will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan College. Her mother, Georgia Morral, is employed by Mountaineer Gas Company. Her scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies on May 17.

Jerrod Hildreth has been named to receive the Kenny Greenlief Scholarship, funded by Waco Oil & Gas. Hildreth is graduating from Roane County High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, Jon Hildreth, is employed by Roy G. Hildreth & Son, Inc. His scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies on May 16.

Sarah Cokeley has been named to receive the Dale Rettinger Scholarship. Cokeley is graduating from Ritchie County High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her father, Edward Cokeley, is employed by Briar Hill Energy, Inc. Her scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies May 16.

Nathan Burd has been named to receive an IOGAWV Scholarship. Burd is graduating from Parkersburg High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, Charlie Burd, is a member of and employed by IOGAWV. His scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies on May 22.

Molly Swartzmiller has been named to receive an IOGAWV Scholarship. Swartzmiller is graduating from Oak Glen High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her father, Randal Swartzmiller, is employed by Ergon

2015  IOGAWV Scholarship Winners

The Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (IOGAWV) has awarded scholarships to eight 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.

Brandon Fazalare has been named to receive the Jim Gehr Scholarship given annually to the student who exhibits the greatest commitment to community service. Fazalare is graduating from Lincoln High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, Gary Fazalre, is employed by Stantec Consulting. His scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies May 28.

Victoria 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. Her father, Benjamin Endres, is employed by MRC. Her scholarship was presented during school ceremonies May 1.

Emily Trosclair has been named to receive the Rubin Scholarship. This scholarship, funded by Steve Rubin, Blue Creek Gas, honors Dan, Sam and Stan Rubin, for their contributions to the oil and gas industry in West Virginia. Trosclair is graduating from Hurricane High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her father, Stephen Trosclair, is employed by Chesapeake Energy. Her scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies on May 28.

Johnathan Lancaster has been named to receive the Kenny Greenlief Scholarship, funded by Waco Oil & Gas. Lancaster is graduating from Tyler Consolidated High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, Randy Lancaster, is employed by Perkins Oil & Gas Co. His scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies on May 18.

Lauren Shelton has been named to receive the Dale Rettinger Scholarship. Shelton is graduating from George Washington High School and will be attending University of Charleston. Her parents, John and Jennifer Shelton, are employed by Columbia Pipeline Group. Her scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies May 15.

Megan Talbott has been named to receive an IOGAWV Scholarship. Talbott is graduating from South Harrison High School and will be attending Fairmont State University. Her father, Christopher Talbott, is employed by Dominion Transmisson. Her scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies on May 28.

Erin O’Leary has been named to receive an IOGAWV Scholarship. O’Leary is graduating from Wheeling Central Catholic High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her father, Craig O’Leary, is employed by Regional Economic Development. Her scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies on May 20.

Holly Farkosh has been named to receive an IOGAWV Scholarship. Farkosh is graduating from Ripley High School and will be attending Marshall University. Her father, Randall Farkosh, is employed by Energy Corporation of America.