Preparing Millenials For Careers In Ohio's Oil And Gas Industry
A Guest Column by State Senator Troy Balderson
September 04, 2015
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The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) recently awarded 56 students, pursuing careers in the oil and gas industry, scholarships of up to $1,000 for the 2015 academic year. These students represent 19 universities, colleges or technical institutions and all share a common pursuit toward careers in the energy industry. 

These annual scholarships are funded by industry training funds, memorial contributions and general donations from Ohio’s oil and gas industry. As Ohio’s oil and gas workforce ages – the average age of an oilfield worker is 55 – we must continue to invest in training opportunities to fill positions within this in-demand industry. Through the available scholarships, OOGEEP is making it mutually beneficial for students who wish to study in the field.

OOGEEP scholarships are available for various career paths, and are not exclusively for students pursuing four-year degrees; students enrolled at accredited technical schools may also be eligible for the scholarships. Past recipients have come from various fields of study including petroleum engineering, geology, welding, diesel mechanics, civil engineering, chemical engineering, finance and business administration. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years, contingent on maintaining a 2.5 GPA or better. 

Since 2007, the OOGEEP has awarded over 250 scholarships to students from 99 different towns across 48 Ohio counties, totaling $251,000. 

Minimum eligibility requirements for OOGEEP scholarships include the following: 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen; 
  • Must have a career goal related to energy or the oil and natural gas industry; 
  • Must be an Ohio resident, or a student attending an accredited Ohio college, university or trade school; 
  • Must include an essay describing the applicants personal and career goals, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, awards, community service, work history, financial needs and influences. 
  • Submission of transcripts are encouraged, but not required.

These scholarships exemplify how Ohio’s Oil and Gas Energy Education Program is taking a pro-active approach to strengthening the future of the oil and gas workforce. These programs play an important role in supporting the oil and gas industry and Ohio’s economy. Above all, these programs make a positive difference in our communities and provide meaningful opportunities for Ohio’s young people.

Interested candidates can find more information and apply online at

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