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North Dakota Petroleum Council awards oil and gas scholarships

The next generation is moving into the oil fields with a bit of help from the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC).

From the Al Golden Scholarship Fund, the NDPC has awarded $18,000 to nine students with their sights set on the oil and gas industry. Each of the nine students will receive a $2,000 scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year to help with their post-secondary pursuit of becoming educated in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technology or other careers related to the industry.

The Al Golden Scholarship Fund was founded by the NDPC in 2008. It was named after North Dakota oil pioneer and the first member of the NDPC’s Hall of Fame, Al Golden, and created to encourage and support students interested in pursuing careers in the North Dakota’s oil and gas industry.

In a statement, NDPC President Ron Ness said, “Despite the downturn in oil and gas prices, the industry still requires a skilled, educated and knowledgeable workforce, especially as more and more current employees reach retirement age. The Bakken is a multigenerational play, and we will need these future energy leaders to help us create the new technologies and methods for recovering that resource for the benefit of our state and national economy and energy security.”

The recipients of the Al Golden Scholarship for 2015-2016 are:

Kayleigh Alme: A Bismarck native, Alme is a freshman at North Dakota State University where she is pursuing a degree in geology with the hopes of becoming part of the state’s energy industry.

Ashley Bohrer: After receiving her associates degree from Bismarck State College, she plans to transfer to the University of North Dakota to continue her education and eventually work in the energy industry.

William Eerdmans: Currently a senior at the University of North Dakota, he studies petroleum engineering and has been elected president of the campus’ Society of Petroleum Engineers twice.

Gabriel Ferragut: A junior at North Dakota State University, he is pursuing a degree in both physics and geology while minoring in mathematics with the hopes of furthering his education in graduate school, working in geophysics and teaching.

Steve Giesler: From farm-life to college-life, he is currently a junior at North Dakota State University who specializes in geotechnical engineering. He plans to earn a bachelor’s in civil engineering and later attend graduate school to study petroleum engineering.

Tanner Hopfauf: Inspired by the booming industry in his hometown of Dickinson, North Dakota, Hopfauf is now a sophomore at the University of North Dakota where he majors in Petroleum Engineering and is an active member of the on campus Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Nicholas Hugo: Hailing from Rosemount, Minnesota, he is currently a senior at North Dakota State University where he is studying geology and biology. After graduation, he plans to pursue a graduate degree in paleontology.

Sean Ternes: A Bismarck native, he is a senior at North Dakota State University majoring in geology and has interned with the North Dakota Geological Survey.

Wade Rath-Wald: Having graduated with an Associates in Applied Science degree in Process Plant Technology from Bismarck State College, he plans to continue his education at BSC and earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Energy Management.

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