New scholarship opportunity energizes institution
Monday, November 9, 2015 10:00 AM
Colorado Mesa University and the Western Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association (WSCOGA) have created a new endowment that will provide an annual scholarship award to Colorado’s most outstanding student pursuing a future career in western Colorado’s diverse energy industries.
“As this endowment grows, each year we’ll be searching high and low for Colorado’s most deserving student who wants to work in energy and who wants a top notch energy education at Colorado Mesa University,” said Susan Alvillar, the association’s president.
The Western Colorado Energy Scholars Endowment initially will be funded by a $25,000 donation from WSCOGA. That gift will be matched by the CMU Unconventional Energy Center. The amount of the annual scholarship will be determined by the amount of funds generated by the endowment. Other donations intended to support energy programs at CMU will be combined with the endowment.
“The CMU Foundation is always gratified to work with our industry partners to help our students complete their degrees. Though CMU is very reasonably priced, college is expensive and WSCOGA willingness to help worthy students is admirable,” said Teresa Anson, president of the CMU Foundation board. “It is also important that the Unconventional Energy Center continue in its mission that includes helping students prepare to be part of an educated, skilled workforce.”
Quint Shear, a long-time university supporter, alumnus and association member, said WSCOGA intends the scholarship to be a long-term commitment.
“Our board will be looking to grow this endowment over the next decade to become Colorado’s most prestigious science-based scholarship award. We’re already receiving interest in additional donors before the ink has dried and that is truly an exciting development,” Shear said.
To be eligible for the scholarship award, a Colorado student must demonstrate through essay, extracurricular activities and academic performance the skills necessary to become a high performing future energy professional. A student needn’t be enrolled to apply for the scholarship but the scholarship applies only to CMU programs. Campus energy related programs include Landman/energy management, mechanical engineering, environmental science, geology, machining, welding or process systems technology.
“From natural gas and oil shale to wind, nuclear, solar and geothermal, western Colorado has diverse energy sectors that need a highly qualified and technically skilled workforce,” said CMU President Tim Foster. “Our institution isn’t in the energy business but we seek to teach and train people who will be in the future. This prestigious award is a reflection of our university’s strong partnerships in the region and community.”
A scholarship committee that includes representatives of university, association and community will select the scholarship recipient each year prior to WSCOGA’s annual meeting in February. Students may apply for the scholarship through the CMU Financial Aid Office.
Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations