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Colorado Energy Sector Invests More in Mavericks Each Year

$46,600 in scholarships awarded for 2022-23 school year and new endowment created with $10,000 donation for football players studying subjects related to energy

The Colorado Energy Scholar Award Series is one of the largest collective endowments at the Colorado Mesa University Foundation. For the past decade, Colorado Oil & Gas Association – Western Slope (WSCOGA) and member companies like Chevron and Shear, Inc have been increasingly generous to CMU each year.  
“We are so proud to invest in the future of our natural gas and oil energy industry through scholarships to Colorado Mesa University,” said WSCOGA Executive Director Chelsie Miera. “Fueling local and global economies safely, efficiently and wisely is a job for the brightest minds. We’re proud to remove financial barriers for students in our community that are passionate about rising to meet the world’s energy challenges,” said Executive Director of WSCOGA Chelsie Miera. 

In September, the CMU Foundation awarded $46,000 to ten students pursuing careers in STEM related fields: 

Western Colorado Energy Scholar Endowment 

Kevin Clark- $7,000 

Kaya Wick- $7,000 

Luke Williams- $7,000 

WSCOGA Chevron Energy Scholar Award 

Ashlynd Harris- $3,300 

WSCOGA Heifner-Kennedy Family Energy Scholar Endowment 

Taneal Mautz- $1,000 

Shear Family Energy Management/Landman Program Endowed Scholarship 

Jared Chapman- $5,000 

Luke Rohweder- $5,000 

Ashley Bradford- $5,000 

Taneal Mautz- $1,000 

Stephen Smith Women in Landman/Energy Management Endowed Scholarship 

Alene Winslow- $2,300 

WSCOGA Energy Athlete Award 

Sabastian Campbell $3,000 

The Colorado Energy Scholar Award Series was initially funded by an endowment from the WSCOGA in 2014. The following year, Chevron announced more funding as did the Shear Family and a host of other energy leaders in Western Colorado. 

WSCOGA brought a whole lot of Maverick spirit and another big donation to this year’s first home football game on September 17. By halftime, a brand new, fully endowed Funding Maverick Champions scholarship for football players studying a science, technology, engineering or mathematics related discipline was added to the association’s portfolio of giving. CMU Athletic Director Kimberly Miller joined WSCOGA on the field to share the news with the crowd.  

“I am so grateful to the association for their partnership and their generosity,” Miller said. “Their $10,000 donation to the Funding Maverick Champions program and the $10,000 match by the CMU Foundation gives Maverick footballers an unprecedented opportunity to take the mental toughness, dedication and leadership they exemplify on the field, and apply it to innovating the future of energy. These Mavericks will continue to make us proud!” 

Those interested in making additional contributions to The Colorado Energy Scholar Award Series are encouraged to visit and specify “Energy Scholars” in the giving form.  

To donate to Funding Maverick Champions 


Written by Hannah Odneal