Through involvement in a recent global gas conference, the American Gas Association was looking for a way to leave a legacy on the industry. The result was a scholarship program to help advance the future natural gas industry workforce. The Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University was chosen as its inaugural recipient.

“Natural gas is the foundation fuel for a clean and secure energy future and an economic revitalization for our country,” said Dave McCurdy, president and chief executive officer of AGA. “Through this scholarship program, AGA is making an investment in helping to develop a skilled natural gas workforce capable of maintaining the 21st century technology that transports and utilizes this clean energy source, and serving the needs of more than 177 million Americans. Our commitment will help ensure the continued vitality of the American workforce and solidify the legacy of this new era of energy in America.”

The $50,000 gift will provide scholarships to undergraduate juniors and seniors in the Department. “By the time a student becomes a rising junior, he or she has determined their field of study and committed to education excellence in that area of focus, which is why we selected that timeframe,” said Lori Traweek, senior vice president and chief operating officer.

“On behalf of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and our Department, I would like to extends our thanks and sincere gratitude to the American Gas Association for this generous donation, which will enable us to retain high-ability students, and provide training for the industry’s future workforce, not only for the great state of West Virginia but the entire country as well,” said Samuel Ameri, chairperson of the Department. “Strong partnerships such as this one with AGA enable us to consistently produce the industry’s top talent and brightest minds. We are thrilled to be selected as AGA’s inaugural scholarship recipient.”

The gift was made in conjunction with “A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University.” The $750-million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.

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CONTACT: Mary C. Dillon, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

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