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    The Al Golden Memorial Scholarship Fund, named after North Dakota oil pioneer and the first member of the NDPC’s Hall of Fame Al Golden, was established in 2008 to support students who are pursuing post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technical skills or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The scholarships are part of the oil and gas industry’s efforts to help solve growing workforce demands in North Dakota.

    The North Dakota Petroleum Council awarded nine $2,000 scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year.  Recipients will receive $1,000.00 for the fall semester and $1,000.00 for the spring semester.


    To be ELIGIBLE for the award, students must:

    1. be undergraduates majoring in geology, earth science, geological engineering, petroleum engineering, energy economics and finance, process plant technology, energy management, petroleum production, mechanical maintenance, water and wastewater, and instrumentation and control at a North Dakota college/university, or have work/internship experience in the oil and gas industry;
    2. have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; and
    3. have completed at least 12 hours in geology, earth science, geological/petroleum engineering, chemistry, math, or safety.
    4. remain a full-time student for the fall semester of 2015 and the spring semester of 2016.


    To apply for the scholarship, applicants must SUBMIT the following:

    1. college transcripts,
    2. a one-page essay on career plans in their chosen major,
    3. a letter of reference reflecting on the student’s general character, work eithic, etc. from a college professor, and
    4. full contact information (name, address, email, phone number)

    Send applications to: NDPC – Al Golden Scholarship Fund, Attn: Brittany Jasper, PO Box 1395, Bismarck, ND 58502


    Please contact Brittany Rud with any questions at brittany@ndoil.org or 701.223.6380. Application for the 2016-2017 school year will open January 1, 2016.


    2015 Al Golden Memorial Scholarship Recipients:

     Kayleigh Alme Kayleigh Alme is a freshmen student at North Dakota State University, where she is pursuing a degree in geology.  The Bismarck native graduated from Century High School in 2014 as valedictorian.  She was a member of the Dean’s List during the fall semester of 2014. After graduation, Kayleigh hopes to be part of North Dakota’s energy industry.
     Ashley Bohrer Ashley Bohrer will be receiving her associates degree from BSC and then transferring to the University of North Dakota to continue her education. Last summer, Ashley interned with the City of Bismarck’s Engineering Department. After graduation she hopes to find employment in the energy industry in North Dakota.
     William Eerdmans William (Billy) Eerdmans is a senior attending UND. William is majoring in petroleum engineering and has been elected twice as the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ president on campus. This summer Billy worked as a drilling intern for Continental Resources in Oklahoma City. In the future, he hopes to gain experience in North Dakota’s premiere unconventional oil and gas plays, and he is also interested in the infrastructural challenges brought forth by the oil and gas renaissance in North Dakota.
     Gabriel Farragut Gabriel Ferragut is a junior at NDSU pursuing degrees in both physics and geology and minoring in mathematics.  He hopes to use these skills in attending graduate school and working in geophysics and teaching. He loves the outdoors as most students of geology do and is a passionate fisherman and general angler.
     Steven Giesler Steven Giesler was born and raised on a farm near Kulm, North Dakota. Throughout his youth, he was interested in geology, mathematics, and school design projects. This lead him to North Dakota State University, where he is now a junior specializing in geotechnical engineering. He has worked hard to maintain academic excellence, making the Dean’s List each semester and undertaking research for the NDSU Civic and Environmental Engineering Department. He looks forward to a summer internship with American Engineering Testing, Inc., where he will work in Dickinson, North Dakota on the oil pads.  His long-term plan is to obtain a Civil Engineering, B.S. and attend graduate school to study petroleum engineering.
     Tanner Hopfauf Tanner Hopfauf is a sophomore attending the University of North Dakota. He is majoring in Petroleum Engineering and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers on campus. Tanner grew up in Dickinson, ND surrounded by the booming industry, which lead to his decision in degree choice. This summer, Tanner will be interning with Continental Resources in Killdeer as a production engineering intern. In the future, Tanner would like to work in North Dakota and remain involved in the growing industry.
     Hugo Nicholas Hugo is a native of Rosemount, MN. He is a senior level geology and biology major at North Dakota State University (NDSU), with the hope of graduating in May of 2016. He plans on pursuing a graduate degree in paleontology post-graduation.
     ternes Sean Ternes grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota and graduated from Century High School. He is a senior attending NDSU and majoring in geology. He has interned with North Dakota Geologic Survey.
     Rathwald Wade Rath-Wald graduated with an Associates in Applied Science degree in Process Plant Technology from Bismarck State College. He will continue his education at BSC this year to pursue a Bachelors of Science degree in Energy Management. Wade is currently employed with ONEOK in Watford City, N.D., as a plant operator.