RACINE — A local student has been awarded a scholarship from Ohio’s Oil and Gas Energy Education Program, or OOGEEP.
Darien Diddle, of Racine, was one of 56 students representing 19 colleges, technical institutes or universities. She studies petroleum engineering at Marietta College.
Recipients were determined by a committee made up of oil and gas industry professionals judged the students on career goals, essays, letters of recommendation, academic achievement, awards or special recognitions, community service and other outside activities.
“These students are the future of our industry and it’s an honor to assist them as they work toward a meaningful and rewarding career,”Frank Gonzalez, GonzOil and Chairman of the OOGEEP Scholarship Committee, said. “There are a variety of career opportunities in Ohio for these students and it’s exciting to watch as they become leaders who will provide efficient and reliable local energy for decades to come.”
According to data provided by OOGEEP, the average age of oilfield workers is 55 years old. Because of the increasing age, they have recently completed a multi-year project and identified 75 careers available in the oil and gas industry in Ohio. They also found that more than 70 companies or institutions offered training in these 75 careers.
“The scholarship awards demonstrate the industry’s commitment to help develop the next generation of Ohio’s oil and gas industry,” Rhonda Reda, OOGEEP Executive Director, said. “These are the best and the brightest students and we look forward to the day when we work with them, not as students, but as industry peers who will explore, develop and produce the energy resources that are crucial to our state and nation.”
This scholarship is renewable up to four years.
OOGEEP is so encouraged when young people, especially young women, such as Darien, show an interest in the Oil and Gas industry as a future profession,” Mark Bruce, OOGEEP communications director, said. “The workforce in our industry is aging and OOGEEP is so proud to be able to do our part to make our workforce younger and more diverse.”
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.