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For Immediate Release
May 21, 2015
Aimee Edwards, Public Information Officer
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Jeffrey Barrett, Deputy Director
Governor’s Office of Energy Development
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Lt. Gov. Cox announces Energy Workforce Scholarship Program
Governor’s Office of Energy Development partners with Chevron to launch a
video essay scholarship contest for 11th-grade students statewide
SALT LAKE CITY – The Governor’s Office of Energy Development and Chevron
will launch the Utah Energy Workforce Scholarship Program to expand
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational opportunities
for Utah students. The new energy education and workforce development
program is aligned with the state’s existing STEM curriculum.
Chevron, a company that has long demonstrated its leadership in the realm
of K-12 education, has deployed millions of dollars into Utah schools over
the last few years through its “Fuel Your School” program. Chevron is
expanding its commitment to STEM education in Utah by providing a generous
gift of $20,000 to launch the scholarship program.
Sharing the stage with Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox, Greg Gabel, Chevron’s
refinery manager for its Salt Lake refinery, said, “Chevron appreciates the
opportunity to build upon our commitment to K-12 through postsecondary
educational programs, by partnering with the Governor’s Office of Energy
Development and offering this scholarship which will provide increased
educational opportunities for students interested in STEM programs focused
on the energy sector.”
One 11th grader from each congressional district in Utah will have the
opportunity to receive a $5,000 scholarship to pursue an energy-related
degree from a Utah university by creating a short documentary that explores
the state’s energy sector. Students are encouraged to focus on the
individuals employed in that sector, whether a tool pusher in the oil and
gas fields of the Uinta Basin, or a contractor installing solar on a
distribution center roof in Layton. Scholarship will be awarded to four
students each year, and are intended to cover one semester at a Utah
institution of higher education.
Lt. Gov. Cox made the scholarship announcement at the fourth annual
Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit, presented by the Governor’s
Office of Energy Development at the Salt Palace Convention Center. This
year’s event featured Gov. Herbert, Gov. Hickenlooper of Colorado, and
keynote remarks from Greg Goff, CEO of Tesoro, Jack Gerard, CEO of the
American Petroleum Institute, and Jonathan Weisgall, VP of Legislative &
Regulatory Affairs for Berkshire Hathaway Energy. The Summit drew an
estimated 1,000 attendees.
About the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED)
Gov. Gary R. Herbert recognizes energy as one of the four cornerstones of
Utah’s strength, along with education, job creation, and
self-determination. In recognition of this priority, the Governor’s Office
of Energy Development (OED) was created in 2011 to advance Utah’s diverse
energy sector through planning, policy and direct engagement with the
private sector; and thereby to foster economic growth through energy
development and conservation activities and through the provision of
affordable, reliable energy.
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