Fall 2018 EEM Scholarships Recipents Announced


This summer, the Energy Education for Michigan combined scholarship application received 55 submissions for fall of 2018, nearly doubling in the number of applicants for the second year in a row. In 2017, Energy Education for Michigan (EEM) completed its Scholarship Application Re-vamp with the help of MOGA's Education Committee chaired by Drew Martin. This re-vamp was intended to honor the original intent of the donors to both the James Bigard and Tony Howard Scholarships while increasing the reach of EEM scholarships. A combined, fully online application has accomplished just that.

The Tony Howard Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 in honor of Howard, who died Oct. 11, 2010, following a career in all phases of oil and gas drilling that spanned more than 50 years. While The James Bigard Scholarship Fund was created following the Sept. 16, 2012, passing of Bigard, who built his company from a single drilling rig to a fleet of as many as 13, including the state’s first rated to 20,000 feet.

This year, in addition to the Tony Howard and James Bigard Scholarships, we have the inclusion of The William k. Roth Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established following the Oct. 16th, 2017 passing of William K. "Bill" Roth, legendary Michigan petroleum geologist and mentor, whose steadfast leadership spanned his 58 year career in Michigan’s Oil and Gas Business.

We are excited to announce the fall 2018 EEM Scholarship recipients. Cutting edge technologies and bright young minds like these will continue to drive Michigan’s industry into the future.


James Bigard Scholarships:

Austin M. Johnson of Onsted is currently studying Exploration Geology at Western Michigan University. Outside of the classroom, he serves as the President of the student chapters of both the Society of Exploration Geologists and American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He is also an active member of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association.

Robert L. Repke of the Galesburg area currently attends Western Michigan University. He is studying chemical engineering with an emphasis on fuel cell technology and has spent the last four summers interning with Consumers Energy in natural gas delivery and pipeline integrity.

Andrew Shoemaker from Pinconning is studying Chemical Engineering at Wayne State University. He is currently doing a co-op with DTE Energy working with their natural gas operations and wants to help increase efficiency of energy production in Michigan while maintaining our state’s natural beauty and being good environmental stewards.


Tony Howard Scholarships:

Jacob North of Ada is majoring in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Energy Science & Policy at the University of Michigan. He is interested in working to expand Michigan’s energy infrastructure and help the state better utilize locally produced natural gas.

Andrew M. Guise of Dexter currently attends the University of Michigan where he is majoring in Computer Science and Applied Statistics. He is interested in using his knowledge of coding to develop software applications that can help Michigan energy producers. 

Keagan Cottick of Pinconning is studying welding Engineering Technology at Ferris State University at is particularly interested in the pipeline industry and the safe transport of clean, efficient energy to Michigan residents. 

Nolan Nowak of Midland is also studying Welding Engineering Technology at Ferris State University. He is currently enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard and plans to use his degree to work in Michigan’s natural gas supply business where he can directly support energy production in the state.


Bill Roth Scholarships:

Robert Hansen, originally from Gaylord, is studying Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at Central Michigan University) He is actively pursuing internships in the industry and has connected with Breitburn through Steve Niehaus. His interested in Environmental Health and Safety in our industry stems in part from his parents, both of whom work in the industry.

Mary Clare Griffith, from Battle Creek, attends Western Michigan University where she is studying Geology and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is working to become a hydrologist and is interested in helping improve water use in hydraulic fracturing to make the process more efficient, safer, and more affordable.

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