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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 5:53 pm

The Permian Basin Association of Pipeliners awarded three higher education institutions with checks for $10,000 each for scholarships at each school.

The presentation to officials from Odessa College, University of Texas Permian Basin and Midland College, also which included scholarships to individuals pursuing oil and gas or STEM-related fields. It was held at the Petroleum Club in Midland. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

“We are celebrating the end of our first year as an association,” Permian Basin Association of Pipeliners President Jason Wolf said in a news release. “One of the goals of PBAP is to support students who are pursuing educational credentials in programs related to the energy industry. Last November, we held a team roping fundraiser event in Andrews and we were able to raise enough through sponsorships, a silent auction and entry fees to award four individual $5,000 scholarships to children of our members and donate $10,000 each to Midland College, UTPB and Odessa College.”

Individual recipients were Dylan Carmack, who is in basic training for the Army National Guard and will attend Northern Colorado University to study business management; Kenzie Summers, who will attend Midland College to study mechanical engineering; Kathryn Wolf, who is studying chemistry at Texas A&M University; and Morgan Larabee, who will be studying healthcare at MC.

They each received $5,000, Jason Wolf said. His daughter is Kathryn Wolf.

Jennifer Myers, dean of OC’s School of Business and Industry, said the scholarship funds are fantastic.

“It’s great for our students. It helps students who otherwise probably wouldn’t be able to pursue a degree because some are definitely inhibited by the cost of college. I can’t say enough about how this will benefit our students, It’s a blessing for us,” Myers said.

George Nnanna, dean of the College of Engineering at UTPB, said it’s a great opportunity for students.

“They can apply it toward their tuition, or to use it to buy books so if we are awarding $1,000 each that would be 10 students so they can focus more on their education instead of spending time working and going to school at the same time,” Nnanna said.

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