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.