Helping Our Petroleum Engineering Students with their Future Careers

 


MISSION STATEMENT

SPE-GCS Scholarship Endowment Fund donations provide financial assistance to petroleum engineering students to aid in the development of their future careers in the oil and gas industry. By making a tax-deductible donation to the Scholarship Endowment Fund you are directly impacting the future engineers in the Gulf Coast Section.

A Message from the SPE Gulf Coast Section Chair - Sunil Lakshminarayanan

The Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section’s (SPE-GCS) mission is advanced every day through the dedication, effort, and creativity of our volunteers and members. It is further sustained by crucial financial support from organizations and individuals who endorse SPE’s mission and objectives. SPE-GCS has been supporting education for more than 50 years in the form of scholarships for promising local students. With rising tuition costs, SPE-GCS has been diligent in increasing our scholarship funding over the past 15 years, but we have had to cut back both the number and amount of our scholarships during the recent downturn.

The key objective of our scholarship program is to increase interest in the oil and gas industry among graduating high school seniors and help retain college students currently enrolled in petroleum-related academic disciplines. Additionally, the SPE-GCS collaborates with Communities in School Houston (CISH) to help at-risk students in the Greater Houston area attend college. Former recipients of our SPE scholarships have gone on to have successful careers in oil and gas and other industries, and some now hold key executive positions in internationally reputed firms.

In early 2016, the SPE-GCS Board of Directors launched our Scholarship Endowment Fund (SEF) to ensure that we will always be able to fund an adequate number of scholarships, even during industry downturns. To date, we have made reasonable progress in growing this fund through donations from individuals and organizations affiliated with our society. I kindly invite you to consider making a donation in support of our fundraising efforts and continue the sustenance and growth of our scholarship program.

History of the SPE-GCS Scholarship Program

The Society of Petroleum Engineers – Gulf Coast Section has been providing college scholarships for students interested in math, science, and engineering degrees since 1963. Our program has sponsored over 800 students in the 56 years that we have been awarding scholarships and we have given out over $5 million in scholarships. In addition, SPE-GCS donated to several other endowment funds, such as Lone Star College and Houston Community College foundations, to support their scholarship programs.

Current Status of the SPE-GCS Scholarship Program

The SPE-GCS currently has a total of 42 scholarship recipients in the program for 2018-19 academic year, and our goal is to award 12 new scholarships every year. The current scholarship amount is $2000 per semester for each recipient, renewable for up to 4 years based on academic achievements, extracurricular and leadership activities, as well as interest in pursuing a career in the oil and gas industry. Graduating high school seniors who are permanently residing in one the 29 counties in the Gulf Coast Section and are planning to study science or engineering as a freshman in college are eligible to receive an SPE-GCS scholarship. After the first year, students must meet certain requirements to remain eligible for subsequent scholarship renewals.

The SPE-GCS is organized as a supporting organization to SPE by its corporate charter, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. We are pleased to provide recognition and benefits to donors and hope you will consider making a contribution to the SPE-GCS Scholarship Endowment Fund. For further information, please contact Dr. Mohammad Tabatabaei, SPE-GCS Education Committee Chair (mtabatabaei@newfield.com)


DONATE NOW

If you would like to make a donation to the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund, please use our online donation form to quickly show your support!

Need to mail in your contribution? Download the Scholarship Fund Donation Form and send to our offfice.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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For further information, please contact:

SPE Gulf Coast Section Manager
Society of Petroleum Engineers Gulf Coast Section
10777 Westheimer, Suite 1075
Houston, TX 77042
Phone number: 713.457.6813
Fax number: 713.779.4216
Email address: spe-gcs@spe.org


OUR DONORS

SPE-GCS would like to express our deepest gratitude to the following donors for supporting the SPE-GCS Scholarship Fund:

 

2018 Honor Roll

Diamond (Gifts of $50,000 or more)

  • SPE Gulf Coast Section

 

Platinum (Gifts of $10,000 to $49,999)

  • Ivor Ellur

 

Gold (Gifts of $1,000 to $9,999)

  • Alvin Barber
  • Thomas Blasingame
  • Trish Buchanan
  • Chevron
  • Chiedozie Ekweribe
  • ExxonMobil
  • Deepak Gala
  • Kevin Gibbons
  • Phil Grossweiler
  • Roger Hite
  • Alex Mccoy
  • Ravindhra Meka
  • Murphy Oil
  • Johnny & Vicki Rau
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Kermit Waldrond
  • WPX

 

Silver (Gifts of $100 to $999)

  • Bryan Beresik
  • BP
  • Jenny Cronlund
  • Bill Davis
  • Marissa Davis
  • Galen Dino
  • Dennis Dria
  • Simeon Eburi
  • Robin Fielder
  • Kirsten Gustafson
  • Halliburton
  • Byron Haynes
  • Patrick Higginson
  • Brent Houchens
  • Susan Howes
  • Tommy Huie
  • Kory Izard
  • Anders Jansson
  • Subash Kannan
  • Eric Kocian
  • Kevin Malloy
  • Bryan Marlborough
  • Liz Messner
  • Marise Mikulis
  • Steven Moore
  • Jane Moring
  • Richard Murphy
  • Gene Narahara
  • Lindsey Newsome
  • Pegasus Vertex
  • Jeanne Perdue
  • Jenifer Pinnick
  • Kris Pitta
  • Lillian Reddy
  • James Redfearn
  • Cynthia Reece
  • Eric Robken
  • Trey Shaffer
  • Jim Sheridan
  • Michael Strathman
  • Mohammad Tabatabaei
  • Chicheng Xu
  • Lisa Yu


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