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The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) and its Energy of North Dakota initiative have recently partnered with Missouri River Resources, Baker Consulting, and J & J Rentals to create the Fort Berthold Energy Partners scholarship program for deserving enrolled members of the MHA Nation pursuing an education and/or career in energy.
“Although 16 percent of state production is located on MHA Nation, and yet, even with this valuable resource, unemployment, poverty and reliance on social services remain high,” said Dave Williams, President and CEO of Missouri River Resources. “This scholarship will help us address some of those issues, by encouraging enrolled members of the Three Affiliated Tribes to pursue post-secondary education and training so they can take advantage of the many high-paying careers available right in their back yards and help the oil and gas industry continue to responsibly develop our vast natural resources.”
Scholarships are valued at $2,000 per year for each recipient. Applicants must be an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, had a 3.0 GPA or higher in high school, have completed high school within the last two years and are pursuing or plan to pursue an energy-related degree. Applications are due by June 1, 2017 for the 2017-2018 academic year.
“The oil and gas industry continues to make up a large part of North Dakota’s workforce, and even after the recent downturn in activity, we will still see a shortage of skilled workers,” said NDPC President Ron Ness. “We are excited to add this new scholarship opportunity to the tools and resources we have to further expand our efforts to prepare students for our industry.”
Students may apply at www.EnergyOfNorthDakota.com/FortBertholdEnergyPartners.