SPE Powder River Basin Scholarship Application

Greetings Students,

The Powder River Basin Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers is pleased to make scholarships available to qualified applicants for the 2019-2020 academic year. Awarded amounts can range from $500 to $2,000, with the number of scholarships awarded generally ranging from 10 to 20. Scholarship applicants should have a desire to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry, and meet the following requirements:

  1. Major in Engineering (preference to Petroleum Engineering); a portion of the scholarships may go to Non-Engineering students based upon recommendations by the committee.
  2. Must be enrolled as a full-time student.
  3. Entering freshmen, sophomore, junior, or senior of a four-year program, or freshmen or sophomore of a two-year program. 
  4. Must complete one of the following applications. Existing college students click here and High School seniors click here.


Interested students should prepare a short (1 to 2 page) application letter detailing their qualifications and accomplishments, and should address the following items:

  1. Academic qualifications, including GPA.
  2. Primary career interests and reasons for same.
  3. Extracurricular activities and reasons for same.
  4. Names of three responsible references familiar with applicant’s academic and work history.
  5. Any other items of interest.



Scholarship recipients will be notified via mail at a date TBD. Formal scholarship announcement will be presented at the SPE Scholarship Dinner in Gillette, Wyoming at a later date. Scholarship checks will be issued directly to the student’s college account. The scholarship winners should be aware that the awards may be subject to tax under current laws.

Applications should be mailed to:   SPE Scholarships
                                                                    Attn: Phil Jordan
                                                                    P.O. Box 3977
                                                                    Gillette, WY 82717


Questions should be directed to:   Phil Jordan
                                                                  (307) 680-1357


Scholarships are available from this SPE chapter to students attending regional colleges.  If you are in college or are a Senior in high school please check with your school around January for scholarship information from the Powder River Basin SPE chapter.  Scholarships are awarded each spring. 

Scholarship Golf Tournament

The Powder River Chapter Scholarship Golf Tournament will mark the 36th annual scholarship fundraiser in June 2020.  Through generous donations and support from the Oil and Gas community, the SPE Golf Committee has been able to award over $250,000, in the last 35 years.  These scholarships provide local youth to continue their education in an Oil and Gas based degree.

Any questions regarding the Scholarship Golf Tournament can be sent to Randee Jespersen ( or Tiffany Nelson  (

We encourage students to apply and support the future of our industry!