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Educational Initiatives

The Virginia Oil and Gas Association is giving back to Southwest Virginia by endowing a scholarship at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Contributions gifts from private individuals as well as local gas producers doing business in Southwest Virginia were given to endow the scholarship.

The generous gift will allow the awarding of scholarships to worthy and deserving students at UVa-Wise. Preference will be given to applicants who are employed by the oil and gas industry or dependents of those employed by the industry.

“We wanted to give back to the people of Southwest Virginia,” VOGA member Lawton Mullins said. “Endowing a scholarship for deserving UVa-Wise students whose families work hard to meet Virginia’s energy needs seemed appropriate.”

VOGA Scholarship UVA-Wise PR Photo

Donations to establish the scholarship came from Mullins, Appalachian Energy, CONSOL Energy’s CNX Gas Virginia Operations, EQT, Range Resources, and others.

Formed in 1977, the Virginia Oil and Gas Association is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of companies, partnerships, individuals, or other entities having an interest in the oil and gas industry and who are primarily engaged in the exploration, production, development, transportation, and distribution of natural gas and oil in Virginia. Its purpose is to promote the Virginia natural gas and oil industry through the education of its members and the general public.

Past Recipients 

2013 – Koen W. Elswick

2014 – Shyla Casey J. Mullins

2015 – Koen W. Elswick

2016 – Thomas H. Young

2017 – Anna G. Smith

2018 – Dillen C. Lawson

2019 – Jaycee M. Baker

2020 – Katie E. Pritchett

2021 – Lucas C. Messer

2022 – Morgan H. Blevins

2023 – Zachary M. Hammonds

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