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Al Golden Memorial Scholarship

The Al Golden Memorial Scholarship Fund, named after North Dakota oil pioneer and the first member of the NDPC's Hall of Fame Al Golden, was established in 2008 to support students who are pursuing post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technical skills or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The scholarships are part of the oil and gas industry’s efforts to help solve growing workforce demands in North Dakota.


Appilication for the 2017-2018 school year is now open. Please contact NDPC with any questions at ndpc@ndoil.org or 701.223.6380.

To be ELIGIBLE for the scholarship, students must:

1)  be undergraduates majoring in geology, earth science, geological engineering, petroleum engineering, energy economics and finance, process plant technology, energy management, petroleum production, mechanical maintenance, water and wastewater, energy services and renewable technician, and instrumentation and control at a North Dakota college/university, or have work/internship experience in the oil and gas industry;

2)  have a GPA of 3.0 or higher; and

3)  have completed at least 12 hours in geology, earth science, geological/petroleum engineering, chemistry, math, or safety.

4) remain a full-time student for the Fall semester of 2017 and the Spring Semester of 2018.


To apply for the scholarship, applicants must SUBMIT the following:

1)  college transcripts,

2)  a one-page essay on career plans in their chosen major, and answer the questions below.

1. Tell us about yourself.

2. Why do you deserve this scholarship?

3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

3)  a letter of reference reflecting on the student’s general character, work ethic, etc. from a college professor.

4)  completed Al Golden Scholarship form [CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FORM]


DEADLINE: Applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2017. You can submit all materials electronically to ndpc@ndoil.org.



The North Dakota Petroleum Council awarded nine $2,000 scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year:

2016 Al Golden Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Kayleigh Alme is a sophomore student at North Dakota State University, where she is pursuing a degree in geology.  The Bismarck native graduated from Century High School in 2014 as valedictorian.  She was a member of the Dean’s List during the fall semester of 2014. After graduation, Kayleigh hopes to be part of North Dakota’s energy industry.

Grace DeVault is a sophomore geology major returning to the University of North Dakota in the fall. Grace is originally from North Branch, Minnesota, where she graduated as valedictorian in the spring of 2015. Grace DeVault was named to the UND President’s Honor Roll in the spring of 2016 and is interested in pursuing a career in the oil industry after graduation.

Gabriel Ferragut is a senior at NDSU pursuing degrees in both physics and geology and minoring in mathematics.  He hopes to use these skills in attending graduate school and working in geophysics and teaching. He loves the outdoors as most students of geology do and is a passionate fisherman and general angler.

Tanner Hopfauf is a junior attending the University of North Dakota. He is majoring in Petroleum Engineering and is an active member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers on campus. Tanner grew up in Dickinson, ND surrounded by the booming industry, which lead to his decision in degree choice. This summer, Tanner will be interning with Continental Resources in Killdeer as a production engineering intern. In the future, Tanner would like to work in North Dakota and remain involved in the growing industry.

Shelby Johnson is a senior at the University of North Dakota in Geological Engineering with minors in mathematics and Spanish. She volunteers regularly within student organizations in the Grand Forks community like the UND Society of Women Engineers, the UND engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi, The UND Third Wave Organization, and the Association of UND Geologists, and also independently in the Bismarck-Mandan area. She is originally from Mandan and for the past three years, she has traveled back home during school breaks to work as an Engineering Intern at Keitu Engineers & Consultants, Inc. After she graduates she plans to volunteer for the U.S. Peace Corps. In her free time she likes to hike and camp, travel, cook, and make music with my friends. The picture she provided was taken at the end of a 5 day hiking trip to Deadman’s Plateau in southeastern Montana.

Levi Kinn is a sophomore at Bismarck State College. He is majoring in Instrumentation & Control.  This summer, he will be interning for Basin Electric Cooperative at Leland Olds Power Plant and plans to purse a career in his field that will allow him stay in North Dakota after graduation.

Matthew Picklo is originally from Nashville, Tennessee, he has lived in Grand Forks, ND, for most of his life. Always reading and studying he graduated with good grades from Central High School in 2015. The choice to become a Geological Engineering student at the University of North Dakota was an easy one. He has always been interested in how the environment affects people, owing to a childhood spent watching the river rise. Upon finishing his first year, he is excited to keep  learning about this interesting field. When not studying, he is either reading or on the Tennis Court where he officiates and plays on the UND Club Team.

Cole Solem is currently a student at Bismarck State College pursuing degrees in Petroleum Engineering Technology and Instrumentation & Control. He grew up in Beulah, ND graduating in 2014 from Beulah High School with Presidential Honors. He has always enjoyed school and take great pride in my academics. He is the second oldest in my family with one older brother, two younger brothers and a younger sister. Most of his free time is spent hunting, fishing and spending time outdoors. He will soon begin his 4th summer working at Interstate Engineering and is thankful for the learning opportunity that it has provided. His future plans are to graduate in 2018 with two Associate degrees as well as a certificate in Geographical Information Systems. He hopes to pursue a job in the oil and gas industry here in North Dakota. He was born and raised here, his family is here, and he knows there are many great opportunities for him right here in North Dakota.

Alex Wilson is a Senior attending UND.  He is majoring in Petroleum Engineering, with minors in Geology, Math and Geography.  Alex spent last year working in Lloydminster, Alberta/Saskatchewan with Husky Energy as a Co-Op in the Heavy Oil and Gas unit, and has returned this summer to the Lloydminster area to continue to grow and expand his knowledge of Cold Heavy Oil Production with Sand (CHOPS).  He hopes that upon graduation he will be able to "cross fertilize" concepts and strategies learned in Canada in North Dakota's budding oil fields.