Best earns $1,000 oil and gas education program


GRANVILLE – Garrett Best of Carrollton is one of more than 60 students awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and Foundation. OOGEEP awarded the scholarships to students pursuing degrees in the oil and gas industry.

Best plans to attend the University of Akron to study mechanical engineering. Upon graduation, he wants to apply his analytical skills to work in a power production facility or become a project engineer in the oil and gas industry. Best is a first-time recipient of an OOGEEP scholarship.

“We were very impressed with the caliber of students who applied for this year’s oil and gas scholarships. We are proud to be able to support these students as they continue their education,” said OOGEEP Scholarship Committee Chair Frank Gonzalez from GonzOil, Inc. (Canton, OH). “Since OOGEEP’s launch 20 years ago, we have seen significant changes within our industry, including the substantial increase in the number of smart, ambitious, and hard-working women and men who are committing themselves to our industry’s success.”

This year, OOGEEP awarded 21 renewal and 41 new scholarships to students attending 27 institutions covering 17 majors. In addition to their studies, these students will engage in industry internships, co-ops and research studies throughout the year. The 62 scholarship winners may use the funds to attend an accredited college, university, technical or trade school of their choice. A list of winners can be found on the OOGEEP website at

In addition to the scholarship program, OOGEEP works with more than 70 Ohio colleges, universities and career and technical schools that offer training for the 80 plus careers serving the natural gas and crude oil industry. Scholarship winners are engaged in a variety of studies including geology, engineering, welding, business management, chemistry and energy resource management.

“Ohio’s natural gas and crude oil industry is helping to fuel our nation’s renewed energy independence,” said OOGEEP Executive Director Rhonda Reda. “OOGEEP’s scholarship winners have and will continue to become significant contributors to a local industry that will soon become among the world’s largest energy producers.”