Scholarship Recipients

In 1997, GO-WV established its Scholarship Program in an effort to become more involved in higher education in West Virginia. The Scholarship Program was specifically created to reward the outstanding scholastic achievements of high school seniors whose parents work in the oil and natural gas industry for GO-WV membership companies. GO-WV also awards deserving high school “student employees” who have completed a required number of working hours at an GO-WV member company. Since the Scholarship Program’s inception, GO-WV has awarded over total of $180,500 in scholarships to these very deserving students. Beginning in 2020, we are offered two scholarships to students attending vocational and/or technical schools.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

The Gas and Oil Association of West Virginia (GO-WV) has awarded $1,000 scholarships to seven outstanding high school seniors this spring. The recipients will be attending West Virginia schools and at least one parent works for an GO-WV member company.

Jonathan Stodola has been named to receive the Jim Gehr Scholarship given annually to the student who exhibits the greatest commitment to community service. Stodola is graduating from Herbert Hoover High School and will be attending Wheeling Jesuit University. His father, Charles Stodola, is employed by Trans Canada. His scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies May 12.

Robert Talbott has been named to receive the Brian Fox Scholarship which is funded by the Fox family to recognize his life and commitment to the oil and gas industry. Talbott is graduating from South Harrison High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, Christopher Talbott, is employed by Dominion Transmission. His scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies May 25.

Megan Morral has been named to receive the Rubin Scholarship. This scholarship, funded by Steve Rubin, Blue Creek Gas, honors Dan, Sam and Stan Rubin, for their contributions to the oil and gas industry in West Virginia. Morral is graduating from Elkins High School and will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan College. Her mother, Georgia Morral, is employed by Mountaineer Gas Company. Her scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies on May 17.

Jerrod Hildreth has been named to receive the Kenny Greenlief Scholarship, funded by Waco Oil & Gas. Hildreth is graduating from Roane County High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, Jon Hildreth, is employed by Roy G. Hildreth & Son, Inc. His scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies on May 16.

Sarah Cokeley has been named to receive the Dale Rettinger Scholarship. Cokeley is graduating from Ritchie County High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her father, Edward Cokeley, is employed by Briar Hill Energy, Inc. Her scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies May 16.

Nathan Burd has been named to receive an IOGAWV Scholarship. Burd is graduating from Parkersburg High School and will be attending West Virginia University. His father, Charlie Burd, is a member of and employed by IOGAWV. His scholarship will be presented during school ceremonies on May 22.

Molly Swartzmiller has been named to receive an IOGAWV Scholarship. Swartzmiller is graduating from Oak Glen High School and will be attending West Virginia University. Her father, Randal Swartzmiller, is employed by Ergon