by Deborah Silliman Wolfe/College of Engineering
The San Antonio Pipeliners Association recently gave $25,000 to The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering to set up a scholarship fund for students in the college.
“We are so grateful to the San Antonio Pipeliners Association for supporting our students through this scholarship program,” said JoAnn Browning, dean of the College of Engineering. “Support like the San Antonio Pipeliners Association Scholarship provides much needed help for students on their journey through their undergraduate studies, many of whom will find careers in the energy industry.”
Two $3,500 scholarships, two $4,000 scholarships and two $5,000 scholarships will be given to undergraduates who are enrolled full-time in the college, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and are actively pursing a degree in the field of engineering.
“Statistics show that a majority of the students that graduate from a college or university leave with an enormous burden of debt,” said Melynne Wulff, vice president of The San Antonio Pipeliners Association (SAPA). “Our SAPA members work very hard during the year to raise funds to be passed on to eligible students. Our hope is to lessen this burden with scholarships and by optimizing their education process. We want to provide them access to oil and gas industry resources and build relationships with area company leaders.”
The primary purpose of the San Antonio Pipeliners Association is to provide an opportunity for “peer-to-peer” networking for men and women involved in the pipeline and midstream industries. Monthly meetings include a time of networking, a buffet, and a speaker. Topics will range from technical issues important to the industry, governmental affairs affecting the industry, and academia’s efforts to prepare and influence the next generation toward a career in the oil and gas industry.
A secondary goal of the San Antonio Pipeliners Association (SAPA) is to provide scholarships to deserving second, third, fourth or fifth-year college students pursuing a bachelor or graduate degree in math, science, or engineering.