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Minot State announces two Bakken U scholarship awardees

Two Minot State University students, John Newcomb and Jennifer Hutchins, will receive Bakken U scholarships for spring semester.

The Bakken U scholarships were made available to recently displaced oil workers, current oil workers, or spouses of oil workers who wish to expand their knowledge and job marketability in North Dakota. The recipients were selected based on a review from a scholarship committee.

Newcomb is employed as a line technician by Minot Aero Center. He is currently a sophomore at MSU and eventually wants to become a petroleum engineer.

“I am very grateful to receive this scholarship as it will help me in my quest to become a petroleum engineer,” Newcomb said. “This scholarship will help pay for my university education and minimize my debt load. I am very interested in the production and refining of oil and gas as it is important to our country’s economy.”

Hutchins, a spouse of an oilfield worker, is an administrative secretary in the university’s Student Health Center. A freshman, she is pursuing a nursing degree.

“I am very honored to be one of the first recipients of a Bakken U scholarship,” Hutchins said. “This scholarship will assist me in achieving my career goals in nursing in ways that were not possible previously. With so many deserving applicants in our area, I feel privileged to be chosen and appreciate Bakken U for this incredible opportunity!”

“Minot State is pleased to participate in the Bakken U program by offering scholarship dollars to assist these students in making their educational and career goals a reality,” MSU President Steven W. Shirley said.

Bakken U: Energizing through education, a new initiative spearheaded by Chancellor Mark Hagerott and the North Dakota University System, was created last summer to assist in meeting the needs of energy workers and their families and employers in western North Dakota. To learn more about Bakken U, visit http://bakkenu.ndus.edu/.

For questions, about the Bakken U scholarships at MSU, contact Kevin Harmon, vice president for student affairs, at kevin.harmon@minotstateu.edu.

Published: 01/14/16



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