EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Program

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EQT Foundation, the charitable arm of EQT Corp., has been the proud sponsor and supporter of the West Virginia Students of Excellence scholarship program for the last eight years. The popular scholarship opportunity, created by The State Journal, provides 60 $1,000 scholarships throughout West Virginia’s 55 counties, and six four-year scholarships, each up to $18,000 per year.

The EQT Students of Excellence program is a signature initiative of EQT Foundation, which gives the organization the opportunity to increase its commitment to education, while providing students with opportunity to consider studies in disciplines that can lead to employment in the natural gas industry.

Each recipient of the four-year scholarships must be in good academic standing at his or her high school at the time of award, and must pursue a college major in one of six areas — petroleum, civil or chemical engineering; computer science or information technology; geology; safety science; environmental science; or energy or land management — all areas of study necessary for a job in the natural gas industry. The student must remain in one of these majors and maintain a 3.0 overall grade point average to continue eligibility.

Charlene Petrelli, vice president and chief human resources officer for EQT Corp. and president of the EQT Foundation, knows these skills are at the core for driving the energy industry forward.

“We’d like to help increase the number of students who want to pursue these disciplines that can launch their lifelong careers,” she said. “More than that, we want our West Virginia students to stay local, develop the skills that will prepare them for the industries in their hometowns and use those talents to contribute to the growth of their communities.”

EQT is one of the largest natural gas producers in the Appalachian basin and has been a leader in the industry for more than a century. EQT has several legacy drilling and pipeline projects throughout West Virginia and has been a major player in the safe, responsible development of the Marcellus Shale in the northern regions of the state. West Virginia is primed to grow, and the natural gas industry is a strong catalyst for that growth. And to achieve those milestones, EQT, through programs like the Students of Excellence scholarships, is helping to fuel a local, well-trained workforce.

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“It is a long-held belief that the future of the country’s economic prosperity is closely linked with student success in a STEM curriculum, such as science, technology, engineering and math fields,” said Petrelli.

EQT’s support of education in West Virginia extends beyond the Students of Excellence program. Additionally, EQT Foundation supports programs such as the West Virginia Public Broadcasting and PBS Kids Writers Contest, the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences’ Power Your Future mobile exhibit, summer engineering camps at West Virginia University and opportunities for students to attend programs through the National Youth Science Foundation.

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