Southwestern Energy Endows Scholarship Fund at WVNCC

The foundations at West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling, and Pierpont Community and Technical College, Fairmont, recently were awarded $250,000 each from Texas-based Southwestern Energy Co. to support scholarships for students specializing in the Petroleum Technology programs at both campuses.


The announcement was made by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin at a June 22 meeting of the Rotary Club of Wheeling. He was joined by Bill Way, president and chief operating officer of Southwestern Energy, who later toured West Virginia Northern’s Applied Technology Center where the program is conducted.


“Training our local workforce is vital, and so we are happy to make these gifts,” Way said. “The schools have built strong petroleum technology programs and so it makes sense to be financially supportive but more than that, to hire the graduates. We have just hired three of the graduates and six student interns from the program, who join the more than 100 West Virginians we have hired since late December.”


Northern President Vicki L. Riley expressed appreciation for the scholarship commitment and noted the funds will be set up in an endowment through the WVNCC Foundation.


West Virginia Northern Community College President Vicki L. Riley, center, accepts a donation for Petroleum Technology program scholarships from Bill Way, president and chief operating officer of Southwestern Energy Co., while Robert J. Krall, president of the WVNCC Foundation, looks on. Southwestern’s total donation for two community colleges in the state amounted to $500,000.