Land & Energy Management students claim 2 of 3 scholarships

Morgan Rich and Ryan Ulam

Only a few months after earning accreditation from the American Association of Professional Landmen, two Marietta College students were recently selected as recipients of the 2016 Michael Late Benedum Chapter (MLBC) Student Scholarship Awards.

Morgan Rich ’19 (Sarahsville, Ohio) and Ryan Ulam ’17 (Canonsburg, Pa.) received the first- and third-place awards during the spring dinner meeting at Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa in Morgantown, W.Va., on June 2. The first-place award is for $5,000 and the third-place scholarship is for $2,000.

“Marietta College’s Land & Energy Management program is extremely honored to have Morgan Rich and Ryan Ulam selected as recipients of the 2016 Michael Late Benedum Chapter Student Scholarship Awards,” said Dr. Greg Delemeester, coordinator for the major. “The awards were open to students from the region's other AAPL-accredited programs at Penn State and West Virginia University as well.  The selection of two of our students as award recipients is recognition of the overall strength of our LEMG program and its commitment to developing young land professionals.”

Rich said she looks forward to her continued involvement with MLBC.

“The Michael Late Benedum Chapter of AAPL is a incredible organization that is full of several experienced, industry professionals,” said Rich, who is taking summer classes to help guarantee her graduation in December of 2017. “I am grateful for everything that the organization has done for me and am honored to have been awarded a scholarship on the MLBC’s behalf.”

The scholarships are highly competitive as students from West Virginia University, Penn State University and Marietta College are eligible. The award criteria are based on academic achievement, involvement in the College’s student landman association, and an essay expressing the student’s interest in pursuing a career as a landman.

“The Land & Energy Management program had a momentous Spring 2016 semester,” Delemeester said. “Our program became only the 12th program in North America to gain accreditation from the American Association of Professional Landmen. We graduated our first class of seniors — eight in all — and all of whom are employed. And, to top it off, our students took two of the three Michael Late Benedum Chapter Academic Scholarships for 2016 — including the top prize.”

Additionally, more than 80 percent of Marietta College’s incoming senior class are participating in summer internships in the industry.

“These achievements are testament that when students graduate from Marietta College they are technically sound with some practical experience and the liberal arts education students receive at Marietta College help make them articulate, interesting and ready for the work environment,” said Professor Tina Thomas, an instructor in the program.

Ulam is interning at Endurance Resources, LLC in Midland, Texas, and said he’s enjoying the experience.

“I’m learning a lot about the industry that I will use in my senior year and as I pursue opportunities for employment upon graduation,” he said. “It was an honor to be recognized by the organization that is the leader of my future profession. I am very grateful for the award because it will most definitely help me achieve my future goals as I strive to graduate and start my career as a landman.”

Created in 2014, the Land & Energy Management major’s curriculum builds on the strength of a rigorous business core, then includes disciplines such as petroleum engineering and geology, environmental science, communications and writing, and mathematics and computing to create a balanced program designed to meet the field’s diverse needs.