Shale Support, LLC, a leading provider of frac-sands and logistical solutions to the oil and gas proppant market, is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Shale Support STEM Scholarship. Andrew Nail of Picayune Memorial High School, and Ariana Rusher of Hancock High School will each receive a $2,500 scholarship from the company to pursue college degrees within the science, technology, engineering, or STEM, fields.
“As innovators in the energy industry, the Shale Support team appreciates the importance of STEM fields of study,” said Kevin Bowen, CEO and co-founder of Shale Support. “We are proud to have future leaders like Andrew and Ariana right here in our local Picayune community.”
This is the first annual Shale Support STEM Scholarship award presentation. The company awards this scholarship to high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are pursuing a degree in, or closely related to, one of the following STEM disciplines: Engineering, Biosciences/Pre Med/Health-related fields, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. The qualifying students must be pursuing a full-time STEM degree at an accredited, non-profit public or private four-year college or university. Along with the application, students were required to submit a 500-word essay.
Andrew Nail will enter the Mississippi State University Bagley College of Engineering to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering this fall. Robert May, a member of the Shale Support team and 1997 graduate of Picayune Memorial High School, presented Andrew with his scholarship check during a senior awards ceremony on May 22. Ariana Rusher will begin school at the University of Southern Mississippi this fall and will study nursing.
“Both of these exceptional students are entering fields that will truly make a difference in the world,” said Bowen. “We are proud to advocate for their higher education by assisting their efforts.”