Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) is now taking applications for its Al Golden Scholarship program for the 2018-2019 school year. The NDPC will award nine $2,000 scholarships to students pursuing degrees or training in an energy-related field.

“Workforce recruitment continues to be a huge challenge for the industry, but a tremendous opportunity for North Dakota’s young people,” said Ron Ness, president of the NDPC. “Today’s energy industry offers skilled workers and young professionals numerous opportunities for upward mobility and excellent salaries and benefits. This scholarship was created to help them get the education and training they need to become a part of this vital and important workforce.”

Al Golden Scholars are selected based on academic achievement, work or internship experience in the oil and natural gas industry or a demonstrated commitment to a qualified area of study. Students must be attending a North Dakota college or university and remain a full-time student for the Fall Semester of 2018 and Spring Semester of 2019.

Applications must be submitted or postmarked by June 1, 2018. For qualifications and application requirements for the Al Golden Scholarship, visit

About the Al Golden Memorial Scholarship Fund: The Al Golden Memorial Scholarship Fund is named after North Dakota oil pioneer and the first member of the NDPC’s Hall of Fame, Al Golden. The scholarship is funded by individual and company contributions, as well as proceeds from the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. Since 2008, the program has awarded more than $60,000 students pursuing a post-secondary education in energy-related fields.

About the North Dakota Petroleum Council
Since 1952, the Petroleum Council has been the primary voice of the oil and gas industry in North Dakota. The Petroleum Council represents more than 500 companies involved in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including oil and gas production, refining, pipeline, mineral leasing, consulting, legal work, and oil field service activities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Rocky Mountain Region. For more information, go to