Hess Corporation announced that it will partner with the North Dakota State Fair Foundation to offer eight scholarships to high school seniors who are current members of either 4-H or FFA and are pursuing secondary education or training in a career related to or in support of the oil and gas industry. This program will include three $10,000 scholarships and five $2,000 scholarships for a total of $40,000 being given to North Dakota students.
Aligning with the North Dakota State Fair Foundation’s mission of enhancing and supporting the work of the North Dakota State Fair, Hess has focused these scholarships to benefit the students who participate and exhibit at the North Dakota State Fair through their 4-H and FFA groups. Both 4-H and FFA teach and reward civic engagement, responsibility, and leadership while supporting their communities and their state through agriculture and education.
Todd Berning, President of the North Dakota State Fair Foundation noted that, “Hess’s investment in the youth of North Dakota is outstanding. The North Dakota State Fair brings 4-H and FFA kids together to compete and learn about the agriculture and economy of North Dakota while also learning the skills they need as adults. By focusing on these clubs, these scholarships will be given to kids who have already shown their commitment to their education and their community. The Foundation works to enhance and support the Fair and we know this investment in our youth will do just that.”
“Hess’ mission is to be the most trusted energy partner wherever we operate and to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work,” said Brent Lohnes, General Manager for North Dakota. “These scholarships are part of Hess’s statewide commitment to education. As partners with our educator providers in the state, we are proud to invest in the youth of North Dakota and create a lasting impact in the future of the state.”
The scholarship is now open to applications and will close on March 15th, 2021. Applicants can find more information at www.ndstatefairfoundation.com/scholarships/.
In addition to the scholarships, Hess is supporting 4-H and FFA clubs throughout North Dakota. Hess has provided the North Dakota State Fair Foundation funding to allow clubs the opportunity to apply for grants through the foundation. The application deadline for these grants is February 1st, 2021.
Hess Corporation is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. Hess has maintained a presence in North Dakota since 1951 and is today one of the largest producers of oil and gas in the state. In the past several years, Hess continues the commitment to North Dakota by investing in community initiatives to strengthen education, workforce development, health and human services as well as support disaster relief. In 2020 alone, Hess has supported numerous community organizations across North Dakota, investing approximately $1 million. More information on Hess Corporation is available at http://www.hess.com.