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Energy and Sustainability Minor Announces First Class of Equinor Scholars


By Mallory Chesser
August 4, 2018 

Equinor logoEquinor, formerly Statoil, will be sponsoring a pilot scholarship and mentorship program in the 2018-2019 academic year for select students pursuing the Energy and Sustainability minor. This program, which will pair each scholarship recipient with an Equinor employee working in a field related to the student’s academic major, presents an opportunity for students to learn directly from professionals in the energy industry. 

The Energy & Sustainability minor, administered by the Honors College, welcomes UH students of all majors to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of sustainable energy. In courses spanning a variety of fields, including business, engineering, the natural sciences, architecture, economics, political science, and history, students consider issues such as energy security, environmental stewardship, the environmental impacts of energy use on air, water, and land, and the global challenges of climate change. 

Equinor ASA is a Norwegian multinational petroleum and wind energy company headquartered in Stavanger, Norway, with operations in 36 countries. 

Each scholarship recipient will receive $1,000 per semester for the 2018-2019 academic year. The inaugural recipients are from diverse majors that reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the minor coursework and also the diversity of students completing the minor: 

  • Sydnee Landry (Environmental Science with minors in Business Foundations and Energy and Sustainability)
  • Joanne Ma (Architecture with an Energy and Sustainability minor)
  • Nirmal Patel (Finance with minors in Economics and Energy and Sustainability)
  • Christopher Pham (Civil Engineering with minors in Business Foundations and Energy and Sustainability)
  • Esmeralda Umanzor (Chemical Engineering with an Energy and Sustainability minor)
  • Kasey Yount (Finance with minors in Mathematics and Energy and Sustainability) 

Rita Sirrieh, academic advisor for the Energy and Sustainability minor, is excited that the program will be able to offer this opportunity to highly qualified students: “The Equinor mentorship program will be an excellent way for students to gain information and skills beyond those they learn in the classroom. We hope this mentoring relationship will be fruitful for all parties.” 

"This is the first of what I expect will be more scholarship opportunities for students in the Energy and Sustainability minor,” said Terry Hallmark, director of the minor. “There's a real shortage of new talent throughout the energy industry, and I want to thank Equinor for stepping up and partnering with the University of Houston to help fill that need. There's nothing like hands-on experience.” 

The Equinor scholarship program developed in partnership with the UH Energy program. UH Energy is an umbrella for efforts across the University of Houston system to position the University as a strategic partner to the energy industry by producing a trained workforce, strategic and technical leadership, and research and development for needed innovations and new technologies.