ANNOUNCES SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT TO MARSHALL
Huntington, W.Va. -
Chesapeake Energy Corporation announced on February 4, 2008 the donation of
$150,000 in scholarships to Marshall University. The funds will support
student education in business and engineering. The five-year program, which
was announced at Marshall Day at the Capitol, highlights Chesapeake’s
commitment to creating private-public partnerships to support education.
While $75,000 will go directly to Marshall University, the remaining $75,000
will be directed to a nonprofit organization, the Appalachian Leadership and
Education Foundation (ALEF), for students studying civil engineering at
“This is a unique opportunity
for three organizations to work together for a common goal: to create a
stronger workforce with a commitment to leadership and community,” Dr.
Stephen J. Kopp, president of Marshall University, said. “Chesapeake
Energy’s confidence and investment in Marshall University is greatly
Over the next five years, the
$150,000 in scholarship support will fund at least three scholarships in the
College of Information Technology and Engineering (CITE) and the Lewis
College of Business annually.
“This partnership allows
Chesapeake Energy to invest in West Virginia’s future,” Scott Rotruck, Vice
President of Corporate Affairs, said. “More importantly, we’re helping shape
ALEF is a nonprofit
organization funded by foundations and companies. It supports and enables young men
and women from Appalachia to pursue higher education through scholarship and
leadership curriculum. The program includes an emphasis toward the
preparation required to be
the leaders of the next decade. The concept of operations for ALEF is to
partner with established academic institutions across Appalachia to provide
the technical skills necessary as the basis for credible leadership.
generous support provided by Chesapeake Energy is paramount in achieving our goals to develop the next greatest generation
of West Virginia leaders" Pamela
Scaggs, ALEF’s resource development director.
Chesapeake Energy Corporation
is the largest independent producer and third-largest overall producer of
natural gas in the United States. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the
company’s operations are focused on exploratory and developmental drilling
and corporate and property acquisitions in the Mid-Continent, Fort Worth
Barnett Shale, Fayetteville Shale, Permian Basin, Delaware Basin, South
Texas, Texas Gulf Coast, Ark-La-Tex and Appalachian Basin regions of the