Pennsylvania College of Technology students have received two of the six $5,000 national scholarships, awarded by the Oil and Energy Service Professionals and its co-sponsors.
The winners are Thomas E. Daros Jr., of North Salem, New York – now a three-time recipient – and Garth J. Reish, of Millheim.
Daros is enrolled in heating, ventilation and air conditioning design technology, and Reish is a building automation major. Both already hold associate degrees in HVAC technology, and Reish also has a certificate in plumbing.
They received their awards during OESP’s national convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Applicants were required to write 500-word essays about their background and how it prepared them for success in their chosen field, and where they see themselves in the next five to 10 years.
“As we all know, this is a field that one simply will never know everything, so I find myself learning every day and plan to learn for the rest of my life,” wrote Reish, who is well on his way with relevant work experience and military service – including a deployment to Kuwait. “My future goals are to obtain a job with Honeywell and move to the Carolinas … (and) to pursue a master’s degree and additional certificates that will help me excel in my career.”
The financial assistance comes from the organization’s Dave Nelsen Scholarship Program, established in 1999 to recognize an OESP member’s commitment to education. The scholarship is awarded to students who attend (or are planning to attend) a technical college or trade school, pursuing careers in the oil and energy industry.