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The American Gas Association announced the inaugural recipient of a $50,000 scholarship program to advance the future natural gas industry workforce will go to the Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at West Virginia University.

"Natural gas is the foundation fuel for a clean and secure energy future and an economic revitalization for our country," said AGA President and CEO Dave McCurdy. "Through this scholarship program, AGA is making an investment in helping to develop a skilled natural gas workforce capable of maintaining the 21st Century technology that transports and utilizes this clean energy source and serving the needs of more than 177 million Americans.

"Our commitment will help ensure the continued vitality of the American workforce and solidify the legacy of this new era of energy in America."

The $50,000 gift will provide scholarships to juniors and seniors in the department.

"On behalf of the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and our Department, I would like to extend our thanks and sincere gratitude to the American Gas Association for this generous donation, which will enable us to retain high-ability students and provide training for the industry's future workforce, not only for the great state of West Virginia but the entire country as well," said Department Chairperson Samuel Ameri. "Strong partnerships such as this one with AGA enable us to consistently produce the industry's top talent and brightest minds."

The gift was made in conjunction with "A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia's University," which is a $750-million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the university. The campaign runs through December 2015.