The National Association of Oil and Energy Service Professionals is accepting applications for the Dave Nelsen Scholarship Program.

“The oil and energy industry is continually looking for qualified technicians to work in our industry,” sayid Judy Garber, OESP executive director. “OESP’s mission is education and we’re taking the lead by supporting our future technicians through annual scholarships.”

The Dave Nelsen Scholarship fund was established in 1999. Since then, over $191,000 in awards have been presented to students interested in pursuing their careers in the energy-service industry. OESP, along with industry partners, plans to award a minimum of four $5,000 awards.

Each scholarship applicant is required to write a 500-word essay answering the following questions: “What are your goals in the oil-and-energy service field, and what appeals to you about the oil-and-energy industry?” Applicants must also complete a form that may assist them in the writing of their essay. The deadline for receipt of the application and essay is March 1, 2013. 

OESP’s panel of judges will review the submitted applications. Winners will be notified and invited to attend an awards banquet at OESP’s next annual convention and trade show May 19-23, 2013, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, Pa.

To learn more about the Dave Nelsen Scholarship and to download the paperwork, visit