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To schedule a visit to the University of Wyoming, click here. Be sure to mention your interest in engineering. For more information on how to become an engineering student, see the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Academics page.


Tuition & Fees

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All of our students in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences are considered every year for our college scholarships. No additional applications are required. However, you must create your own login for WyoScholarships. These are merit-based, need-based, and competitive awards.

For incoming freshmen, awards are based upon the unweighted HS GPA, ACT Composite and ACT Math scores. For continuing students, the UW cumulative GPA is used. Here’s the website with more information:

We also encourage you to contact Student Financial Aid to see if there are other awards you might qualify for. The list below includes some of the CEPS scholarships specifically designated for petroleum engineering students.

Energy & Petroleum Engineering Department Scholarship

The Department of Petroleum Engineering has a scholarship fund with gifts from the department's alumni. Through these generous contributions to the department, many students in petroleum engineering receive assistance.

Rochelle Belfer Petroleum Engineering Scholarship

These chemical and petroleum engineering scholarships are provided by an endowment established by Arthur B. Belfer to honor his late wife, Rochelle Anisfeld Belfer. Mr. Belfer was the founder and managing partner of Belfer Natural Gas Company, and founder, president and chairman of the board of Belco Petroleum Corporation. He was responsible for the initial development of the vast gas reserves of the Green River Basin. Through the years he has maintained close ties to Wyoming and has generously funded an equal number of scholarships in geology.

F.E. "Tut" and Diane Ellis Engineering Scholarships and Graduate Fellowship

After F.E. "Tut" Ellis graduated from UW in 1955, with a degree in general engineering (petroleum option), he was employed by Continental Oil Company (Conoco) as a trainee engineer. "Tut" retired from Conoco in 1988, after almost 34 years of service during which he held numerous engineering and management positions. He was executive vice president of international exploration and production at the time he retired. Diane and Tut moved 22 times during his career. Even though they roamed the world, Tut and Diane still consider Wyoming home. Tut credits his success to the training he received at UW. Through the Ellis Family Foundation, they and their family want to help others get started in the greatest career of all, engineering. In January 2006, F.E. "Tut" and Diane Ellis offered an additional contribution to the college for the creation of two new scholarships. These scholarships are offered on a yearly basis for students entering the petroleum engineering program.

Eresman Family Engineering Endowment

Randy Eresman and his wife Shelly have generously pledged $1 million to create the Eresman Family Engineering Endowment. Randy, president of Encana Corporation, received his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from UW in 1984. Born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, he attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) before attending UW. The endowment is to enable students from NAIT and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) to transfer to UW and pursue their degrees in petroleum engineering. Randy says, "Shelly and I were very fortunate to have had the UW experience. We fully understand and appreciate the opportunities that became available to us because of it and how much it has affected so many aspects of our lives. It is our privilege and pleasure to reciprocate in this meaningful way."

Don J. Likwartz Endowment

Friends and family of Don J. Likwartz set up an endowment to honor the contributions of Don to the petroleum industry. Don retired in January, 2009, after 11 years of service to the Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission. Originally from Rock Springs, Wyoming, Don sadly passed away in 2010. He earned a B.S. in 1963, and M.S. in 1966, in petroleum engineering from UW, where he was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was proud of his education at UW and felt that another Wyoming resident should have the same opportunities. His widow, Judy (Cox) Likwartz (B.S. Sociology 1994, B.S. Social Work 1995) currently lives in Oregon and is a Deacon in the Episcopal Church and active in community outreach activities. The endowment will first be offered to support a Wyoming resident student, and if no Wyoming resident qualifies, the support will be offered to others outside the state entering the petroleum engineering discipline.

Timothy J. Nugent Memorial Scholarship

To honor their late son, Timothy John Nugent, George and Bonnie Nugent of Escondido, California have generously endowed a scholarship for petroleum engineering students from Wyoming with financial need. A football player in high school and college, Tim played the game with passion, and received many All-Conference and All-State honors. He was also an avid softball player and when his children were old enough to play, he became a steadfast Little League supporter. Tim was a loving father and husband, and always ready for a challenge....especially if there was fun involved. Tim went to work for Belco Petroleum in Big Piney in 1977 and became enamored of the industry. He loved Wyoming and the oil fields. He cared passionately for his co-workers, friends, and family, and touched many lives with his can-do attitude and his caring, helping hands. Tim Nugent sounds like the kind of guy who would have so easily become a part of the UW Engineering Family, and we regret that we never had the opportunity to know him. However, his name will be carried forth by the students who are deserving of the scholarship that bears his name.

Policky Memorial Scholarship

Established in December 2010 to support undergraduate petroleum engineering students from the Rocky Mountain Region. Recipients must meet criteria that exemplifies the character, work ethic, and devotion that the eldest brother Bruce, who passed away in September 2010, and his brother Brian have relentlessly given to the oil and gas industry. Both brothers, having received their petroleum engineering degrees from the University of Wyoming, hope this scholarship plays a role in opening up opportunities for the recipient to realize their dreams and find their careers fulfilling. The family believes fostering energy development rooted in Wyoming plays a key role in moving our nation closer to hydrocarbon independence.

Warren and Gary Siebold College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Scholarship

Warren and Gary Siebold, brothers and graduates of the College of Engineering at UW endowed a comprehensive scholarship benefiting different majors at the CEPS College. Their scholarship will annually be awarded to undergraduate students in Petroleum Engineering and another student in Mechanical Engineering. They would also like to help a graduate student in Atmospheric Sciences and a student with a demonstrated financial need in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciencess.

Harold E. and LaRue B. Williams Petroleum Engineering Scholarship

Motivated by his father’s career in petroleum, Richard “Dick” Williams started the Harold and LaRue Williams Petroleum Engineering Scholarship. Dick Williams has had a long association with the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences that dates back to H.T. Person, Dick’s father-in-law.

Merit Energy Co. Endowed Scholarships

The Merit Energy Company Endowed Scholarship supports students in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Petroleum Engineering program.

There are many more scholarships than shown here. This is only meant to give you an idea of what's available specifically for Petroleum Engineering students.

Other scholarship opportunities

In addition to these scholarships available through the College and UW Student Financial Aid, the department receives many other scholarship opportunities directly from industry professional organizations and chapters. Our students often compete with other regional schools who also offer a Petroleum Engineering curriculum. Here are some of the entities from which our students have won scholarships:

  • SPE Denver Petroleum Section

  • SPE Wyoming Petroleum Section

  • Texas Alliance of Energy Producers

    • Joseph King McMahon Petroleum Engineering Scholarship

  • AADE Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter

  • AADE Denver Chapter

  • Wyoming Engineering Society

  • Joint Engineering Council

Professional Societies

The Department of Energy & Petroleum Engineering supports four professional student societies, in which students are encouraged to participate. There are many other engineering student groups you may be interested in as well. The full list can be found here.

  • American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE)

  • International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC)

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

  • Pi Epsilon Tau, Petroleum Engineering Honor Society (PET)


The Petroleum Engineering curricula at the University of Wyoming are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

For specific information about Petroleum Engineering and ABET, visit this page: Petroleum Engineering ABET Information.


Need More Information?

Read this article from U.S. News & World Report on choosing the right type of engineeering program. How to Assess Different Types of Engineering Degrees The article also includes other links to some helpful information when trying to figure out which engineering specialty is right for you.



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