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UW Students Earn National Landman Scholarships

November 9, 2017

By: Sam Stein

Two students in the University of Wyoming Professional Land Management Program (PLM) ( - Sam Mallory of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Jared Adams of Lyons, Colorado - were awarded scholarships from the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). Both students will continue their studies this year with the support of the national organization that accredits programs to train professional landmen.  

The PLM program, facilitated through the School of Energy Resources (SER) at UW, is one of only 12 programs in North America that is accredited by the AAPL. Currently 19 students are enrolled in the program, and are in the process of learning how to provide sound stewardship of energy and mineral sources in the United States. The program itself intends to teach landman students how to determine land ownership and availability for mineral leasing; negotiate agreements with land owners for drilling and production rights; draft and administer contracts with the assistance of corporate counsel; and ensure compliance with government regulations and agencies.

Mallory, who enrolled in the program due to its interdisciplinary curriculum and heavy focus on business, law, negotiation, and energy will be graduating in May 2018.

“I am very grateful to be a recipient of the AAPL Scholarship and view this as a challenge to represent the AAPL in the best light that I can. Personally this means working hard through all of my endeavors, adhering to the code of ethics brought by the AAPL, and working as a leader within the community,” he says, “Academically, I view this scholarship as a challenge to help the other students here at the University of Wyoming to find success in the program and ultimately the PLM profession. I would like to be an asset to other students and to help the program as a whole thrive.”

After graduation Mallory plans on being heavily involved in the energy industry and would like to work with extractive energy and renewables in the rocky mountain region.

Adams, who is expected to graduate in May 2019, enrolled in the PLM program due to the fact that is a part of its own school at the university that’s specifically geared towards housing energy related programs, as well as the fact that the program offers a wide curriculum of high value.

“Being selected as a recipient of the AAPL scholarship is a great honor. I appreciate the commitment to education that AAPL has, and their willingness to invest in the future of America’s landmen,” he says, “I realize that a college education is very important, but that the four years comes at a high cost. This scholarship will be applied to my education related costs, and has been a great help!”

After graduation, Adams plans on utilizing the foundation that the PLM program has provided him to continually advance a career in the oil and gas industry.

The School of Energy Resources (SER) ( developed its PLM program in partnership with the Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen (WAPL) and the energy industry to provide students with a well-rounded education and knowledge that will meet the increasing demand for well-trained land professionals with specific knowledge of Western land issues, culture, heritage, and development. The course work emphasizes having direct industry experience through internships, collaboration with practicing landmen and attorneys, field trips to energy sites, and other interactions with the energy industry.  

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