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UW Students Receive Wyoming Landman Scholarships

June 25, 2014

Three students in the University of Wyoming’s Professional Land Management Program have received scholarships from the Wyoming Association of Professional Landmen (WAPL).

Fred Eden of Powell, Sean McDonald of Jackson and Clinton Wilkerson of Lovell will continue their education at UW with the support of WAPL.

"WAPL is dedicated to the advancement of the landman profession by and through the education process, and as such we are pleased to honor these gentlemen as our future advocates for the industry,” says Blake Bohac, who co-chairs the WAPL Scholarship Committee.

McDonald and Eden also received scholarships from the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL). Those were announced earlier this year.

UW’s Professional Land Management Program, a concentration within the energy resources and development major, is one of just nine in North America accredited by AAPL. Nineteen students are enrolled in the program, which aims to produce professional landmen capable of providing sound stewardship of energy and mineral resources.

Landmen determine land ownership and availability for mineral leasing; negotiate agreements with landowners for drilling and production rights; draft and administer contracts with the assistance of corporate counsel; coordinate workflow with geologists and engineers; and ensure compliance with government regulations. The UW School of Energy Resources developed its program, in partnership with WAPL and the energy industry, in part to meet an increasing demand for well-trained land professionals with specific knowledge of Western land issues, culture, heritage and environment.

UW’s program includes coursework in business, geology, law, engineering and math, with opportunities for practical application. It emphasizes direct industry experience through internships, collaborations with practicing professional landmen and attorneys, field trips and other interactions with the energy sector.

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