Publication Date: 8/4/2014
Author: USO Houston

[Houston, TX. (August 4, 2014)]


Are you transitioning out of the military and curious about the opportunities within the booming oil and gas sector? Then the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association's Oil 101 Course is for you!


Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA), in partnership with USO Houston, is offering fifteen scholarships for transitioning troops to attend the upcoming Oil 101 course free of charge. The two-day course, which normally costs $600 for non-members, is being held in west Houston, September 22 - 23, 2014. The course will provide an overview of the exploration, drilling and production phases of oil and natural gas wells, as well as presentations on related subjects including economics and refining. Seminar presenters include industry experts from FMC Technologies, Wood Group Mustang, Halliburton, DistributionNow and more. Scholarship covers the registration fee of $600. More details on Oil 101 here.


Transitioning troops, apply for a scholarship to attend the next Oil 101 course by sending the following information to no later than September 1, 2014. 


1) Full name

2) Branch of military service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)

3) Component (Active, Reserves, Guard)

3) Rank (all ranks encouraged to apply)

4) Date of separation from active military service (mm/yyyy)

5) Current duty station (or most recent, if separated)

6) Email address and mobile/home number

7) A brief paragraph describing your motivation to attend the Oil 101 course.


Successful applicants will be notified of award of scholarship no later than Friday, September 5, 2014.


Members of the USO Houston Advisory Council will select the fifteen finalists for the scholarships. Applicants must be able to produce a valid military ID and/or DD214 upon request. Preference will be given to those applicants who are within six months of transitioning out of the military. Please note that lodging and travel expenses associated with the Oil 101 course are the responsibility of the attendees.



The USO is here for those who need us the most: our troops and military families, our wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers, our troops in transition, and our families of the fallen. We offer dozens of programs that create a national continuum of care to ensure the successful transition of troops back to civilian life.