Each year, the Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa provides scholarship grants to area colleges and universities for the purpose of promoting the high standards of the industry and to assist worthy students in furthering their education.

The Scholarship Fund is made possible through the membership fees and efforts of club members and the contributions of operating companies and suppliers associated with the Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa.

The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and make awards based on merit and the student's finances, to those students whose academic and extra-curricular activities show promise, a desire to succeed, a commitment to make a positive contribution to others, and whose application substantiates minimum requirements.

Our first scholarship was awarded in 1956, in the sum of $350.00. We now award more than $150,000.00 annually to recipients that meet the scholarship criteria.

Important Qualifying Details

Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited School, College, or University.

Current Freshmen are now eligible to apply IF they will have successfully completed their Freshman year as of May 31st, 2024, and their sponsor has met all of the attendance requirements from the 2022-2023 Pipe Liners year and will meet all of the attendance requirements for the 2023-2024 Pipe Liners year by May 31st, 2024, as with all applicants. Concurrent high school-college enrollment and hours accumulated from that endeavor are not included in this scholarship qualification process toward completion of the Freshman year. First year Freshman transcripts are to be submitted at the completion of the Spring semester and contain the Fall and Spring semester grades. All first year Freshman transcript submittals are required by May 31st, 2024, with NO Exceptions. The scholarship recipient shall attend an accredited college or university. No restriction shall be placed on the recipient's degree program.

A maximum of 4 scholarships can be awarded to an individual, whether applied for undergraduate or graduate studies.

Candidates must have completed an average of twelve (12) or more credit hours for undergraduate studies and nine (9) or more credit hours for graduate studies per semester over the previous 2 semesters (winter/summers excluded) with a C (2.0) or better grade point average to qualify for a full scholarship. Part-time students will be considered, and partial scholarships may be awarded on a prorated basis.

Candidates must be a child (steps and legal guardians included) or grandchild of a current member of the Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa. Nieces or nephews will be considered, and awarded on a weighted scale similar to part time students.

Candidates must complete the online application form and provide an official transcript to the committee.

Scholarship award eligibility shall be limited to relatives of the Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa's members in good standing. (A member in good standing for scholarship purposes shall have paid dues for the current (2023-2024) and previous (2022-2023) fiscal year. In addition, the sponsoring member must have attended a minimum of six (6) meetings / events, with at least three (3) approved activities being a monthly meeting, evidenced by attendance records during the current (2023-2024) and previous (2022-2023) fiscal year of the review of his/her relative's application). Currently approved meetings/events consist of the monthly meetings in September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May, Fall and Spring Golf Tournaments, Fall and Spring Sporting Clay Tournaments, Fishing Tournament, Christmas Gala, and Family Hockey and Baseball Nights.

The deadline for application as well as submitting all required supporting documents is March 31, 2024, except the transcripts of first year Freshmen, which are due by May 31st, 2024.

Distribution of awards will be made at a special meeting scheduled in July annually.

Further clarification of eligibility can be found in our club by-laws, found on our website in "About/Articles of Organization/Article X"

Jeff Wenzell Memorial Scholarship

This is an additional special scholarship that is given to the top scoring scholarship recipient annually.

Jeff Wenzell was a 40+ year industry veteran, working for a few different companies before settling in with the Explorer Pipeline family, where he spent the next 23 years. Jeff retired from Explorer in 2010 as Director of Engineering, and passed away shortly after. In 2011, Jeff was posthumously named Pipe Liner of the Year by the Pipe Liners Club of Tulsa. Explorer Pipeline honored Jeff by donating $25,000.00 to the Club in order to fund the Jeff Wenzell Memorial Scholarship. The top scoring eligible applicant for the year is awarded an additional $2,500.00 in scholarship monies.

The club would like to thank Explorer Pipeline, Rod Sands, and Mrs. JoAnn Wenzell for allowing us to carry on Jeff's legacy through this special scholarship fund.

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