Backyard BBQ Scholarship Fundraiser

Thursday, November 18, 2021 • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM AKST


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Event Details

Backyard BBQ Scholarship Fundraiser with Music by Blackwater Railroad Trio

When:  Nov 18, 2021 from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM (AKT)

Associated with  Alaska Section

The Alaska Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is kicking off the 38th year of their Scholarship Program. These scholarships are awarded to Alaskan students pursuing professional technical degrees that lead to careers in the Alaska oil and gas industry. The Scholarship Program is funded by a long list of Alaskan companies and individuals that understand the value of developing Alaskan talent for this industry. The fundraising effort culminates in a social BBQ event, which will be held this year on Thursday, November 18th at the Viking Hall in Anchorage.

We sincerely hope that you will be possible to donate items for SPE Alaska. In the last 18 years, the SPE Scholarship Program has awarded over $600,000 in scholarships to 400 high-performing high school and college students from Ketchikan to Nome pursuing degrees in engineering and earth sciences. Over the last 30+ years, our program has grown in statewide student awareness, quality of applicants and fundraising success from awarding under $10,000 in total scholarships to $65,000 in 2015. This year, SPE partnered with another professional technical organization to increase our reach and impact, awarding a total of $35,000. It is your generous support that makes this program possible.

SPE is an international technical professional organization with the primary mission of technical education and information dissemination, community education and outreach on oil and gas related issues. The organization is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit (IRS tax ID: 75-2001539) that relies on member volunteer efforts to accomplish our mission, and fundraising efforts to support our numerous activities. Membership of the Alaska Section of SPE consists of over 500 petroleum professionals representing nearly 70 companies across Alaska. Our primary source of funds for the Scholarship Program is this annual BBQ event, with the remainder raised through SPE-sponsored industry conferences, an annual golf tournament, and technical short courses.

There are several ways to support the Scholarship Program BBQ event: cash donations are in greatest need as they directly fund the scholarships, while merchandise provides prizes for the silent auction and raffle. Our supporters are recognized as sponsors on our mailings, SPE website, in an ad placed in Petroleum News, and during the BBQ event. We believe that this is an excellent opportunity to assist in the education of our future leaders, while also gaining company recognition within the community. We hope that you will consider supporting us this year.

We would also be honored to have sponsor representatives at the Scholarship BBQ Dinner event, which will be held at the Viking Hall, 8141 Briarwood St, on Thursday, November 18, 2019. Social hour begins at 6:00 pm, BBQ at 6:30pm. Tickets to the event are $40. Live entertainment is also provided by Blackwater Railroad.

Silent Auction Items

Alyeska Resort two night stay and 2 day passes to the new Nordic spa

Great Harvest Anchorage Basket

Kenai Fjords Wildlife Cruise

Yeti Cooler, Yeti Water Cooler, and Yeti Coffee Cup

Bass Pro ¾ Horsepower Meat Grinder

Gift Certificate for a stay at Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa

Alaska Framed Print

Book "Pictures of Alaskas North Slope"

Gift Package from AIH