A Message from a Desk and Derrick Scholarship Recipient

As married college students attending New Mexico Tech, my wife, Krista, and I were focused on maintaining the grades we would need to get good jobs in the energy industry after graduation. However, we were both also paying our own way through college, and this often means juggling multiple part-time jobs with a challenging course-load.

Enter the Desk and Derrick Scholarship. With a mission to “build the future of the petroleum, energy and allied industries through scholarships,” the scholarship helped do exactly that for us. We were both fortunate enough to be recipients of the scholarship all four years we attended college, and the money we received affected the rest of our college experience. Because we had part of our tuition taken care of, we were able to focus on our studies rather than juggling multiple part-time jobs.

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with Highest Honors, and went on to earn an MBA from Duke University where I was a Fuqua Scholar. After a successful career as the lead acquisition engineer with Houston-based LINN Energy, I came back to New Mexico to form LOGOS Resources, LLC, to focus on the San Juan Basin.

Krista graduated from New Mexico Tech with Highest Honors and founded Diamond Derrick Consulting to provide oil and gas consulting services in drilling, completion, production and reservoir.

We both recognize the snowball effect the Desk and Derrick Scholarship had on our careers, and because of that, we are working to pay back our Desk and Derrick scholarships—with interest—now that we are established in our careers. The “graying of the industry” is a constant topic in the energy space, and the only way to solve that problem is to support young people working to earn degrees that will help them become the next generation of energy leaders. That’s exactly what the Desk and Derrick Scholarship did for us, and we hope our financial contributions will help Desk and Derrick continue to support the future of the energy industry.

— Jay Paul McWilliams, President, LOGOS Resources, LLC.