Building the future of the petroleum, energy, and allied industries one scholarship at a time

ADDC established The Desk and Derrick Educational Trust in 1982 for the purpose of awarding scholarship grants to students pursuing a degree in a major field of study related to the petroleum, energy, or allied industries, with the objective of obtaining full time employment in the industry. All grants are made through accredited colleges and universities offering degrees that fall within the scope of the Educational Trust’s purpose, such as geology, chemical engineering, and petroleum engineering.

The Educational Trust qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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ADDC Foundation

ADDC established the ADDC Foundation in 1987 to assist the Association, its members, and others in the petroleum, energy, and allied industries in developing educational projects and programs related to those industries. ADDC Foundation provides full or partial support for workshops, symposia, seminars, educational publications and media, research, certification programs, and educational outreach projects.

Desk and Derrick members, employees in the petroleum, energy, and allied industries, and the general public use these materials and programs to further their knowledge.

The Foundation qualifies as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Bit of Fun
Energy Activity Book

Energy Activity BookADDC authors the Bit of Fun Energy Activity Book—an activity and coloring book designed to promote education about the oil and gas industry. It is a great educational tool to teach the younger generation how oil and gas affects their lives.

PetroMolly™ and PetroMack™ were created to explain how hydrocarbons and their byproducts are used to make modern products we use every day. They also perform chemical experiments that further reveal how important petroleum is to our lives.

The book is available in U.S. Imperial and Spanish versions. A teaching guide has been developed for use with classroom instruction.

Other Education Materials

ADDC sponsors educational textbooks from the University of Texas at Austin Petroleum Extension Service (PETEX) including Fundamentals of Petroleum, Land and Leasing, and Practical Petroleum Geology.

ADDC authors the D&D Standard Oil & Gas Abbreviator, published by PennWell Corporation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Abbreviator is currently in its sixth edition and over the years has standardized key terms and abbreviations used in the oil, gas, and energy industries.



The ADDC certification program provides an educational program covering the subjects within the established curriculum at either the annual ADDC convention and/or the annual regional meetings.


  • Geology
  • Land and Leasing
  • Drilling
  • Completion and Production
  • Marketing
  • Accounting

$75.00 for members and $125.00 for non-members (may vary, depending upon expenses for the class)

Feel free to contact your regional representatives or Sheryl Minear for more information or help with regional meetings class