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Scholarship offered for students in energy-related fields

Posted at 12:44 PM, Jan 14, 2021

The Mack Energy/McCasland Foundation Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for its scholarship cycle to award two, four-year scholarships to high school seniors who will pursue a major in an energy related field.

The scholarship pays $2,000 per spring and fall semester to two high school seniors who declare a major in an Energy Related field including, but not limited to, Geology, Petroleum Engineering and Energy Management. Students from both private and public high schools in Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes may apply.

Applicants may attend any four-year college or university with preference given to institutions within the state of Louisiana.

Applications must be completed online at

Students must provide two letters of recommendation, a high school transcript, and an essay when completing the application. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 15.

This scholarship is made possible by the McCasland Foundation, an independent trust established by Thomas Howard McCasland in 1950 through his success with Mack Energy. The purpose of the trust is to support higher education, cultural organizations and arts institutes, social services, and community improvement.

McCasland Foundation Executive Director, Barbara Brought, said, “Thomas Howard McCasland believed that a community and society truly betters itself through education. Thus, a large focus for our Foundation is to support educational endeavors in the communities in which Mack Energy does business and its employees live.”

The Mack Energy/McCasland Foundation Scholarship Fund is partnering with the LAGCOE Education Fund at CFA. Representatives from the LAGCOE Education Fund will vet the applications and aid in the selection process for this scholarship.

For more information, please visit or contact Community Foundation of Acadiana at

The McCasland Foundation was created on December 26, 1950, by T.H. McCasland, a successful oilman and philanthropist in Duncan, Oklahoma. In almost 60 years, the Foundation’s assets have grown from $500 to over $35 million. The Foundation grants money almost exclusively in the state of Oklahoma and concentrates its efforts in the Southwest region of the state. It is beginning to grant in Louisiana. The main areas of interest are education, primarily special projects for public schools and universities including numerous scholarship funds, cultural organizations, and community-based organizations. The current trustees include all family members from the second and third generations.