Jarret HawkinsJarrett L. Hawkins, a second-year student in the School of Engineering's Advanced Safety and Engineering Management program, recently became the first recipient of the Leah McCraney Memorial Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Hawkins has worked in the oil and gas industry since 2008, starting out as a fire watchman on several oil and gas offshore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Before joining Shell Exploration and Production Company as an employee, Hawkins spent several years as a contracted health and safety technician within the Wells organization of Shell's Projects and Technology. Hawkins' current title is Upstream America's (UA) Deepwater Surface Regulatory Technician, a role which allows him to act as a liaison between government agencies and Shell's Exploration and Production Engineering groups.

"I enrolled in the ASEM program because a fellow colleague saw potential in me and knew I had the skills and drive to be successful within the curriculum," says Hawkins. "I believe education is vital to my growth personally and professionally, and I look forward to using the skills and knowledge obtained today to help positively change the world tomorrow."

The scholarship was established in 2013 by friends of McCraney, the first program manager for the ASEM program, in memory of her devoted service to the program and its students.

"Leah McCraney was committed to every student who came through our program, and she went out of her way to ensure their success," said ASEM Program Director Martha Bidez, Ph.D. "During his first year, Jarret Hawkins showed the kind of hard work and dedication that makes him a deserving recipient of this first scholarship."

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