Press Release


Release date: 6/5/2014

Twelve Student Recipients Selected, Grants Reinforce DCP’s Commitment to Preserving
the Future of Domestic Energy

DENVER, June 5, 2014 — The current growth in the U.S. natural gas sector means more pipelines are needed and additional manpower will be required to maintain them. Now, more than ever, a growing number of workers are needed to maintain and expand the natural gas infrastructure across the country. For the sixth year in a row, DCP Midstream (DCP), the nation’s largest natural gas gatherer and processor, is rewarding this next generation of energy workers and consequently investing thousands of dollars to keep the country’s energy infrastructure strongly intact.

Each DCP Career and Technical Scholarship provides a $1,500 scholarship to full-time students pursuing a degree or career in the natural gas industry at an accredited two-year college or technical institution of their choice.

“According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas production in the Americas is set to grow by 56 percent in the next 25 years,” said Chris Lewis, GVP and chief corporate officer. “We are committed to securing domestic energy for the country, and this means investing not only in the infrastructure, but in the people needed to operate that infrastructure. These students will be doing important work when they get out into the field – literally keeping the country moving forward through energy production.”

Scholarship winners must be pursuing an associate degree or career-technical certification related to the natural gas industry such as, but not limited to: machine tool technology; diesel power and heavy equipment technology; plant operations; gas technology and industrial electricity. Recipients are not required to apply at DCP upon completion of their studies, nor will they receive an advantage if they apply to DCP in the future.

The 2014 recipients of the Career and Technical Scholarship Program are:

Naomi Boyington, studying process technology at Remington College in Mobile, Alabama.

Zachary Copeland, studying diesel power and heavy equipment technology at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Sheila Dismuke, studying process technology at Remington College in Mobile, Alabama.

Sterling Dixon, studying process technology at Remington College in Mobile, Alabama.

Richard Floyd, studying compression and gas technology and diesel at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Ethan George, studying compression at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Randall Jackson, studying electrical and instrumentation at Panola College in Carthage, Texas.

William McCormick, studying process technology at Remington College in Mobile, Alabama.

James Phillips III, studying compression at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

William Spanial, studying welding at Panola College in Carthage, Texas.

Taggart Swafford, studying welding at Tulsa Welding School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Steffan Werner, studying corrosion and cathodic protection at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas.

Since 2009, DCP has awarded more than 60 scholarships for a total of more than $100,000 dollars in grant money to deserving students. Scholarships are renewable for one additional year and are awarded on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, among other qualifications.

“DCP is responsible for more than 67,000 miles of pipeline across the U.S. That’s the equivalent of traveling between New York City and Los Angeles 11 times,” Lewis said. “What the nation demands of the men and women working to maintain our energy infrastructure is no small task and we are thrilled to play a supporting role in contributing to these future energy stewards.”

For more information on the DCP Midstream Career and Technical Scholarship Program, visit DCP’s community investment page.
Phone: 303-605-1707
24-Hour: 303-882-1703

DCP Midstream, LLC leads the midstream segment as the largest natural gas processor, the largest natural gas liquids producer and one of the largest marketers in the U.S. DCP Midstream operates in 17 states across major producing regions. The company is a 50:50 joint venture between Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy. It owns the general partner of DCP Midstream Partners, LP (NYSE: DPM), a master limited partnership, and provides operational and administrative support to the partnership. DCP Midstream is the largest oil and gas company and the largest private company in Denver, the city of its headquarters, and is the Top Company Winner for Energy/Natural Resources in Colorado as recognized by ColoradoBiz. For more information, visit the DCP Midstream website at