January 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

Alum Establishes Scholarship for Geological Sciences Majors

By Jennifer Bowie

Ohio University alumnus A. Allen Middleman has established a new scholarship to support Geological Sciences students. Middleman, who earned his master’s of science in geology from OHIO in 1976, has committed more than $100,000 to The Ohio University Foundation to create the Travis C. Middleman Scholarship.

“I am pleased to provide financial support for the geology majors in the Department of Geological Sciences through the creation of the Travis C. Middleman Scholarship,” said Middleman. “This gift was established in the memory of my son, Travis, who passed away at the age of 22 years, an untimely and unforeseen tragedy.”

The first scholarships in Travis Middleman’s honor will total $4,000 and will be awarded this spring for the 2013-14 academic year.

Full-time juniors or seniors enrolled in the Department of Geological Sciences for the 2013-14 academic year are eligible to receive the scholarship. Students interested in being considered must complete the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships’ 2013-14 Online Scholarship Application by March 1.

“We are deeply appreciative of Allen’s gift,” said Chair of the Department of Geological Sciences Dr. Gregory Nadon. “Allen has been a long-standing supporter of our department, and the Travis C. Middleman Scholarship will allow us to provide more of our majors with both recognition of their accomplishments and encouragement to keep up the good work.”

Middleman made his first gift to the Department of Geological Sciences in December of 1976, shortly after he graduated from OHIO, and has been a loyal annual donor for more than three decades. “My education in geology at OHIO has served me well in the 35 years since I graduated,” he said.

Middleman currently serves as a geology manager with Denbury Resources Inc., an independent oil and gas company with its headquarters in Plano, Texas.

“My career in the energy business, first as a geologist, now as a manager, has drawn upon the knowledge I gained during my time in Athens. In particular, the fieldwork associated with my thesis, and the complex problems I had to address were not unlike similar challenges I experienced in the course of my professional career,” he said.

“Good luck to all current geology majors in their studies and career pursuits. I am gratified to support the Department of Geological Sciences and geology majors through this scholarship endowment.”

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