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Mark Collett Scholarship Program
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Sponsorship and Scholarship programs for post secondary students pursuing a career in the coal-fired power generation industry.

The American Coal Users’ Group Student Sponsorship program provides a means for students pursuing higher education with interest in working within the industry preferable for a coal-fired generating company to attend and actively participate in the industry’s largest gathering of individuals who are passionate in carrying out the mission of the Users’ Group. This annual event begins on a Monday with all day pre-conference workshops followed by a networking reception and power plant awards banquet. The students are recognized at the banquet in addition to hearing a dynamic, motivating speaker. The next two days are filled with networking opportunities and learning through actual case studies and experiences from those who use coal.

Students travel expenses including air fare, hotel, meals are provided along with a year’s complimentary membership to the American Coal Users’ Group. This gives full access to the group’s member website including an interactive forum, industry best practices, presentations from previous meetings, and much more.

The American Coal Users’ Group named this program in honor of Mark Collett


Mark’s distinguished volunteer services included the Board of Director’s PRB Coal Users’ Group, Advisory Board Member to the University of Utah Mining Engineering Department, Alta Ski Patrol, Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute, and his church.


The Board of Directors of the American Coal Users’ Group selects students currently pursuing an education and who have worked, currently are working, or will be working as interns at a utility to which sponsorships and/or scholarships will be offered. The utility identifies potential recipients based on the criteria provided. Once selected, the applicant submits a completed form for the Board of Directors review and final selection.

The criteria used includes, but not limited to:

  • Preferable a sophomore or junior,
  • Of good academic standings,
  • Interested in a career within the coal-fired power generation industry or end user of coal, and
  • Desire to learn and to better themselves and the industry.

The scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 will be awarded to students
who have been selected for the Student Sponsorship program, are at least a
sophomore, pursuing a career in the coal-fired generation or related industry,
and selected for such scholarship by the Board of Directors.


The expectations of students awarded the Scholarship and/or Student
Sponsorship is that they provide the requested information in a timely basis, attend and actively
participate in the American Coal Users’ Group annual conference, and share what they learned with their
faculty and peers.

  • Submit a short (i.e. two paragraphs) bio of themselves by February 28th
  • Submit a photo (i.e. face) by February 28th
  • Cooperate with those planning for and making their travel arrangements
  • Attend the full day pre-conference workshop 
  • Attend the reception and power plant awards banquet
  • Attend and participate the annual conference sessions
  • Network with others
  • Provide suggestions for improvement
  • Share what you learned with your faculty and peers

  Fill out the form and hit submit to be considered for this scholarship.