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Become a CHK Scholar

Helping develop tomorrow’s leaders today through higher education is a key element to building a brighter future for everyone – a future that we at Chesapeake are committed to achieving. Established in 2003 to provide college scholarships in rural areas where we operate, the Chesapeake Scholars Program has grown into one of the largest corporate scholarship initiatives in America. Pledging more than $1 million a year toward education, the Scholars Program currently operates at more than 30 colleges across 12 states and includes more than 400 students nationwide.

In 2009 the Peak Program was added at Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. This unique mentor program provides current scholarship recipients the opportunity to learn more about the energy industry by building a one-on-one relationship with Chesapeake employees. Through this program, scholars are matched with both an established professional and a promising young professional who will provide them with exposure to Chesapeake and the energy industry. The Peak Program is continuing to grow and more colleges are slated to be added in the upcoming years.

Who is eligible for the program?

We provide each university with a minimum set of criteria for students selecting the following career paths:

  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Information technology
  • Land administration
  • Law 
  • Business (select colleges/universities)


Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, interest in the oil and natural gas industry and involvement in extracurricular activities.

How do I apply?

Each university has its own application process, and you should contact your specific university for application instructions. For a detailed list of participating universities and colleges, please contact universityrelations@chk.com.

Note: We do not offer tuition reimbursement or scholarship opportunities for current employees. The university is responsible for awarding scholarships to students that meet the pre-determined criteria. Children of Chesapeake employees are welcome to apply, however, they are not guaranteed a scholarship.

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