A state education initiative was announced for the first time during the Uintah Basin Energy Summit on Wednesday. The Utah Energy and Minerals Education Initiative features an online hub for K through 12 curriculum as well as higher education scholarships, research funding and annual events. Dr. Laura Nelson, Governor Herbert’s energy advisor, made the announcement on Wednesday in Vernal saying that the initiative was the result of conversations with energy partners like those in attendance who all understand the need for mineral and energy education based on facts, not agendas. Local high school students are eligible for the scholarship aspect of the initiative which will award 4 students in Utah with a $5,000 scholarship to pursue STEM education at a Utah-based college or university. Educators, students and all interested in the curriculum are invited to visit www.utahenergyed.org.