Linda Berryman Memorial Scholarship Recap

Thank you for your interest in the Linda Berryman Scholarship. This scholarship was founded to honor the memory of Linda Berryman, a founding member and driving force behind the inception of the OSHA Oil and Gas Safety Conference. The conference gathers all levels of professionals to improve safety in the Oil and Gas Industry through cooperative educational programming provided by Oil and Gas Industry leaders, DOL OSHA personnel and other Government and Regulatory Agency representatives. The goal of the conference is to provide tools to foster an incident free workplace.

The application window is open until August 15, 2020. Scholarship notifications will be sent on or before September 15, 2020.

Upon selection as a scholarship recipient, the following will be awarded:

  • Conference registration for one
  • Hotel accommodations (plus tax) for two nights
  • Hotel parking for two days
  • Continental breakfast (Tuesday, November 17 & Wednesday, November 18)
  • Lunch (Tuesday, November 17 & Wednesday, November 18)
  • Hotel restaurant pre-paid dining for dinner (2 days) value of $50.00 per day.

Award Process:
  • Selections will be made after reviewing all applications received on or before the August 15, 2020 deadline.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified via e-mail no later than September 15, 2020.
  • Scholarships are non-transferable. Scholarship recipients must notify conference staff if they are unable to attend.
  • Recipients are responsible for securing their own travel and any additional incidental expenses.
  • Recipients must present a credit card to the hotel to guarantee any charges not covered by the scholarship.
  • Confirmation numbers for conference registration and hotel accommodations will be supplied to scholarship awardee.

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Donations are being accepted for the 2020 Linda Berryman Memorial Scholarship. To make a donation, please add the donation optional item to your conference registration or email oshasafetyconference@uta.edu.

All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine how this may apply to your specific situation.

For more information contact: oshasafetyconference@uta.edu.


About Linda Berryman

Linda Berryman was a third-generation Texas oil field woman. As the daughter and granddaughter of roughnecks and tool-pushers, she was well aware of the dangers faced by oil workers. She started her career at the bottom, working as a roustabout and learning about the industry from the ground up. Linda was not initially interested in safety, first believing that it was about irritating policies and regulations, until one of her co-workers was killed on the job, a young man who died in his brother's arms before they could transport him to the hospital. Linda knew then that safety was about people and finding a way to send every worker home injury-free. She committed herself to safety and spent the rest of her life and career as an uncompromising safety leader.

In Linda's view, one of the biggest challenges for safety individuals is to "keep your saw very sharp" meaning that if you allow your skills and knowledge to get rusty, you cannot be effective in your efforts to make this industry as safe as possible. In 2008, Linda saw that the Oil and Gas industry was fragmented, with important information not being shared among the many stakeholders. Together with colleagues in industry, academia and government, she helped organize the first OSHA Oil and Gas Safety Conference to allow safety professionals from all of the different segments to come together to share best practices, discuss safety concerns, and begin to build a safety community for the Oil and Gas industry. We lost Linda in November 2011, but her legacy lives on. She believed every person has the ability to make a difference, and that sometimes all it takes is someone to remove a barrier in order for that to happen. In her name, we have established a scholarship fund to support those who are newly starting in the safety field or who don't have the financial ability to attend this conference and take advantage of the collective wisdom of the speakers and participants.