The Gregory S. McClelland Memorial Endowment Scholarship has been established in Greg's memory by his family and friends. A sketch of Greg’s life is given below to permit the reader a chance to learn a little about the person memorialized by this scholarship.
Greg was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1957, into an oilfield family. At the age of six, he moved overseas with his family, and for the next seven years grew up in Europe and North Africa. Upon his family’s return to the United States, he completed his secondary schooling in Houston, Houma, and New Orleans. With a lifelong exposure to the oil industry, it came as no surprise that Greg expressed an interest in the oil drilling business. In pursuit of his chosen career, he enrolled in Petroleum Engineering at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, later transferring to the University of Southwestern Louisiana to complete his studies. He graduated from USL in May of 1979 with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering.
After graduation, Greg accepted employment in Drilling with Chevron Oil Company. For die next several years, he worked as Drilling Foreman on offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, in the North Sea. and in Saudi Arabia. He married in 1983, and with his new bride moved to Saudi Arabia, working as Drilling Engineer on loan to Saudi Aramco from Chevron. In the spring of 1986, the McClelland’s celebrated the birth of a daughter. In June of 1988, they accepted a transfer to Indonesia. Within weeks of his arrival in Indonesia, he was tragically killed in a car accident, and was laid to rest in his hometown of Lafayette.
Greg was proud to be a Ragin Cajun and was blessed with the rewards of his schooling. As an alumnus, he would have been please by a scholarship awarded in his name to help others pursue their USL educations.
- Must be a junior or senior
- Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
- Must be a US citizen