Mr. Clay Austin Pollard (center) receives the James L. Ellis Memorial scholarship. Presenting the award is Mr. Robert Ellis (right) and Mr. Phil Pongetti (left). Photo by Mr. Dudley Vann.

University of Texas student Mr. Clay Austin Pollard recently received the second annual James L. Ellis Memorial scholarship for the 2011-2012 school year. Clay is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in petroleum engineering and is from Tyler, Texas. He is a past recipient of the East Texas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Scholarship and has worked as an engineering Intern for EXCO Resources Inc. Clay will be employed with EXCO as a drilling engineer upon graduation.

About the scholarship

The East Texas Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers administers the scholarship. Perspective candidates must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be pursuing a career in the petroleum industry. The family of the late James L. Ellis established the James L. Ellis Memorial SPE Scholarship in 2010 in Jim’s memory. Mr. Ellis worked for over 55 years in the oil and gas business, both overseas and domestically, after graduating from Rice University in 1950. In 1961, he moved to Tyler to work for a local independent oil producer, then as a consulting petroleum engineer. In 1983, he founded Ellis Exploration, Inc. which is still operated by his two sons and daughter-in-law. Mr. Ellis was a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas and an active member of the East Texas Section of SPE, receiving the Legion of Honor Award for 50 years of continuous membership and service in 2005.