Fund Background: The fund was established in 1985 in memory of Donald B. Sass by his wife, Cleone, and the Landman’s Association of North Dakota. A native of Montana, Don graduated from Billings High School. In 1940, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. During his five year stint in the Corps, Don was active in the Pacific Theatre and attained the rank of Captain. After the war, he enrolled in the University of Montana. Upon his graduation from law school in 1950, he began a law practice in Sidney, Montana. Shortly afterAmerada Petroleum Corporation discovered oil in North Dakota, Don joined Amerada, first as a contract landman and then as a company junior landman. During his 20 year tenure with Amerada, Don was promoted to landman, ND District Landman (1962), and finally Regional Land Services Manager in 1969. In 1971, he resigned his position with Amerada and became an independent based in Williston. During the next 10 years, his business evolved into Mineral Land Services. Mr. Sass was a noted Williston community leader and was posthumously named 1984 Landman of the Year by the Landman’sAssociation of North Dakota.
Eligibility Requirements: The recipient must have graduated from a North Dakota high school. The scholarship will assist upper class or post-graduate men and women in a college/university level field of study relating to the oil and gas industry. Fields of study may include, but are not limited to: petroleum land management, petroleum engineering, geology, geological engineering, chemical engineering, economics/finance, vocational training relating to the oil industry, and law. Applications are accepted of postmarked January 1-April 1 of each calendar year.
Applications received outside of this window will NOT be accepted.
Return this form to: Landmans’ Association of North Dakota PO Box 2703 Bismarck, ND 58502.
2021 | Jadyn Guidinger, University of North Dakota, Chemical Engineering
2020 | Hunter Hendrickson, University of North Dakota, Petroleum Engineering
2018 | Emily Ramage, University of North Dakota, School of Law
2017 | Emily Ramage, University of North Dakota, School of Law
2016 | Emily Ramage, University of North Dakota, School of Law
2015 | Charles Villanueva, Williston State, Petroleum Technology
2015 | Drew Groves, University of North Dakota, Petroleum Engineering
2014 | Drew Groves, University of North Dakota, Petroleum Engineering
2013 | Jordan Selinger, University of North Dakota, School of Law
2012 | Clay Feldner, North Dakota State University, Mechanical Engineering
2011 | Joe Lokken, Bismarck State College, Energy Management
2009 | Jordan Schmitz, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Mining & Engineering Management
2008 | Christopher Lupo, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Environmental Engineering
1999 | Donald Eynon, Northwest College (Powell, WY)
1994 | Heather Borchert, North Dakota State University, Engineering
1992 | Scott Egge, Montana Tech, Environmental Engineering
1991 | Scott Egge, Montana Tech, Environmental Engineering
1989 | Wayne Harris, Colorado School of Mines, Geology
1987 | Amy Kadrmas, Texas A & M, Petroleum Engineering
1986 | Amy Kadrmas, Texas A & M, Petroleum Engineering