- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Southwestern Energy is donating $500,000 combined to fund petroleum technology scholarships at Pierpont Community and Technical College and West Virginia Northern Community College.

Bill Way, president and chief operating officer of Southwestern Energy, joined Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin at the Wheeling Rotary Club for the announcement Monday.

Way said Southwestern Energy has hired more than 100 West Virginians since late December.

In October 2014, Southwestern Energy announced it would spend more than $5 billion to acquire Chesapeake Energy’s Marcellus and Utica shale properties in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania.

The company then announced plans to invest an additional $20 billion and hire hundreds of West Virginia workers.

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