Linda Berryman Memorial Scholarship Recap

We were able to award 10 scholarships in 2016

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.

Recipients of the scholarship will be awarded one complementary registration and hotel accommodations at the 2016 OHSA Oil and Gas Safety Conference on November 29-30, 2016, in Houston, TX.

Applicants must complete the online application including a 1000 character or less personal statement that illustrates how they have championed safety training and why they express a genuine concern for the industry and its people.

Donations are being accepted for the 2016 Linda Berryman Memorial Scholarship. To make a donation, please add the donation optional item to your conference registration or email

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.

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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.

History of the Conference Video

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.