You are the future of energy

100 scholarships were granted in 2018 within the KMG International Scholarships program to the most noteworthy students, as part of our tradition to support education and foster the ambitions of the future generations of specialists in Oil & Gas.

From hundreds of applications, our jury selected the most deserving and highly-motivated high school and university students from Constanta, Ploiesti and Bucharest, who are striving to develop a career in the Oil & Gas industry. Each of them received a scholarship amounting to USD 1,000, granted for the entire academic year.

The candidates with the most prominent profiles were selected through a rigorous process: 50 of the scholarships were awarded to students from the company’s apprenticeship program, based on their performance, while the remaining 50 were awarded through the grant call (25 for high school students and 25 for university students).



September 15-October 15: Registration period – submission of applications
October 15-October 25: Jury analysis
October 26: Announcement of scholarship recipients
November-December: Reception of scholarships in full value


High school level: chemistry, mechanics, electricity, automatizations.

University level: chemistry, mechanical and electrical engineering, power engineering, oil & gas specialties (petroleum and gas engineering, petroleum technology and petrochemistry, petroleum processing and petrochemistry), economics, constructions.


As we aim to select performance-driven individuals, our evaluation process is based on academic results, as well as motivation and non-academic activities, as described in the application letter (which should also include a financial justification for the scholarship).


    1. You should have the average academic score above 8 (applicable for all years of study –  high-school or university)
    2. A strong desire to build a career in the energy sector
    3. Highly motivated, fast learner and enthusiastic individuals
    4. Involvement in extra-curricular/volunteering activities is considered a plus.

    If you require more information regarding our scholarship program or have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at




Cristian Bolohan serves as Process Engineering Director at KMG International. He has over 10 years of experience within the Group. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree and obtained a master in Management of Crude Oil and Gas from University Ovidius Constanta.


Laurentiu Colțănel serves as Operations Director at Rompetrol Refining. He joined KMG International in 2005 as a Production Engineer. He graduated from the University of Oil and Gas in Ploiesti, Faculty of Petroleum and Petrochemical Technology, with a specialty in Petroleum Processing and Petrochemical Technology.


Costinela Drăgan is Sustainability Manager at KMG International. She has over 10 years of experience in sustainability and communication. She is the President of United Nations Global Compact Romania, a UN initiative encouraging businesses to adopt socially responsible and sustainable policies. She is also a honorary board member of Hospices of Hope.


Ion Onutu is a Professor at the Petroleum and Gas University of Ploiesti, Department of Petroleum Processing and Environmental Protection Engineering. He has over 30 years of teaching experience at the Petroleum and Gas University and he also served as a process engineer at the Brazi Refinery, Romania. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering.


Simona Popovici is Group Human Resources Director for KMG International. She has more than 20 years of experience in HR in various multinationals, having conducted management projects related to HR strategy, employee engagement, organizational culture, diversity, recognition and rewards and performance management. She graduated from Politehnica University of Bucharest with a diploma in Environmental Engineering and holds a MBA from the Ottawa University.


Anca Sterpu is a Lecturer at Ovidius University Constanta, Faculty of Physics, Chemistry, Electronics and Petroleum Technology. She served as former dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering, part of Ovidius University, between 2012 and 2016. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience.