Providing scholarships for students interested in the fields of mining and industrial minerals in Indiana.

Indiana Mining and Mineral Education Program

We believe that education is an important part of being successful in a life-long career. The Indiana Mining and Mineral Education Program (or IMMEP) wants to help students interested in mining related careers achieve educational goals without financial road blocks. Whether your are a new high school graduate, a college student on track to a career in mining, or an industry employee looking to expand your career, IMMEP can help.

What is IMMEP?

2018 Scholarship Application

What is IMMEP?


IMMEP is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization started by the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association in 2015. As its parent organization, the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association (or IMAA) provides staff support and currently manages the day-to-day activities of IMMEP.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our scholarship recipients.

Cole Dilbeck, Gibson Southern High School

Recipient of the Bill Boatman IMMEP Scholarship

My name is Cole Dilbeck. I live in Owensville, Indiana. I enjoy working outside and working on cars and trucks. I currently work for A&B Contracting where I mow grass and service mowers. My favorite classes in school are Ag power where I can work on older tractors and other farm equipment. I also enjoy welding class. My hobbies include purchasing older vehicles on Craig's list that I can work on then turn around sell for a small profit.

Cole plans on attending Wabash Valley College in the Diesel Equipment Technology program after graduation.

Cameron Horan, Trine University

Recipient of an IMMEP Scholarship

Hello, my name Is Cameron Horan and I'm currently studying Civil Engineering at Trine University. I'm from Osgood, Indiana which is a small rural town in Southeastern Indiana with one stoplight. I'm all about the outdoors and being active and I feel that my hobbies and interests show just that. For example, I played soccer, basketball, baseball, and golf in high school and enjoy camping, boating, and hiking with my family. As for my favorite subject, I would have to say that Aerospace Engineering and Surveying were pretty neat, but as my family would agree, I would do many jobs if it were possible. Finally, for an interesting fact about myself, I have never really liked school and I actually wanted to be a farmer at a young age believe it or not, but I figured that coming into the world today with a degree in something that interested me would be the best route I should take.

Will Kersey, Indiana University

Recipient of the Ralph Rogers IMMEP Scholarship

My name is Will Kersey, and I was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana. I enjoy learning, hiking, rock climbing, and being in nature. I have always been fascinated by the fact that the rocks found under my feet in my home town were formed in an ocean long before I existed. My interest in geology began with collecting fossils from these rocks as a child, and blossomed as I explored the field further in Science Olympiad in middle school and high school. Now I attend Indiana University and am pursuing a B.S. in Geology. My favorite classes have been Petrology, X-ray Mineralogy, and Plate Tectonics. I have been lucky enough to be able to participate in several field geology courses across the United States and Canada as well, and these are experiences which further solidified my interest in learning about how the Earth came to be as it is.

Elaina Ludwig, Crown Point High School

Recipient of an IMMEP Scholarship

Outside of school, I have worked at a local fast food restaurant for a little over a year and really enjoy it. I'm also involved in my church youth group, and have gone on a service trip every summer since middle school. I also love to be outside and be active, spend time with my friends and family, and read. I'm very grateful for this scholarship and look forward to using it to help me pursue my goals at Purdue and beyond.

Elaina plans on attending Purdue University and majoring in Environmental Engineering. Her goals include working to help companies and individuals use resources in a more sustainable way.

Eddison Peters, Heritage Hills High School

Recipient of an IMMEP Scholarship

I have grown up on a small Indiana farm with a family of farmers, loggers and miners. I am an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman and I appreciate the value of the great outdoors and understand the responsibility that we have to manage our natural resources. I have worked for the past 6 summers as a farm hand and tree mixer for mine reclamation projects and I plan on continuing my education this fall at Purdue University where I will be studying Agriculture Engineering. I have been to many IMAA, NSSGA, and Holmes association events with my dad growing up and have seen the good work being done by those organizations. Thank you for honoring me with this scholarship.

Daniel Schmidt, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Recipient of an IMMEP Scholarship

Hello, my name is Daniel Schmidt and I am very grateful to have received this award. I am currently at IUPUI pursuing double majors in both Mechanical Engineering and Supply Chain Management. I currently have a part time job as a manager at the Regal Cinemas movie theater after recently graduating from Carmel High School last year. After one year in college I have found both chemistry and physics to be my favorite classes in addition to what I have learned in my business classes.

Daniel has secured an internship with US Aggregates for the summer of 2017, where he will gain first-hand experience in the aggregates industry.

Board of Directors


Robert G. Jones

Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association

Andy Williams

Rogers Group, Inc.

Kevin Sheehan

Hilltop Basic Resources

Gus Diehr

General Drilling, Inc.

Todd Pester

Vibra-Tech, Inc.

Peter Rimsans

Indiana Building & Construction Trades Council

Lin Metzger

Indiana School Counselor Association

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Est. 2015

A 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

Our Purpose

There are 5 main purposes for organizing IMMEP:

Public Education

Provide public instruction and education on topics relating to mining, minerals, aggregates, and commodities used in mining and construction industries.

Educator Information

Provide educators with accurate information regarding mining and minerals.

Industry Training

Provide safety and related training to groups and individuals engaged in mining, exploration, development, engineering, and related operations.

Public Awareness

Promote public awareness of the mining and aggregates industry.


Provide educational scholarships for students interested in the fields of mining, excavation, exploration, engineering, production, acquisition and other fields relating to the industrial minerals industry in Indiana.

2018 Application

Scholarship Information

All you need to know about IMMEP Scholarships

2018 Scholarship Application

What is the amout of an IMMEP Scholarship award?

IMMEP Scholarship awards are $2500 each, annually. The goal is to award up to four scholarships to deserving applicants once a year. Funds are disbursed to the institution where the scholarship recipient will be attending during the fall semester.

When are scholarship applications accepted?

The application forms will be available beginning in January and will be accepted through the cut-off on March 31st. Applications forms will be available on the IMMEP website.

What are the basic requirements for an IMMEP Scholarship?
  1. Must be an Indiana resident and US citizen.
  2. Must be a high school graduate, or on track to graduate and/or in pursuit of a post-secondary education.
  3. Must be majoring or pursuing a curriculum that will support a career in the aggregates industry (Examples include Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Geological Engineering, Mineral Science, Mining Engineering, Certified Welder, Diesel Mechanic, Safety Management, or others as applicable).

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Letter from the President

"What is IMMEP?" you say. It’s about our industry, our future and our giving back.

For too many years the aggregates industry in Indiana has not been concerned with their future. There was always someone that wanted a good paying job and willing to work for it. Well, that has been changing for some time now and it has become time to figure out ways to communicate to a new generation what we do and what we have to offer for careers.

Aggregates and in particular limestone is a part of so much of what we have and use in our everyday lives. You probably already know that they are in asphalt and concrete products. Our roads, bridges, houses, hospitals, schools, etc. all have them. But did you know that they are used to make steel, glass, toothpaste, carpet backing, animal feeds, roofing shingles, scrub sulfur dioxide in power plants, and even to harden the eggshells around the eggs you eat for breakfast. These are just a few of the many, many end products that certain aggregates enhance or help to form.

So what kind of jobs do we have and need? Well, we need geologists, mining engineers, safety managers, accountants, IT specialists, equipment operators, quality control specialists, diesel mechanics, welders, sales & marketing representatives, and administrative persons of all types – and these are just a few of the many diverse careers in our industry.

Historically our industry attracts workers that stay in the industry and many families have multiple persons in the workforce. That’s because they are good paying jobs with benefits and they are mostly year round, not seasonal.

So what can we do about all this? That’s where IMMEP comes in.

IMMEP was set up to gather funds to be able to award scholarships to anyone that wants to pursue a career in or related to the aggregates industry. You don’t have to be a senior in high school or someone already in college. Perhaps you have already been in the workforce for a few years and want to retrain yourself and start a new career in our industry. We want to reach out to those that have the interest and determination to succeed in their careers.

Please help us fund this great opportunity and help us extend our reach to those that might not know about what we do and have to offer.

Robert G. Jones

IMMEP Board President

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