ExxonMobil Gift Will Help Prepare Students For Rewarding Science-related Careers

The University of Houston (UH) announced Monday a grant of $86,000 from Exxon Mobil Corporation.  The donation is being split between the Cullen College of Engineering, C.T. Bauer College of Business and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics for education initiatives, including scholarships, field trips and visiting speakers.

“The University of Houston is grateful for ExxonMobil's support,” said UH President Renu Khator. “Our UH Energy Initiative is committed to facilitating relationships with industry partners to increase our capacity to provide the workforce, technologies and business innovations needed by Houston and the energy industry.

“Equally important, our students will benefit significantly from this gift, which we will use to enhance the quality of their education and prepare them for rewarding careers in the global economy,” Khator said.

The donation is part of ExxonMobil's Departmental Grants Program designed to benefit science, technology, engineering and business programs at universities across the country. ExxonMobil awards departmental grants to universities that offer degrees in disciplines important to its recruiting efforts. In 2011, ExxonMobil's Departmental Grant Program will benefit 80 universities with grants totaling $2 million.

ExxonMobil is committed to supporting initiatives that improve math and science education.  In 2010, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $110 million in contributions dedicated to education.

About the University of Houston

The University of Houston is a Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges for undergraduate education. UH serves the globally competitive Houston and Gulf Coast Region by providing world-class faculty, experiential learning and strategic industry partnerships. Located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, UH serves more than 38,500 students in the most ethnically and culturally diverse region in the country.