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09/21/10

OU receives $65,000 in grants from Exxon Mobil Corporation

Exxon presentation

The University of Oklahoma has received $65,000 in departmental grants from Exxon Mobil Corporation in support of academic areas in the College of Engineering, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy, and Michael F. Price College of Business, as well as support for OU’s Career Services.

The ExxonMobil grants allow selected academic departments to allocate funds for various educational purposes, including scholarships, field trips, visiting speakers, equipment purchases, student and faculty travel to academic-related activities, and other educational projects.  The grants are awarded to schools that offer degrees in subjects from which ExxonMobil recruits employees.

“Supporting higher education has always been a strong priority for ExxonMobil,” said Truman Bell, senior program officer for education and diversity, ExxonMobil.  “This program enables us to provide funding for colleges and universities who play a pivotal role in preparing students to enter the workforce.  ExxonMobil is proud to provide support to the University of Oklahoma which will help to enhance departments whose academic focus aligns with the workforce needs of ExxonMobil.”

The amount of the grant is based on several factors, including the number of employees graduated from the specific institution.

ExxonMobil has contributed $2 million in departmental grants this year to 85 colleges and universities throughout the country to support various academic programs.  The Departmental Grants Program represents only a portion of ExxonMobil’s overall support of education.  In 2009, ExxonMobil Foundation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and its divisions and affiliates provided $98 million in contributions to educational initiatives worldwide.

(Pictured: Back row, l-r, are Larry Grillot, Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy Dean; Tim Parmenter, Financial Reporting Manager at ExxonMobil; Bob McKenny, Reservoir Studies Manager at ExxonMobil; Robert Dauffenbach, Price College of Business Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs and Director of the Center for Economic and Management Research; and Tom Landers, College of Engineering Dean. Front row, l-r, are ExxonMobil employees Tara M. Denton, U.S. Refining Audit; Sarah A. Shobe, Engineer Polymers Technical/Improve; and Clare Hoang, Air Compliance Engineer.)

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