ExxonMobil Honors Local Hispanic Students for Outstanding Achievements in Engineering and Mathematics

  • Three Chicago high school students win awards and scholarships for science education
  • Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards encourage academic achievement in science education
  • ExxonMobil has contributed more than $1.4 million over nine years
Jun 4, 2009 - 10:30 AM EDT



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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Three local Hispanic high school seniors have been honored for their achievements in engineering and mathematics by ExxonMobil and the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation.

Award recipients Rocio Garay from Anderson High School, Arturo Lopez attending West Leyden High School, and Christian Pereda of Elgin High School were recognized as the 2009 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallion winners of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards. A regional awards ceremony was held at The University of Chicago on June 2.

Garay received a $3,000 scholarship as the Gold Medallion winner; Lopez received $2,000 as the Silver Medallion winner and Pereda received $1,000 in educational grants as the Bronze Medallion winner. The award winners are three of 18 Hispanic high school seniors from Chicago who were recognized for individual achievements and strong commitments to their community and their heritage.

“We congratulate all of the winners for their outstanding accomplishments -- academically and as role models for their peers,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

“ExxonMobil is a proud sponsor of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards and its efforts to honor and promote our next generation of math and science leaders from the Hispanic community.”

This is ExxonMobil’s ninth year as sponsor of the national award and 12 regional awards and has provided $1.4 million in support since partnering with Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards.

ExxonMobil will present the 2009 national winner in Engineering and Mathematics with an additional $15,000 educational grant.

The Hispanic Heritage Youth Award program offers educational grants to Hispanic high school seniors in 12 cities: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose and Washington, D.C. Award recipients are chosen by regional selection committees based on their academic achievement, community service, category focus and an essay about the important role their heritage played in their success.

Studies have shown that the United States will face a critical shortage of engineers, scientists and other technically trained workers in the near future. To help address the nation’s math and science crisis, ExxonMobil supports programs and organizations such as the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) that focus on improvements in these areas from pre-school through higher education.

About ExxonMobil Foundation:

ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The Foundation and the Corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels.

Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2008, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $225 million in contributions worldwide, of which more than $89 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.

About the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards:

The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards were created in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation in an effort to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Hispanic high school seniors across the nation and promote them as role models for their peers.

Throughout the United States, a total of 216 Regional Youth Award winners—three students in each of six categories in 12 cities—will be honored and receive educational grants during special ceremonies. Subsequently, one National Youth Award Winner will be chosen from the pool of regional winners in each category and will receive an additional educational grant, a laptop computer, a free trip to the National Youth Award presentation and to the national Hispanic Heritage Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. where they will be presented with their award on stage.

For more information visit www.HispanicHeritageAwards.org.


for ExxonMobil Foundation
Kim Quirk, 214-373-1601