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HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than 300 Hispanic students and their families from Houston are receiving a full day of hands-on instruction today to learn how to apply to, attend and pay for college. Hosted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and sponsored by ExxonMobil, the program is called “Steps for Success Saturday” and is designed to help many first-generation college attendees navigate through the application process.
The free event, held at Stephen F. Austin High School in central Houston, attracted families from eight Houston high schools in an effort to encourage more Hispanic students to pursue higher education.
“At ExxonMobil, we know that not all students have the same advantages when it comes to educational opportunities,” said Truman Bell, senior program officer, Education and Diversity, at ExxonMobil. “Our goal is to provide students with the tools and encouragement they need to attend college.”
According the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanics are the fastest-growing minority group in the United States. At the same time, only 25 percent are currently attending an institution of higher education. In a study from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, 62 percent of Hispanic students reported that they hear about college opportunities outside their home.
For ExxonMobil, attracting more people from minority communities to higher education, particularly in math and science careers, will help support the country’s competitiveness and is a primary focus of the company’s philanthropic efforts.
About Exxon Mobil 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 Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. In its 34 year history, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $250M in scholarships to more than 90,000 students in need. For more information, please go to: www.HSF.net.
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