ExxonMobil Sponsors Awards Recognizing Hispanic Students

  • Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards encourage academic achievement in science education
  • Regional winners to be honored in 12 cities
  • ExxonMobil has contributed over $1.4 million over nine years
May 5, 2009 - 11:00 AM EDT



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IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ExxonMobil announced today its sponsorship of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards to honor America’s Latino students who excel in engineering and mathematics.

“ExxonMobil sees it as an imperative to encourage and reward students who are excelling in the vital areas of math and science,” said Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil Corporation.

“We want to develop more engineers and scientists and our partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards supports that goal. We are proud of our involvement in the awards and congratulate all of the winners.”

ExxonMobil has contributed more than $1.4 million in the nine years it has sponsored the awards.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation will honor regional winners this spring in 12 cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose and Washington, D.C. Award recipients are graduating seniors and are chosen based on academic achievement, community service and an essay about the importance of their heritage.

One National Youth Award winner will be chosen from the regional winners in each category and will receive an additional educational grant, a laptop computer and a trip to the National Youth Award presentation in Washington, D.C.

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 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 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 Exxon Mobil Corporation
Kim Quirk, 214-532-3771