Louisiana Universities to Receive $2.5 Million from ExxonMobil and Employees

More Than 15 Institutions to Benefit

Apr 20, 2009 - 02:00 PM EDT



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IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ExxonMobil today announced that 19 universities and colleges across Louisiana are recipients of $2.58 million through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2008 Educational Matching Gift Program.

Since its inception in 1962, the program has provided $398 million to higher education institutions in the United States. Through the matching program, donors may pledge up to $7,500 per year to colleges or universities with which they are affiliated, the American Indian College Foundation, the Hispanic Scholarship Foundation and the United Negro College Fund. Donations are matched on a 3-to-1 basis.

“These donations are a remarkable testament to the value ExxonMobil employees place on higher education,” said Kenneth P. Cohen, vice president for public affairs and chairman, ExxonMobil Foundation. “We’re investing in the future, campus by campus, by providing these much needed dollars for colleges and universities to increase their level of excellence.”

ExxonMobil Foundation funds math and science programs to respond to the nation’s growing need to produce more engineers and scientists and to develop more highly qualified math and science teachers. Although matching funds are unrestricted, the Foundation is encouraging college and university presidents to direct a portion of the matching funds to programs that provide math and science teachers with professional development, attract more young people to teach math and science, and support programs that encourage women and minorities to become scientists and engineers.

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.

Louisiana Colleges and Universities

Centenary College of Louisiana   Shreveport
Dillard University New Orleans
Grambling State University Grambling
Louisiana State University Foundation Baton Rouge
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
Louisiana State University In Shreveport Foundation Shreveport
Louisiana Tech University Ruston
Loyola University New Orleans
Nicholls State University Thibodaux
Northwestern State University Natchitoches
Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond
Southern University System Baton Rouge

St. Joseph's Seminary College

Saint Benedict
Tulane University New Orleans
University of Louisiana - Lafayette Lafayette
University of Louisiana at Monroe Foundation Monroe
University of New Orleans New Orleans
University of Southwestern Louisiana Lafayette
Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans


for ExxonMobil Foundation
Kim Quirk, 214-373-1601