Teach For America Receives $500,000 Grant from ExxonMobil

Funds to Help Recruit and Train Math and Science Teachers in Low-Income Communities

  • ExxonMobil grant will help recruit more than 1,500 math and science teachers
  • Funds to expand corps of math and science teachers in underserved schools
  • Grant is part of ExxonMobil’s investment in education, which exceeded $90 million in 2009
Jan 6, 2010 - 01:32 PM EST



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IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The ExxonMobil Foundation announced today it will contribute $500,000 to Teach For America to recruit and train math and science teachers for public schools in low-income communities in Dallas, Houston, southern Louisiana and Washington, D.C.

The ExxonMobil grant will be used to recruit more than 1,500 top college graduates from across the United States to teach middle-school math and science. The funds will also support Teach For America’s rigorous program of pre-service training, ongoing professional development and mentoring for these teachers.

“Improving the quality of math and science education in America’s classrooms is a primary focus for ExxonMobil because we believe that education is the key to progress, development and economic growth,” said Gerald McElvy, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation.

“Recruiting and training math and science teachers with strong content knowledge is a critical step to addressing underperformance in these subjects. Teach For America has a proven model that attracts our best and brightest college graduates, and ExxonMobil actively supports their mission to address the math and science achievement gap.”

In 2004, Teach For America launched an initiative to expand its corps of math and science teachers to 4,000 by 2015 in order to serve more than 240,000 students annually. Teach For America recruits on more than 350 college campuses nationwide.

“ExxonMobil’s longstanding partnership with Teach For America helps improve educational outcomes in our nation’s highest-need schools,” said Wendy Kopp, chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America. “We are grateful for this support which enables us to bring thousands of talented and committed math and science teachers to schools where they have a profound impact of inspiring the next generation of math, science, and engineering professionals.”

ExxonMobil has supported Teach For America for 16 years.

ExxonMobil is a long-standing supporter of math and science education, which includes a $125 million commitment to launch the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in the United States. NMSI’s UTeach program has been praised as a model for increasing the supply of qualified math and science teachers through rigorous undergraduate education programs at colleges and universities across the country.

In 2009, ExxonMobil invested more than $90 million in education initiatives worldwide. Other initiatives include the ExxonMobil Reasoning Mind Teacher Qualification Program, partnerships with former astronauts Bernard Harris and Sally Ride to encourage students to study math and science, and the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, a partnership with PGA golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, which has equipped more than 2,000 teachers with innovative tools to inspire students in math and science. Education is the largest program area for ExxonMobil’s contributions.

About ExxonMobil Foundation

ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) 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, promote women as catalysts for development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.

About Teach For America

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Today, 7,300 corps members are teaching in 35 regions across the country while 17,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.


Cynthia Bergman White, 972-444-1107
Teach For America
Lorraine Anderson, 212-279-2080 x715