Programs and Partnerships Recognize the Importance of Tomorrow’s Engineers
ExxonMobil has maintained its profitability, netting $44.88 billion in 2012, which has permitted it to carry on with several scholarship programs that focus on increasing diversity in the sciences.
Scholarships For Minorities
A nonprofit called SECME, formerly the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Engineering, administers the SECME/ExxonMobil Scholarships. SECME’s goals are to increase the numbers of minorities and women in engineering, and thus produce more graduates in the STEM fields (that is, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The purpose of ExxonMobil’s donation to SECME is to encourage that effort.
SECME offers programs of scientific education in middle and high schools, and the SECME/ExxonMobil Scholarships go to graduating high school seniors who have participated for at least two years in a SECME program. There are two scholarship divisions, the academic and merit awards.
Standards for the SECME/ExxonMobil Academic Scholarship are very high: you must rank in the top 10% of your class, score at least 1500 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT, and intend to take a degree in one of the STEM subjects at a four-year school. Engineering candidates receive preference.
The academic awards bring $2,000 each, and they are not renewable.
The SECME/ExxonMobil Merit Scholarship, in contrast, supports students who have shown great determination in improving their grades. It is also for STEM majors, both two- and four-year schools are acceptable, and this one-time award brings $1,000.
ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships
Information about the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships can be found on numerous websites. The scholarships originated in a program established by former astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, and, like the SECME scholarships, they go to populations currently underrepresented in the STEM fields.
There is also a similar selection process: instead of going to students participating in a special science program, the Harris awards go to students from one of the schools in a district belonging to the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS). A list of CGCS member districts can be found here.
Harris scholarships are meticulously divided, going to two African American and two Hispanic students and including two men and two women who are planning to major in STEM subjects. Not only your academic history but also your leadership and contribution to your community will be considered in evaluating your application.
ExxonMobil Corporate Scholarship
The National Society of Black Engineers was selected to administer the ExxonMobil Corporate Scholarship program, which benefits its student members. Applicants must major in one of the following types of engineering: chemical, civil, electrical, or mechanical, and be sophomores or juniors in college with a GPA of 3.5. Your application will also entitle you to compete for a summer internship at ExxonMobil.
HSF/ExxonMobil Scholarship Program
The HSF in the name of the HSF/ExxonMobil Scholarship Program stands for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which has partnered with ExxonMobil to hand out these $2,500 awards to Latino college students between their sophomore and senior years. To apply, you must be of Hispanic descent, be a U. S. citizen or permanent legal resident, have a 3.2 GPA, and major in certain fields. These six types of engineering are acceptable: chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, or petroleum.
Check the scholarship page to see whether your engineering school is one of those on the preferred list. This program also offers a chance at an internship.
Scholarships For Children of ExxonMobil Employees
There are two scholarships available for the children of those who work for ExxonMobil, and they share documentation. The Teagle Foundation Scholarship is named for a charitable foundation established by a former CEO of ExxonMobil, then called Standard Oil. It is awarded based on financial need and can provide as much as $10,000 per year for four years.
The L.R. Raymond Award, in contrast, is a one-time gift, and it is based on solely on academic merit. Other criteria include meeting the standard to qualify as a child of an employee (this is quite detailed), demonstrating leadership and participating in extracurricular activities, and pursuits that indicate a desire for self-improvement. You must seek a baccalaureate degree rather than any other credential.
Foreign Scholars Programs
Reflecting its status as a multinational corporation, ExxonMobil offers financial assistance for education to citizens of other countries. A study abroad organization called the Institute of International Education (IIE) manages the Middle East and North Africa Scholars Program for citizens (not necessarily residents) of the Arab nations and the ExxonMobil Russian Scholars Program for Russian students.
Both programs focus on helping masters candidates take degrees in the geosciences.