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ExxonMobil Foundation and National Action Council for Minority Engineers Partner to Increase Diversity in Engineering

$520,000 Grant to Support Organization and Focused Programming

  • Goal to prepare underserved minorities for engineering careers
  • Grant brings ExxonMobil Foundation support of NACME to more than $10 million
  • Aimed at helping further strategy to encourage middle and high school students toward engineering degrees
IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ExxonMobil Foundation announced today a $520,000 grant to the National Action Council for Minority Engineers, Inc. (NACME), a premier non-profit focused on increasing the number of underrepresented students pursuing careers in engineering. Of the total grant, $270,000 is part of an annual grant for organization support and scholarships, and $250,000 will go toward NACME's Pre-Engineering Program and Academies of Engineering (AOE) strategy.

"When you consider how few minorities there are among engineering ranks in America, it's imperative that we work together to find solutions to increase the opportunities and exposure for students with diverse backgrounds."

ExxonMobil Foundation has been the largest corporate sponsor of NACME since the council's founding in 1974 and has provided the organization with more than $10 million in support.

According to research done by NACME, less than 12% of baccalaureate engineering graduates in the United States are underrepresented minorities, and only 4% of minority students leave high school with the skills necessary to pursue engineering degrees.

As the demand for highly trained engineers continues to rise, NACME's development programs help prepare growing numbers of talented, young underrepresented minority students with the skills and exposure they need to graduate from high school and pursue a college degree in engineering. NACME anticipates impacting more than 18,000 middle and high school students nationwide by 2012 through its efforts.

"The ExxonMobil Foundation is focused on improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, but we need quality partners such as NACME in order to have a greater impact," said Suzanne McCarron, president, ExxonMobil Foundation. "When you consider how few minorities there are among engineering ranks in America, it's imperative that we work together to find solutions to increase the opportunities and exposure for students with diverse backgrounds."

"The continued and generous partnership with ExxonMobil is vital to the success of our Academies of Engineering efforts and will help enhance learning and ensure college readiness for thousands of talented underrepresented minority students," said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, NACME president and CEO. "ExxonMobil's dedication to strengthening the STEM pipeline serves as a model for what other companies can do to cultivate tomorrow's domestic STEM workforce."

NACME has provided leadership and support for the national effort to increase the number of successful African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in STEM education and careers. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported over 22,000 students with more than $114 million in scholarships and other support. Currently, NACME provides scholarship support for approximately 1,250 college engineering students through a national network of 50 Partner Universities.

About ExxonMobil 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, promote women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2009, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $235 million in contributions worldwide, of which more than $98 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil's community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.

About NACME:

Since its inception over 35 years ago, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To insure American resilience in a "flat" world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability by increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men in STEM education and careers. NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education and government. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 22,000 students with more than $114 million in scholarships and other support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 50 Partner Institutions across the country. Through a partnership with the National Academy Foundation (NAF) and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) NACME has helped launch a national network of urban-centered, open enrollment, high-school level engineering academies that will provide all students with a strong science and math education so that they will be college-ready for engineering study.

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