WPI receives grant from Exxon Mobil

The Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments will benefit from the grant.

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced today that $2 million has been contributed in departmental grants to 81 colleges and universities throughout the country to support various academic programs. Through this program, the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering departments will receive a combined $9,000 from ExxonMobil.

Photo (from left to right): Chemical Engineering Department Head David DiBiasio, ExxonMobil Section Supervisor Tim Dean `96, Mechanical Engineering Department Head John Sullivan, and Career Development Center Director Jeanette Doyle gather around the Exxon Mobil Corporation donation check.

The grant allows selected academic departments to allocate the money for various educational purposes including scholarship, field trips, visiting speakers, equipment purchases, student and faculty travel to academic-related activities, and other educational projects. ExxonMobil awards the grants based on schools that offer degrees in subjects from which it recruits employees.

“Supporting higher education has always been a strong priority for ExxonMobil,” said Truman Bell, senior program officer for education and diversity, ExxonMobil. “This program enables us to provide funding to colleges and universities who play a pivotal role in preparing students to enter the workforce. ExxonMobil is proud to provide support to WPI, which will help to enhance departments whose academic focus aligns with the workforce needs of ExxonMobil.”

The amount of the grant is based on several factors, including the number of employees graduated from the specific university. 

The Departmental Grants Program represents only a portion of ExxonMobil’s overall support of education. In 2009, ExxonMobil Foundation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and its divisions and affiliates provided $98 million in contributions to educational initiatives worldwide.

September 22, 2010