Skip to main content

Diversity and international initiatives

We work to ensure that access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is made widely available, particularly to women and minorities in the United States.

We continue to support the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, United Negro College Fund, American Indian College Fund, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering. The Corporation also funded programs at universities and national associations to increase the enrollment of women and minority students in geoscience degree programs.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Impact Award

In 2011, ExxonMobil partnered with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) to establish the Impact Award to honor American university programs in attracting minority students to and retaining them in engineering disciplines. The programs are also recognized for the ability to be easily replicated and shared across the country through NSBE.

The Impact Award was created to help address the issue that under-represented minorities together make up just 10 percent of Americans working in the science and engineering field. Underlining the need for retention is the fact that about 60% of African Americans who start STEM degrees change their major to another field.

The Impact Award is part of ExxonMobil’s longstanding partnership with NSBE, dating back to 1989, which has included nearly $1 million in philanthropic support to the organization.

Impact Award recipients:

  • 2011 - Purdue University; University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Tech
  • 2012 - Michigan State University; University of Houston and University of Maryland – College Park
  • 2013 - Northwestern University; The Ohio State University and University of Michigan

European Sci-Tech Challenge

The European Sci-Tech Challenge is an annual program sponsored by ExxonMobil and run in partnership with Junior Achievement Young Enterprise. The innovative program encourages 15 to 18 year old students to think in practical ways about the energy issues they will face in the future. Participating countries are Norway, Germany, Netherlands, UK, France, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Russia. By the conclusion of the third year of the program in mid-2012, it has reached nearly 10,000 students through classroom visits, on-line tools, and a national competition.  More than 200 ExxonMobil volunteers support the program along with the active engagement 180 teachers. 

Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

In 2012, ExxonMobil and Qatar University piloted a program to help educators enhance their teaching skills and motivate students to pursue careers in math and science. The Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy will consist of an intensive professional development program modeled after the successful Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, which has trained more than 3,600 educators in the United States since 2005.  

The one-week program took place in Doha this summer, training approximately 40 third- through fifth-grade teachers. Participants will enhance their understanding of math and science content, sharpen their teaching skills involving problem-solving and inquiries, and use links between math and science to support student learning.