In 2016, ExxonMobil provided $43.9 million worldwide to colleges, universities and other organizations that support higher education. Of this amount, more than $39.4 million benefited higher education in the United States.
Our higher education initiatives focus on supporting programs that improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We also support diversity-based education programs and professional societies such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, among others.
Our major financial support for higher education in the United States is through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Educational Matching Gift Program, which matches contributions of ExxonMobil employees and retirees to higher education on a 3-to-1 basis. In 2016, we granted more than $32.2 million in matching funds to 864 colleges and universities, the United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the American Indian College Fund.
Outside the United States, we provide funding and scholarships for certain math and science programs. For example, we have partnered with the Institute of International Education since 2006 to provide academic scholarships to motivated students in Angola, Indonesia, the Middle East, North Africa, Romania and Russia. To date, ExxonMobil scholarships with this organization have supported the educational and cultural development of more than 200 scholars in 13 countries. Scholarship recipients have pursued 36 different fields of study, and of those students who have graduated, 40 are currently employed by ExxonMobil.