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Pre-college education

Improving educational programs worldwide to enhance math and science skills is a priority issue for ExxonMobil.

In 2016, worldwide contributions in support of pre-college education totaled more than $24.2 million, with $19 million benefiting education in the United States.

Education is a fundamental building block for individual opportunity and economic growth. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, in particular, are critical to ensuring today’s students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century. Our education initiative is focused on four key areas: training highly qualified teachers in math and science; encouraging students from all backgrounds to pursue math and science; graduating more students from high school ready for success in college and careers; and advocating for higher standards and rigorous assessments. In 2016, we invested $17 million in STEM-related programs in the United States.

In 2007, ExxonMobil joined with other companies and foundations to initiate a national public-private partnership to meet the STEM challenge in the United States: the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). NMSI’s College Readiness Program (CRP) provides training for teachers to help students master Advanced Placement courses in math, science and English. Since that original investment, we made another multi-year commitment to expand the CRP in key geographies, including Louisiana, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.

For the past 12 years, in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association, Math Solutions and professional golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife, Amy, ExxonMobil supported annual teacher academies to provide training on innovative ways to interest students in math and science. Since it began, more than 5,500 teachers have attended, impacting the lives of nearly 350,000 students.

Since 2006, we have partnered with former astronaut Bernard Harris to increase diversity in STEM professions. Through the Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, we have helped more than 12,500 middle-school students from under-represented and under-served populations attend these all-expense-paid residential camps to improve student knowledge of STEM subjects, encourage youth to stay in school and foster leadership and citizenship.

Photo — Participants at the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Science Summer Camp.

We have also supported efforts to enhance teacher preparation programs. The UTeach Institute, another key NMSI program, encourages undergraduate math and science majors to enter the teaching profession by offering an integrated degree plan, financial assistance and early teaching experience. Our long-standing partnership with Teach For America supports STEM teachers in Houston and southern Louisiana.

Outside the United States, we award select scholarships in developing nations and establish local partnerships with organizations supporting a country’s educational system.

For example, in the Middle East, ExxonMobil works with the National Center for Educator Development at Qatar University and the Supreme Education Council to offer a program to help enhance teaching skills and motivate students to pursue careers in math and science. Now in its fifth year, the Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is a week-long training program aimed at enhancing teachers’ understanding of math and science content, facilitating student learning through problem-solving and inquiry and equipping teachers with interactive learning tools to support differentiated instruction.