ExxonMobil Stations Partner With Schools to Give $1.8 Million

Blarney Castle Oil supports more than 25 Michigan schools

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Exxon Mobil Corp.'s Educational Alliance Program has awarded $1.8 million in grants this year to 2,400 schools to help enhance math and science education across the United States. This is the 11th consecutive year for the program, which has provided funds to schools in 41 states and the District of Columbia.

One ExxonMobil branded wholesaler, Bear Lake, Mich.-based Blarney Castle Oil Co., supported more than 25 Michigan schools via Educational Alliance. "The grant checks are meaningful to each and every recipient," said Brian C. McCarthy, vice president of [image-nocss] finance at Blarney Castle. "BCOC is proud to be associated with such an outstanding initiative to promote educational excellence in our schools."

Schools could partner with Exxon- and Mobil-branded stations, the majority of which are independently owned and operated, to apply for Educational Alliance grants. In February, retailers began working with schools in their communities to fill out the applications jointly. In turn, each school determined how the funds could best be used to advance its math and science programs. Checks were distributed to the winning schools in the fall.

For more than a decade, Educational Alliance grants have benefitted students across the country. Many schools, recognizing the important boost a grant can give to science and math projects, partner with their local service stations year after year.

ExxonMobil focuses on educational initiatives that encourage students to take an active interest in math, science and related careers; motivate students to learn and perform well in math and science; support the development of highly qualified math and science teachers and provide teachers with professional development opportunities in math and science.

ExxonMobil is the world's largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. It also engages 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. In 2009, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil, its divisions and affiliates and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $235 million in contributions worldwide, of which more than $98 million was dedicated to education.