PITTSBURGH (July 31, 2019) … The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering received a $147,000 gift through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Educational Matching Gift Program. Nineteen employees from ExxonMobil and its subsidiary XTO Energy selected the University of Pittsburgh for their donations, which were then matched on a 3-1 basis by the company.
One of the aims of the ExxonMobil Foundation is to improve U.S. math and science education by supporting programs that benefit both students and teachers. The organization hopes that the funds will be used to provide professional development for math and science teachers, attract young people to teach math and science, and encourage women and minorities to become scientists and engineers.
“ExxonMobil employees, retirees and surviving spouses donated nearly $18 million to institutions of higher education in 2018, which is being matched by the ExxonMobil Foundation with educational grants totaling more than $32 million,” said Karen Matusic, regional public and government affairs for ExxonMobil and XTO. “We are pleased that the University of Pittsburgh is among the more than 800 colleges and universities that benefit from our program.”
The Educational Matching Gift Program is intended to encourage giving to higher education by ExxonMobil employees, retirees and surviving spouses.
“The Swanson School prides itself on academic excellence and strives to create a more diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce,” said James R. Martin II, US Steel Dean of Engineering. “These efforts are exemplified by our alumni and donors whose generous contributions will help us continue our mission of elevating the next generation of engineers.”
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