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News Release -
Delaware Students Win When Education Professionals Take Advantage of Grant Program; ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program Provides $2 Million
IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2003--Education
professionals in Delaware are becoming increasingly savvy at finding
new resources to help bring innovative learning tools and ideas into
the classroom. Teachers and school officials at thousands of
kindergarten through twelfth grade schools in the United States have
found a program that helps to meet their needs, the Educational
Public and private schools in Delaware have received $17,500
through the Educational Alliance program this year. Thirty-five (35)
grants in the amount of $500 each were awarded to a school nominated
by local Exxon- or Mobil-branded service stations.
"Contributions from initiatives like the ExxonMobil Educational
Alliance Program make a significant impact on schools across the
nation," said Dr. Yvonne Freeman, Executive Director of SECME, Inc., a
nationwide educational outreach consortium that encourages young
people towards careers in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics. "Business-education partnerships provide critical
resources to educators that raises the level of excellence necessary
to inspire student achievement."
Educational Alliance grants are flexible, allowing school
officials to apply the money where the needs are greatest. The needs
of rural area schools are often different than the needs of inner city
or suburban schools.
In 2003, schools requested Educational Alliance grants for a wide
variety of programs and equipment. Grants helped support art, reading,
language and cultural programs. Equipment for computers, science
laboratories, sports, and music classes were also funded with grants.
"Educational Alliance is one of our most popular programs among
our service station owners and operators," said Mark Shores, U. S.
retail sales director for ExxonMobil. "They understand the importance
of education and being an active community member."
The $2 million Educational Alliance program provides 4,000 grants
annually and is one of many educational programs that ExxonMobil
supports around the world. Numerous grants, scholarships, employee
volunteers and matching gift programs help to improve the quality of
education from kindergarten through college.
Jeanne Miller, 703-846-4467
SOURCE: Exxon Mobil Corporation