Exxon-Mobil scholarships and grants

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Jack Williams of KUHF-88.7 reported Friday on money given by Exxon-Mobil for college scholarships and grants:

Exxon-Mobil today is celebrating a new contribution milestone, with a number of local students on the receiving end of money for scholarships and enhanced educational programs.

ExxonMobil is celebrating passing the $1 million mark given to the Tom Joyner Foundation over the past five years. Joyner is a popular radio host who has supported diversity in education and has raised millions of dollars for minority scholarships. Gerald McElvy is the president of the ExxonMobil Foundation. He says most of the employee the company hires have degrees from various universities, and putting money into those schools is an investment in the future.

The ExxonMobil Foundation is also contributing $330,000 over the next year to the University of Houston, money designed to inspire students to pursue careers in math, science and engineering. Joanna Wolf is the executive director of major gifts at UH. She says the money is critical to helping students who have stayed away from higher education in the past.

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