WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is pleased to announce the 2016-17 ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship program national recipient, Alexander Plant of Houston, Texas, and twelve local awardees from across LNESC’s program sites. Mr. Plant will receive a four-year $20,000 scholarship to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at Southern Methodist University, and be recognized at the 87th Annual LULAC National Convention in Washington, D.C. in July.
“I am extremely grateful to ExxonMobil and LNESC for investing in educational opportunities to Hispanic students such as myself. This scholarship will help me tremendously in realizing my educational goals at Southern Methodist University. Further, receiving this prestigious award reinforces my confidence that my commitment to hard work will result into a successful career in engineering,” stated Mr. Plant.
Funded by the ExxonMobil Foundation, the program provides high-achieving Latino seniors with scholarship opportunities to pursue a degree in engineering at accredited colleges or universities across the country. Selections are based on academic performance, career interests and potential, and leadership and community involvement. Local recipients will receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship for the academic school year. The 2016-2017 ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program local awardees are:
Erin Archibeck – Albuquerque, N.M.; University of Notre Dame;
Jordan Balboa – Corpus Christi, Texas; Texas A&M University; Electrical Engineering
Christopher Botello – San Antonio, Texas; Rice University; Chemical Engineering
Ariel Brito – Miami, Fla.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Chemical Engineering
Edgar Cubillo-Ponce – Kansas City, Kan.; University of Kansas; Aerospace Engineering
Roberto Garza – San Antonio, Texas; Texas A&M University; Mechanical Engineering
Tyler Grijalva – El Paso, Texas; Texas Christian University; Mechanical Engineering
Colin Ornelas – Grand Prairie, Texas; University of Texas at Austin; Mechanical Engineering
Ignacio Ortega Castineiras – Miami, Fla.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Mechanical Engineering
Kevin Santana – Spring, Texas; Texas A&M University; Civil Engineering
Nicolas Terrazas – Houston, Texas; Rice University; Mechanical Engineering
Luis Vazquez Delgado – Dallas, Texas; University of Texas at Austin; Biomedical Engineering
“As the number of Latino students enrolling in colleges and universities increases, we continue to see the number of those pursing a degree in science and engineering remain stagnant at less than 10 percent according to the National Science Board. For this reason, it is important we provide financial resources to help those pursuing degrees in the STEM fields. We are proud to announce as of this year, LNESC has awarded over $130,000 to such promising Latino students across LNESC’s program sites through our partnership with ExxonMobil,” said LNESC Executive Director, Richard Roybal.
According to the Pew Research Hispanic Center, a record-setting 69 percent of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college last year. Despite the attainment gap narrowing, however, Hispanics continue to lag behind their counterparts in obtaining a bachelor’s degree, especially in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
Since 1973, LNESC has focused on creating a menu of developmentally appropriate educational initiatives. These model programs are designed to help the organization reach its mission of providing the highest quality education programs needed to help members of the Hispanic community become life-long learners and leaders. Through these efforts, LNESC has contributed to the academic success of 500,000 promising Hispanic and disadvantaged students and has provided more than $20 million to nearly 26,000 students.
More information about LNESC and its programs can be found at www.lnesc.org.
About The ExxonMobil Foundation
The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) in the United States. The foundation and corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, promote women as catalysts for economic development and combat malaria. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. In 2015, the ExxonMobil Foundation together with Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates along with employees and retirees, provided $268 million in contributions worldwide. www.exxonmobil.com/community.