In 2011, ExxonMobil provided $45.2 million worldwide to colleges, universities and other organizations that support higher education. Of this amount, $34.0 million benefited higher education in the United States.
Our higher education initiatives focus on supporting programs that improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We also support diversity-based education programs such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, among others.
Our major financial support for higher education in the U.S. is ExxonMobil Foundation’s Educational Matching Gift Program which encourages ExxonMobil employees and retirees in their personal giving to higher education by providing a $3-for-$1 matching program. In 2011, we granted more than $26.2million in matching funds to 920 colleges and universities, the United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the American Indian College Fund.
In Canada, we funded programs at several universities, including Dalhousie University, Queens University, University of Calgary and University of Western Ontario, to support math and science education. In Nigeria, we provide more than 2,500 undergraduate and post-graduate scholarships primarily for geoscience and engineering students. Since 2008, ExxonMobil has funded the Institute of International Education to help develop the next generation of scientific leaders across the Middle East and North Africa. Students from 14 countries have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in geoscience, engineering, or business at a U.S. university.