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ExxonMobil pledges $600,000 to ANSEP

02-Feb-2015 ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) announced that Exxon Mobil Corporation has made a three-year commitment totaling $600,000 to support an expansion of the ANSEP pre-college academies. The academies immerse students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences early in their educational careers with the goal of preparing students socially and academically for success at the university.

ExxonMobil will contribute $200,000 per year over the next three years to the program. Earlier this year, the company also made a $200,000 contribution pledge to ANSEP for the same pre-college programs.

“We are thankful for the strong financial support ExxonMobil provides,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder, Ph.D. “Together we are transforming the academic and economic opportunities for thousands of Alaska Native students.“

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. Every year, ExxonMobil hosts Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps at universities across the country, including at the University of Alaska Anchorage. ExxonMobil has also provided dozens of internship opportunities for ANSEP students.

“ExxonMobil is committed to strengthening education, and ANSEP is one of the best ways to do that in Alaska,” said ExxonMobil Alaska production manager Karen Hagedorn. “Together, we can help foster brilliant STEM careers that will have lasting benefits for the state.”

Throughout the past two decades, ANSEP has made great progress toward its goal of changing the hiring patterns for native Alaskans in the science and engineering professions by providing students with the tools they need to be successful, beginning at the middle school level. ANSEP’s longitudinal model continues through high school and into college undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs.

More than 1,500 students are currently engaged in the program, including middle school, high school and university students, as well as alumni. Since 2010, 80 percent of ANSEP students who have started a University of Alaska undergraduate program in a STEM field are still enrolled and on track to earn their degree or have graduated. To learn more about ANSEP, visit www.ansep.net.

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