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Catawba College Receives ExxonMobil Grant

May 6, 2005

Category: Academics

ExxonMobil announced today that more than $559,800 has been donated to 33 colleges and universities in North Carolina , including Catawba College, through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2004 Educational Matching Gift Program.   ExxonMobil employees, retirees, surviving spouses and directors contributed nearly $142,000 to North Carolina institutions of higher education in 2004, which was matched by the ExxonMobil Foundation with $418,000 in unrestricted educational grants.

Initiated in 1962, the ExxonMobil Foundation’s Educational Matching Gift Program matches gifts to higher education on a 3-to-1 basis and has provided more than $301 million to higher education in the United States.   This year, the program’s combined contributions provided 932 colleges and universities across the country with more than $26 million.   Individual donations totaled $7.7 million, and the ExxonMobil Foundation matched that number with an additional $18.6 million.

“Supporting education initiatives is of the highest priority to ExxonMobil and our employees,” said Kenneth P. Cohen, vice president for public affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation and chairman, ExxonMobil Foundation.   “This commitment is demonstrated through our matching gift program which provides funds to educational institutions for improvements and the advancement of learning opportunities.   We commend ExxonMobil employees for their generous contributions and their support of higher education.”  

Under the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2004 Educational Matching Gift Program a donor could give up to $5,000 a year to colleges and universities with which he or she is affiliated, and the Foundation matched those gifts on a 3-to-1 basis up to $15,000.   The affiliation requirement is waived for gifts to the United Negro College Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the American Indian College Fund.   In response to the program's tremendous support and success, ExxonMobil has increased the amount per donor to $7,500 starting with 2005 donations.

In addition to Catawba College, other N.C. institutions receiving education ExxonMobil Foundation matching gift grants include Appalachian State University, Belmont Abbey College, Brevard College, Davidson College, Duke University, East Carolina University, Elon College, Fayetteville State University, Forsyth Technical Community College, Gardner-Webb University, Greensboro College, Guilford College, Johnson C. Smith University, Lees-McRae College, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Mars Hill College, Meredith College, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina School of the Arts, North Carolina State University, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, Salem College, Sandhills Community College, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Andrews Presbyterian College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Development Office, Wake Forest University, Warren Wilson College, and Western Carolina University.

ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States.   The Foundation engages in a broad range of philanthropic activities focusing on the communities where Exxon Mobil Corporation has significant operations.   In addition, the Foundation supports research and dissemination on selected topics of interest to the energy industry.   Focus areas include education, health and environment.   In 2004, ExxonMobil Foundation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and its divisions and affiliates provided $106.5 million in contributions worldwide, with more than $40 million dedicated to education.  

Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at

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