ExxonMobil Expands Partnership with Hispanic Heritage Foundation

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ExxonMobil Expands Partnership with Hispanic Heritage Foundation

DALLAS -- ExxonMobil Corp. will expand its partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) through the sponsorship of the first Hispanic Heritage Award for Math and Science, which increases the company’s support of the HHF to $1.2 million, the company stated.

"Role models are critical to heighten interest among students and ensure their achievement of college-level education and careers in the math and science fields," Rex W. Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of ExxonMobil, said in a statement.

The recipient of the inaugural award is seismologist and science education advocate Dr. Ines Cifuentes, who was honored at the 21st Hispanic Heritage Awards Gala yesterday.

"I have been very fortunate that my professional and personal interests are aligned so that my passion for one is easily translated to the other," Cifuentes said in a statement. Recently she has worked to improve math and science teaching in D.C. public schools, the company stated.

"To be named as the Hispanic Heritage Award Winner for Math and Science is a deep honor and a testament to the power of education, hard work and the support of my family and friends," she added. "I would also like to commend ExxonMobil for its commitment to enhancing and improving math and science education as well as its progressive Hispanic outreach."

Also honored at the gala was Keone Hon, the 2007 National Hispanic Heritage Youth Award recipient in Engineering and Mathematics. Hon, a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wishes to pursue a degree in mathematics and chemical engineering. ExxonMobil also sponsored the award.

"ExxonMobil's partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation allows us to celebrate the exemplary accomplishments of individuals such as Dr. Cifuentes and Keone Hon and spotlights a distinguished group of influential leaders for the nation's Hispanic youth," Tillerson said.
In addition to awards sponsorship, ExxonMobil also partnered with the HHF to host two events -- the Latino Leaders Network Issues Hour and the Latino Leaders Youth Luncheon, which honors past and present Hispanic Heritage Youth Award winners.

ExxonMobil supports various organizations -- including the HHF -- that help promote and create opportunities for minorities in the math and science fields, in an effort to improve math and science education, the company stated.