Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) is providing $150,000 over the course of three years to fund students majoring in engineering and construction management in Louisiana State University (LSU) University College’s Summer Scholars program. Summer Scholars is an eight-week summer bridge program designed for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented, minority high school graduates who are enrolled at LSU.
“MPC is proud to provide encouragement and opportunities for underrepresented students to pursue their educational and professional goals,” said Rod Nichols, executive vice president, Human Resources, Health and Administrative Services for MPC. “The Summer Scholars program is a proven means to help students prepare and excel during their time at LSU and MPC is excited to be a part of this opportunity.”
“University College is fortunate to have expanded corporate support for our Summer Scholars program,” said R. Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College. “This summer bridge program nurtures some of our entering minority freshmen to become secure in their transition to college. For our STEM students, this transition can be the impetus to developing the skills and personal self-discipline to excel in their studies and lead them to a successful technical career. Marathon Petroleum Company has recognized the effectiveness of our Summer Scholars program and has made a commitment to assist us in growing our number of participants in the coming years. We pledge to do our part in preparing these young adults for careers that may well lead them to positions with companies like Marathon Petroleum Company.”
Students participate in Summer Scholars during the summer prior to their freshman year at LSU. The program provides a structured environment conducive to building the fundamental skills necessary to enhance the likelihood of successful completion of a baccalaureate degree.
“MPC is passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus and in the workforce, and we know LSU shares that passion,” said Jaime De La Cruz, manager, Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Management for MPC. “Our partnership with LSU’s Summer Scholars program will not only help underrepresented students achieve academic goals, but also help them realize dreams—and we couldn’t be more excited to begin.”
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