Martinez Renewable Fuels invests in USS Hornet Aircraft Museum

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A docent (volunteer) from the USS Hornet speaks to local students through the museum’s educational programming. The students pictured here are making gliders to land on the Flight Deck.


  • The Martinez Renewable Fuels facility in California donated $10,000 to the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum.
  • The museum program highlights the science, technology and history behind the ship and allows people to experience it in person.
  • Since 2018, Marathon has given $80,000 to the museum for educational programs.

While Marathon Petroleum’s refinery in Martinez, California, continues its conversion to a renewable fuels facility, so has its investments in the local community. Recently, the Martinez Renewable Fuels team awarded a $10,000 grant to the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum, in support of the museum’s Step into Technology STEM High School vocational program, which teaches local high school students about the various scientific applications of the different technologies that exist on a WWII-era aircraft carrier.

“The goal of this program is not only to highlight the science and history behind this storied ship, but also to give these students a real-life and hands-on experience of what it was like to operate one,” said Charlotte Rodeen-Dickert, Director of Institutional Advancement at the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum.

Marathon’s donation will help fund the one-of-a-kind program for up to 1,000 students in Alameda County where the USS Hornet is docked.

“Marathon is proud of our longstanding partnership with the USS Hornet,” said Nichol Carranza, Advanced Community Investments Rep. at Marathon Petroleum. “We share the Museum’s goal of providing students in Alameda County and beyond with educational opportunities they may not otherwise have access to and to ready them for a possible career in the STEM field.”

Since 2018, Marathon Petroleum has given $80,000 to the museum for educational programs, including virtual field trips for students during the pandemic.