Exxon Mobil Corporation, headquartered in Irving, Texas is a multinational corporation specializing in oil and gas. The corporation was founded in 1999 when Exxon and Mobil merged. The company is the 8th largest money making company in the world. ExxonMobil has 37 oil refineries around the globe that produce over six million barrels a day. In 1870, John D. Rockefeller and some partners established Standard Oil Company of Ohio. A few years later the company incorporated as the Standard Oil Trust. Standard Oil Company of New Jersey and of New York became the company’s largest arms. The company grew and Rockefeller and his partners established European Oil companies such as The Anglo-American Oil Company in the UK and other businesses in Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Although the company was broken apart due to the Antitrust Act in 1892, it returned as the Standard Oil Interests. Its resiliency proved the company worthy of participating in trade relations with China and the Standard Oil Interests was asked to oversee the Asian kerosene market.
The company continued to grow and make several key acquisitions that would lead them to a place on the New York Stock Exchange after which it continued to make acquisition after major acquisition. Today, Exxon Mobil remains the biggest corporation in the oil and energy business without governmental affiliation. Exxon Mobil produces 5% combined of the world’s oil and energy. Exxon Mobil has not forgotten social responsibility as part of the business growth. Their philanthropic arm called The Exxon Mobil Foundation offers many scholarships including the Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarship.
Bernard Harris became an astronaut in 1991 and subsequently flew on Columbia for a ten-day mission during his first voyage in space. His second trip was on the STS-63, a combined mission of Russian and American Space programs. During this second trip, Harris became the first African-American to walk in space. Before becoming an astronaut Bernard Harris grew his impressive resume from a deep commitment to learning and self-improvement through education. He was also a doctor, a pilot, and a scientist. In an effort to inspire underrepresented youth, Exxon Mobil and Harris have joined forces to promote the awareness and provide incentives for math and science majors coming from underrepresented populations. Together they have made four $5,000 scholarships available for two girls and two boys who are Black or Hispanic. Students must be graduating high school seniors in an approved school district.
Candidates must be accepted at an accredited four-year institution of higher education in the US and plan to attend full-time in the fall. The award is limited to underrepresented students who are majoring in any STEM-related field. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students should submit a completed online application, a transcript, letters of reference and a resume of scholastic activities as well as a resume of activities outside of school. The scholarship deadline is April 15, 2017.