Market Overview

LULAC National Education Service Centers Inc. Announces ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program Recipients


LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is today
announcing that Sofia Leon from Doral, FL, is being awarded the
prestigious ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship for her leadership qualities
and high school achievements in science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM). Ms. Leon will receive a four-year $20,000 scholarship to
pursue a degree in mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of

Additionally, twelve local awardees are also receiving one-time $2,000
scholarships to pursue engineering degrees at U.S. post-secondary
institutions. The 2018-2019 ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program
recipients are:


Brandon Alba

La Mesa, CA

Electrical Engineering

University of California, Davis

Andrew Ashmar

Macungie, PA

Chemical Engineering

University of Pittsburgh

Mackenzie Baldree

Corpus Christi, TX

Environmental Engineering

St. Mary's University

Daniel Brunnick

El Paso, TX

Mechanical Engineering

Harvard University

Karen Devora Cigarroa

Mesquite, TX

Civil Engineering

Iowa State University

Andrei Garcia

Carrollton, TX

Chemical Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Michael Garcia

San Antonio, TX

Mechanical Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

Kelvin Martinez Gomez

Portland, OR

Computer & Systems Engineering

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Michael Montez

Boerne, TX

Chemical Engineering

University of Texas at Austin

Andrea Newman-Rivera

Corozal, PR

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Johns Hopkins University

Andrea Quinones

Houston, TX

Mechanical Engineering

Columbia University

Maryum Salim

Miramar, FL

Biomedical Engineering

University of Florida


Funded by the ExxonMobil Foundation, the program recognizes
high-achieving Latino seniors from across the country who plan to pursue
degrees in engineering at accredited colleges or universities.
Consideration includes academic performance, career interests and
potential, as well as leadership and community involvement. The
Foundation has been funding these scholarships for five years.

"ExxonMobil Foundation is focused on helping to grow the pool of diverse
engineers in our country," said Kevin Murphy, President, ExxonMobil
Foundation. "Our longstanding partnership with LNESC has been
instrumental in progressing this goal."

According to a Pew Research analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data,
Hispanics hold only 7 percent of STEM jobs. At the same time, employment
in STEM occupations is outpacing overall U.S. job growth, and workers in
STEM fields earn an estimated 26% more than non-STEM workers.

"As Latinos remain under-represented in the STEM fields, it is
imperative that we equip students not only with the financial means
necessary to pursue a post-secondary education, but also with the
experience needed to enter the workforce. The ExxonMobil/LNESC
scholarship program affords students with both, as it has created a
pipeline from its scholarship program to internship opportunities. Over
the past four years, LNESC has awarded more than $175,000 in
scholarships, while ExxonMobil has placed recipients into its internship
programs in Illinois, New Jersey, and Texas. LNESC is proud to continue
its partnership with Exxon Mobil to provide such opportunities for
high-achieving Latinos across the country," said LNESC Executive
Director, Richard Roybal.


Since 1973, LNESC has focused on creating a menu of developmentally
appropriate educational initiatives. These model programs are designed
to help the organization reach its mission of providing the highest
quality education programs needed to help members of the Hispanic
community become life-long learners and leaders. Through these efforts,
LNESC has contributed to the academic success of 550,000 promising
Hispanic and disadvantaged students and has provided more than $26
million to nearly 30,000 students.

More information about LNESC and its programs can be found at

About ExxonMobil Foundation

The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon
Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) in the United States. The foundation and
the corporation engage in a range of philanthropic activities that
advance education, with a focus on math and science in the United
States, promote women as catalysts for economic development and combat
malaria. In 2017, the ExxonMobil Foundation, together with Exxon Mobil
Corporation, its divisions and affiliates along with employees and
retirees, provided $204 million in contributions worldwide.

View Comments and Join the Discussion!