ExxonMobil Donations Fuel Hancock MESA Students Toward Degrees

Students continue to benefit from company's ongoing support.

FEBRUARY 20, 2014 -- What goes around comes around, and recent ExxonMobil scholarship recipient Alber Douglawi has already set his sights on giving to the next generation of students in need, just like ExxonMobil recently did for him.  “I would like to sincerely thank the people at ExxonMobil.  It truly makes a major difference in my life.  This scholarship has inspired me to one day donate scholarship funds so that others may have the same opportunity I had,” he said.

Alber DouglawiDouglawi, a recent Allan Hancock College graduate and current Cal Poly aerospace engineering major, received a $1,000 scholarship from ExxonMobil through the Hancock MESA program that helped to pay for tuition and housing.  Fellow Hancock grad and Cal Poly student Luz Elena Gomez received the same scholarship.  Both are two of the eight students who have benefited over the last three years from ExxonMobil’s $15,000 in total donations to students through the college’s MESA program. 

MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program) provides support services to 125 disadvantaged students at Hancock.  The program helps students pursue bachelor’s degrees in science-based fields like biology and engineering.

The donations from ExxonMobil fund scholarships to help Hancock students continue their educations at four-year universities.  Each year, two first-year students receive $500 scholarships.  Two students, who are transferring to four-year universities, are awarded $1,000 scholarships.  The rest of the money goes to support student projects.

“Scholarships and services are vital to assist our students, who are educationally and financially disadvantaged, accomplish their educational and career goals,” said Christine Reed, the MESA program coordinator.  “ExxonMobil’s gifts make it possible for us to offer more opportunities to our successful transfer students.”

“I was able to do very well during my first quarter at Cal Poly and this scholarship had a direct impact on that,” added Douglawi, who immigrated from Syria to the United States with his family in 2000.  He was one of eight students in the nation chosen for a prestigious research internship at Cornell University last summer.

Luz GomezGomez was born in Mexico and grew up in a small, Hispanic community.  She said it was always difficult to find a support group to fuel her passion for science and math until she discovered the MESA program at Hancock.  A biology major at Cal Poly, Luz called the scholarship a blessing.  “The money made my education possible.  I greatly appreciate the faith ExxonMobil and MESA had in me and for helping make my dreams come true,” said Luz.  “Without a doubt, joining MESA was the best decision I ever made.”

Four more MESA students will receive scholarships this May as a result of ExxonMobil’s most recent donation of $5,000.

“ExxonMobil is committed to investing in math and science education because we believe it is key in preparing our youth for the challenges of tomorrow,” said Troy Tranquada, ExxonMobil Santa Ynez Unit Operations Superintendent.  “Support for the MESA program and local students furthers their math and science education and better prepares them for careers in those fields.”

For more information on the MESA program call program coordinator Christine Reed at 1-805-922-6966, ext.3446 or email at creed@hancockcollege.edu.

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