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Lamar University receives more than $134,000 in ExxonMobil matching gifts

ExxonMobil employees who are alumni of Lamar University, or whose family member attends or has attended Lamar, made good use of the company’s generous matching gift program in 2010. Daniel Risso, ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery plant manager, and Rob Tully, Beaumont Chemical Plant site manager, presented Lamar University President James Simmons with a matching gift check of $134,470 Friday. 

ExxonMobil’s generous three-to-one matching gift program triples employee gifts to the university. Employee contributions have grown steadily for several years, said Kathleen Jackson, public and government affairs manager for ExxonMobil in Beaumont. The contribution brings the total ExxonMobil matching gifts since 2006 to over $500,000.

“This matching gift check is greatly appreciated,” Simmons said. “ExxonMobil’s matching gift program reinforces the support we receive from our loyal alumni. This latest contribution is continuation of a long history of outstanding support Lamar University has received from ExxonMobil and its dedicated employees.”

In giving to a wide array of programs and activities, ExxonMobil has supported Lamar University more than $1.8 million since 2006. Contributions count toward the university’s Investing in the Future comprehensive campaign, which has raised more than $80 million toward a goal of $100 million.

In addition to matching gifts from employees, ExxonMobil supports the university primarily by funding special projects and programs on campus including Cardinal Connection, a reading initiative program with the Beaumont Independent School District; the Executive-in-Residence Program in the College of Business; Lamarissimo! and Le Grand Bal in the College of Fine Arts and Communication; and Teaching Environmental Science, and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Other ExxonMobil-supported programs of 2010 included the Engineering Student Ambassador Program, the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, the University Writing Center, the I Have A Dream Program, and Integrated Science for Educators.

Each calendar year, an employee, retiree, or surviving spouse can have up to $7,500 in gifts to U.S. colleges and universities matched 3-to-1 by the ExxonMobil Foundation. The gift must be made to a college or university with which the donor has a personal affiliation: the donor, their spouse, or one of their children must have received a degree from, attended, or currently be attending the institution.

More information on the program guidelines and applications can be found at