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Marathon_checkMichigan State University and Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) celebrated a new partnership and a $150,000 commitment for underrepresented and underprepared students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) on July 6 in East Lansing, Michigan.


Marathon Petroleum’s support will strengthen the Engineering and Science Success Academy (ESSA) at MSU – a seven-week, residential program administered by the Diversity Programs Office in the College of Engineering.


“Marathon Petroleum is helping us increase the number of students in a proven high-impact program — ESSA,” said College of Engineering Dean Leo Kempel. “It is a great step in helping new students to succeed and helps us build a bigger career pipeline into engineering, technology, and science.”


“MPC is honored to partner with Michigan State University and support the Engineering and Science Success Academy and its students,” said Rod Nichols, senior vice president of Human Resources and Administrative Services for Marathon Petroleum. “We are proud to provide financial assistance to a program that encourages students who benefit from additional preparation to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.”


The new partnership was the focus of a ceremony in MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center during Wednesday’s ESSA summer career fair. Representatives of Marathon Petroleum and MSU celebrated a three-year agreement and also networked with students to discuss internship and employment opportunities.

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