CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – June 9, 2016 – Fifteen college-bound students attending high schools in the Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) were awarded the CITGO First in Family Scholarship, thanks to support from CITGO Petroleum Corporation and the Corpus Christi Education Fund (CCEF).

Since 2012, graduating high school seniors in Corpus Christi on track to become the first in their immediate families to attend a college, four-year university or vocational training program have been awarded with this scholarship. CITGO has supported the scholarship fund since its inception as part of its mission to provide students with the resources to be successful in their academic and professional endeavors. This year’s honorees, as well as their families and past scholarship recipients, were recognized at an awards banquet.

“The CITGO First in Family Scholarship recognizes hardworking students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and will be the first in their families to receive a High School Diploma,” said Dr. Roland Hernandez, CCISD superintendent. “Because of the CITGO commitment to encouraging students, 75 students have had the opportunity to receive $1,000 scholarships since the program first began.”

CITGO strives to give back to the communities in which it operates and believes in the importance of a strong educational foundation to help students reach their full potential. In addition to the First in Family Scholarship, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery partners with educational programs throughout the region, including the highly ranked Foy H. Moody High School CITGO Innovation Academy for Engineering, Environmental & Marine Science. From leading environmental stewardship workshops to sponsoring school robotics teams, CITGO promotes interactive educational programs that encourage students to explore fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In 2015, CITGO brought educators from Texas, as well as Illinois and Louisiana, aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus with the Ocean Exploration Trust to give them first-hand deep-sea exploration research and educational experience that they then delivered back to their classrooms.

“At CITGO, we are committed to active participation in our communities, and helping students achieve academic greatness is at the cornerstone of that involvement,” said CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery Vice President and General Manager Art Klein. “In particular, we support local organizations that equip students for real-world challenges in sought-after careers, such as opportunities in the sciences. We are very proud of this year’s class of First in Family students and look forward to learning of their continued success.”

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