At Saturday’s 2011 Charter Gala event honoring United States Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu, the Cal Alumni Association of the University of California, Berkeley announced a partnership with Chevron to promote science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) education through a contribution of $100,000 to the association’s Achievement Award Program.
The scholarship, named the Chevron Achievement Award, will provide up to four years of financial and program support for three highly-qualified and community-minded students interested in STEM fields.
“It’s extremely exciting to offer three students the chance to pursue their academic and career goals at UC Berkeley with this award,” said Executive Director Tuck Coop of the Cal Alumni Association. “We look forward to working with Chevron to open educational opportunities to bright and deserving students, and provide them with the tools and knowledge that will serve them well during their time on campus and, more importantly, will help them realize real-life success.”
Chevron works to promote and increase STEM education opportunities in higher education institutions through its University Partnership program. In addition Chevron works to promote and support other STEM and economic development initiatives through its California Partnership, which to date includes approximately $25 million in investments since 2009 throughout the state.
“Chevron has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with UC Berkeley over the years and funding this effort is in line with our shared goals for higher education in California,” said Shariq Yosufzai, vice president at Chevron Corporation and Chevron’s executive sponsor for UC Berkeley. “Through opportunities like this, Chevron can do its part to ensure that California maintains its leadership in providing world-class education, a highly skilled workforce and as a center of new industry development.”