5 Masters Degrees for 5 special Egyptian students who were  selected by ExxonMobil for its MENA Scholars Program.  This highly regarded program offers students the support to study for a Masters Degree at a US university in fields related to chemistry, engineering and geoscience. The scholarship program attracted around 1,300 students from the region but only 23 were outstanding enough to meet the high standards set by ExxonMobil.

The chairman of this huge gas and oil corporation Mr Andy Wells stated that they will pursue alternative opportunities for more exceptional students in all sectors and locations that they operate in. ExxonMobil’s aim is to make huge investments into the bright young people of Egypt by giving them the best education and opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge.

He also said that it was an honor to award these students with the Masters Degrees from the  ExxonMobil program,  that allowed them the support to continue high level studies of these very critical areas of engineering, geoscience, chemistry, mathematics and technologies while also giving them a chance to follow their dreams.

ExxonMobil is one of the largest publicly traded companies by market capitalization in the world and in the last 5 years has been ranked either no.1 or no.2. It is committed to operating a global gas and oil portfolio in the most efficient yet effective procedures possible. The scholarship program was started in 2008 to support the next generation of scientists from 14 different countries of the MENA region.

The students Mohammad from Tanta, Haitham from Cairo, Hazem from Helwan, Moetaz from Qaliub City and Ramy from Cairo studied at The Colorado school of Mines, University of Houston, Texas A&M University and The University of Texas. As well as full tuition the program offers a visa, academic support a stipend for expenses and housing, expenses for textbooks, computer allowances, travel to the US and an extensive orientation program.

Andy Wells stated that after the students receive their Masters Degrees the scholarship includes a 3 month internship with ExxonMobil, yet the students are not committed to stay on and may choose to move to another corporation, however he was delighted that 2 of the 5 have opted to join the workforce.

The ExxonMobil MENA scholarship program is only one of many diverse educational programs they continue to support all over the world that helps economic development and gives young Arab people opportunities. They are involved in many youth programs in Egypt like Save the Children which offers a second chance to 12 to 17 year old girls who for some reason dropped out of school and another is INJAZ a non-government ran organization that supports Arab youth business skills where over 130 ExxonMobil employees have offered their services free since 2004.

Great news! To have the support of such a leading corporation for our young Arabs and the MENA economy.