Earlier this month, T.J. Wojnar Jr. ’80 presented a matching gift check of $194,798 to President Shirley Ann Jackson on behalf of ExxonMobil Foundation.
Rensselaer alumni and friends associated with ExxonMobil maximized their contributions to Rensselaer through the Foundation’s Educational Matching Gift Program. The ExxonMobil Foundation has contributed more than $1.6 million in matching funds in support of Rensselaer since 2006.
“I am honored to present, on behalf of ExxonMobil and our employees, these funds to Rensselaer. The generosity of our employees, who have benefited from the education that Rensselaer provides, allows us to support the exciting advances taking place at Rensselaer today, including innovative new classes and opportunities for students to take part in world-changing research,” said Wojnar, president of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company.
The ExxonMobil Foundation’s Educational Matching Gift Program matches gifts to higher education on a three-to-one basis. In 2015, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $268 million in contributions worldwide, of which $98 million was dedicated to education. The Educational Matching Gift Program is intended to encourage giving to higher education by ExxonMobil employees, retirees, and surviving spouses. Each calendar year, an eligible donor may have up to $7,500 in gifts to U.S. colleges and universities and to certain consortia of minority colleges and universities matched by the ExxonMobil Foundation.