EAST LANSING – Michigan State University and Marathon Petroleum Corp. celebrated a new partnership and a $150,000 commitment for underrepresented and underprepared students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

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.”

The new partnership was the focus of a ceremony in MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center during the 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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