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Shell Donates $313,500 for Science, Business, Engineering

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Shell Oil Company has contributed $313,500 to support academic programs at the University.

The grants benefit undergraduates and graduate students in UT’s McCombs School of Business, Cockrell School of Engineering, and Jackson School of Geosciences. A large component of the donation is designated for the GeoFORCE Texas program, which rewards outstanding low-income students from diverse South Texas and Houston school districts with the chance to travel the country and learn about opportunities for careers in the geosciences.

Shell helps support GeoFORCE Texas, a program designed to shape the next generation of earth scientists.

Shell helps support GeoFORCE Texas, a program designed to shape the next generation of earth scientists.

Including the $313,500 contribution, the company has given UT Austin more than $34 million in gifts and research grants, says Mark Blount, UT’s director of corporate relations.

“With $20.6 million in gifts and $13.7 million in research support, Shell is truly one of our most generous corporate partners,” Blount says. “Beyond its philanthropy, Shell helps our students launch promising careers. And not least, Shell works with us on innovative programs in science, business, and engineering.”

Shell Vice President Kelley Lang was on hand to present the donation at a campus event attended by University leaders and students who are Shell interns or have accepted job offers with the company. The visit was Lang’s first in her new role as Shell’s executive ambassador to the University.

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