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LULAC National Education Service Centers Inc. Announces ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program Recipients

July 9, 2015
By Business Wire News


LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is pleased to announce the 2015-16 ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship program national recipient, Rebecca Grekin of Houston, Texas, and twelve local awardees from across LNESC’s program sites. Ms. Grekin will receive a four-year $20,000 scholarship to pursue a degree in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Local recipients will receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship for the academic school year.

Funded by the Exxon Mobil Corporation, the program provides high-achieving Latino seniors with scholarship opportunities to pursue a degree in engineering at accredited colleges or universities across the country. Selections are based on academic performance, career interests and potential, and leadership and community involvement.

The 2015-2016 ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program recipients are:

Nicholas Autobee – Pueblo West, CO; University of Colorado at Colorado Springs; Electrical Engineering
Fernando Garcia – Miami, FL; University of Florida; Biomedical Engineering
Victor Gonzalez – Overland Park, KS; Rice University; Electrical Engineering
Gabrielle Lencioni – Corpus Christi, TX; Rice University; Chemical Engineering
William Libey – Fairview, TX; University of Colorado Boulder; Aerospace Engineering
Ryan McColley–Perez – San Antonio, TX; Texas A&M University; Biomedical Engineering
Jazlyn Merida – Miami, FL; University of Florida; Biomedical Engineering
Corey Miner – Albuquerque, NM; University of California, San Diego; Computer Engineering
Eva Reyes – Philadelphia, PA;Stanford University; Chemical Engineering
Lucian Rombado – Houston, TX;United States Naval Academy; Mechanical Engineering
Yadira Santos-Cruz – Miami, FL; University of Miami; Biomedical Engineering
Xavier Zapien – El Paso, TX;Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Electrical Engineering

“With rising tuition costs and increasing financial need, LNESC is proud to provide scholarship opportunities, such as the ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship program, to promising Latino youth pursing a degree in engineering. An indicator of the growing need was evident through the number of applicants from 2014 to 2015; the number increased more than 100%. It is imperative we invest in our youth’s education to strengthen our future workforce in the STEM fields,” said LNESC Executive Director, Richard Roybal.

According to the Pew Research Hispanic Center, a record-setting 69 percent of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college last year. Despite the attainment gap narrowing, however, Hispanics continue to lag behind their counterparts in obtaining a bachelor’s degree, especially in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.


Since 1973, LNESC has focused on creating a menu of developmentally appropriate educational initiatives. These model programs are designed to help the organization reach its mission of providing the highest quality education programs needed to help members of the Hispanic community become life-long learners and leaders. Through these efforts, LNESC has contributed to the academic success of 500,000 promising Hispanic and disadvantaged students and has provided more than $20 million to nearly 26,000 students.

More information about LNESC and its programs can be found at

About Exxon Mobil Corporation

Exxon Mobil Corporation, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, with a focus on math and science in the United States, promote women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria. In 2014, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil, its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $279 million in contributions worldwide. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contribution programs is available at

LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc.
Marianna Moron, 202-835-9646 ext. 114
LNESC Director of National Programs & Scholarships