Chevron: Grants for STEM Higher Education

OVERVIEW: Chevron is one of the world’s largest corporations, and while not a foundation, the company’s philanthropy prioritizes education, particularly school standards reform, professional development, and hands-on learning.

IP TAKE: Chevron's education giving largely prioritizes the K-12 set, but it has also formed partnerships with a number of postsecondary institutions and minority professional associations. It also has a couple other Programs to support universities at smaller levels.

PROFILE: Inspired by the widely reported shortage of American graduates prepared for technical jobs, Chevron commits millions to education, STEM education in particular. Chevron’s funding prioritizes new standards implementation for STEM K-12 education, professional development for instructors, and informal education that emphasizes hands-on learning.  

While some corporate grantmaking programs mostly support their communities through medium-sized grants, Chevron prefers larger programs they can fund as branded partnerships. New grantseekers can explore Chevron’s Partners and Programs page to get a broader sense of what its biggest partners are doing.

Chevron also funds several ongoing programs that support universities and schools at smaller levels. The University Partnership Program (UPP), for example, funds over 100 individual campuses internationally and in the U.S. Funds go toward financial aid, department and faculty funding, and lab upgrades. For some non-partners, Chevron also offers funding to “develop talent in disciplines such as engineering, earth science, finance, information technology and environmental science.” Chevron additionally offers technical training through a similar community college program.

The corporation’s grantmaking prioritizes minority involvement through its work at historically black colleges and its partnerships with minority professional associations including the GoldShirt program at the University of Colorado and the Leadership in Engineering Advancement, Diversity and Retention program at the University of California, Davis.

Ultimately, aside from the university program, corporate higher education grantmaking is fairly selective.

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