Chevron's University Partnership Program (UPP) works with more than 100 college and university partners around the world to help attract and develop talented students and teachers who can help achieve a more technically proficient global workforce. UPP provides strategic and multifaceted support, which includes scholarships, grants, funding for faculty positions, department gifts and laboratory upgrades. We consider these educational partnerships to be strategic investments in the economic development of local communities and the future of the energy business.
UPP is active in key areas where Chevron operates, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Venezuela. A portion of the program focuses on bringing together schools around the globe to strengthen faculty, curriculum and student development.
In the United States, UPP partners with several major universities, including the Colorado School of Mines; Louisiana State University; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Stanford University; Texas A&M University; the University of California, Davis; and the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to these schools, UPP provides support to other universities to develop talent in disciplines such as engineering, earth science, finance, information technology and environmental science.
To encourage minority participation in these areas of study and foster diversity, Chevron partners with historically black colleges and universities such as Tuskegee University, North Carolina A&T State University and Clark Atlanta University. We also sponsor other university-based programs designed to attract and retain minority or low-income students, including:
- The GoldShirt Program at University of Colorado, which offers a year of extra study after high school for motivated but unprepared students who want to pursue an engineering degree. After the GoldShirt year, participants follow the four-year curriculum in the engineering major of their choice while continuing to take part in the GoldShirt program.
- The Leadership in Engineering Advancement Diversity and Retention (LEADR) Program at the University of California, Davis, which focuses on attracting and retaining engineering students from diverse backgrounds, particularly at-risk students. The program includes a dedicated student center, academic advisors, leadership and professional development, and engagement with diversity clubs.
Through UPP, Chevron is a board member of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and we partner with many professional associations at the campus and national level, including: Society of Women Engineers, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, among others. Our involvement provides national and local chapter sponsorship, scholarships and recruitment into our workforce.
Updated: April 2014