Halliburton Foundation Gives $35,000 to Mines

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Halliburton Foundation Gives $35,000 to Mines

GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 24, 2009 - Halliburton Foundation Inc. made a $35,000 gift to Colorado School of Mines that will support graduate and undergraduate students in the Geology and Geological Engineering Department and the Minority Engineering Program’s outreach initiatives. Over the past three decades, Halliburton's support for Colorado School of Mines has totaled more than $1.6 million.

With $20,000 of the gift, the company continues its Halliburton Scholarship Program at the university, a program that was begun in 2007 and has provided support to numerous Mines students. Scholarships and fellowships for 2009-10 will support undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, helping Mines continue to attract talented students to prepare future industry leaders. The department also houses the Halliburton Foundation Geomechanics Lab, established through a Halliburton Foundation grant in 2003.

"We appreciate the continued support that Halliburton has generously given over the years to the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at Mines,” says Department Head John Humphrey. “This contribution will again be used for scholarships and fellowships for talented undergraduate and graduate students who seek to be the next generation of leaders in the field of petroleum geoscience. Support by Halliburton for their education at Mines ensures the industry will continue to grow and thrive."

The remainder of the Halliburton Foundation gift will support two outreach programs offered through Mines' Minority Engineering Program. Established in 1989, MEP works to recruit, retain and graduate Native American, African American, Asian American and Hispanic men and women in the areas of math, science and engineering. The Summer Minority Engineering Training (SUMMET) and Challenge programs are essential to MEP's efforts to encourage young people to pursue their education at Mines and increase the diversity of the nation's technical workforce. Halliburton Foundation funding will support SUMMET, a residential science and engineering program for promising high school sophomore and junior minority students; and Challenge, a four-week summer academic transitional bridge program for selected freshmen who otherwise may not qualify to attend Mines.

“Halliburton has a longstanding, valued relationship with Colorado School of Mines,” said Jeff Coburn, Northern Region Cementing Manager for the company. “We hope the funding of these student scholarships and outreach programs will allow Mines students to offset their academic costs and will enable us to bridge the gap in increasing the diversity of the energy industry workforce in the coming years.”

Established in 1965, the Halliburton Foundation supports education at all levels and charitable organizations through employee matching gifts, direct grants and scholarships. For more information, visit www.halliburton.com.

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Contact:
Trisha Bentz Kendall, Associate Director, Donor Communications & Relations
Colorado School of Mines Foundation, Inc
303-273-3526 / trisha.kendall@mines.edu


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