Colorado School of Mines Receives $250,000 Gift from ConocoPhillips

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Colorado School of Mines Receives $250,000 Gift from ConocoPhillips

GOLDEN, Colo., June 11, 2008—Colorado School of Mines recently received a $250,000 contribution from ConocoPhillips in support of scholarships and fellowships, student professional organizations and outreach programs at the School. The grant also provides funding for several academic departments.

The largest portion of the gift supports the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholars Program, which provides scholarships to outstanding students and provides them leadership and public service opportunities throughout their college careers. The program provides Mines students with valuable hands-on exposure to ConocoPhillips and the energy industry. In addition to financial assistance, SPIRIT Scholars receive professional development, mentoring, and the opportunity to be considered for internship and full-time positions.

During the 2008-2009 school year, 28 SPIRIT Scholars will participate in the program at Mines.  Included among the scholars are undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, mechanical engineering and geophysics.

“ConocoPhillips’ continued support for Mines’ pioneering energy-related programs and student scholarships is invaluable,” said Mines’ President M.W. “Bill” Scoggins. “In addition to the generous funding provided by ConocoPhillips, the School benefits tremendously from the exchange of innovative ideas made possible through this partnership.”

Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, the School has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's resources.

ConocoPhillips is an international, integrated energy company with operations in nearly 40 countries. As the third-largest integrated energy company in the United States and fifth-largest refiner in the world, ConocoPhillips’ goal is to deliver energy in a safe, environmentally and socially responsible manner.


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