Chevron Phillips donates $80,000 for scholarships, equipment to LIT

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(LIT press release)

Chevron Phillips Chemical and Lamar Institute of Technology became partners in educating a workforce suited for Southeast Texas on July 2, with Chevron Phillips’ presentation of an $80,000 check for scholarships and equipment upgrades.

Margie Conway, plant manager of Chevron Phillips Port Arthur; Rick Kinder, plant manager of Chevron Philips Orange; Vicki Derese, community relations, Port Arthur/Orange; and Debbie Reynolds, Orange plant HR manager were on hand to present the check to Dr. Paul Szuch, LIT president, and Joanne Brown, director of development at LIT.

Of the $80,000 donated, $24,000 is earmarked for additional equipment for LIT’s process operating and instrumentation technology programs. The remainder of the funds will go to seven scholarships each year for the next four years.

Conway talked about the importance of LIT’s programs, particularly in light of the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age.

“The quality of students is excellent,” she said, “and we need more of them to take place of those who are retiring.”

Chevron Phillips and LIT hope eventually to develop an internship program with students.

This is not the first time Chevron Phillips has reached out to LIT. Several years ago, when the campus’ distillation unit was built, Chevron Phillips donated some distillation parts used in the unit.

This recent donation cements the relationship.

Derese said, “This is because of the growth we’re seeing in our area. We need qualified, highly skilled workers.”

Students interested in the scholarships may apply by contacting Joanne Brown at (409) 839-2956.