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ARCO Gift to UCR Engineering College To Support Student Academic Projects

ARCO Gift to UCR Engineering College To Support Student Academic Projects

(November 29, 1999)

A grant of $28,000 from the ARCO Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the global petroleum products company, will fund a variety of professional development activities for engineering students at the University of California, Riverside.

The MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Program in UCR's Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering plans to use the gift to fund leadership and professional training programs for students, academic excellence workshops, travel to national engineering conferences and other student activities. It is the second year that the ARCO Foundation has provided funding for the MESA Program, which offers a variety of activities to support underrepresented engineering students in completing their degrees, as well as gaining graduate school admission or professional employment.

"We realize that you have to inject some resources to help these students succeed," said Matt S. Rezvani, manager of local government and community relations for ARCO Products Company. "That is why we support programs such as this." The ARCO Foundation has invested more than $7 million over the last 12 years supporting MESA programs across the nation.

"ARCO's support of the MESA Program makes it possible for our engineering students to enhance their classroom and laboratory experiences with supplemental academic activities," said Satish K. Tripathi, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR. "One of the most beneficial experiences for students is participating in national engineering conferences where they can share the results of their own research and make valuable professional contacts. We are so grateful to the ARCO Foundation for its generous support of our engineering students."

The Los Angeles-based ARCO (NYSE: ARC) is a comprehensive, worldwide oil and gas company involved in exploration, production, refining and marketing of crude oil and petroleum-based fuels.

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