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CITGO Lemont refinery promotes STEM

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15 college bound students from three Lemont area high schools were awarded a CITGO Fuelling Education Scholarship for excellence in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The students received their award from Peter Collarelli, Government and Public Affairs Manager and were recognised by their peers during a school assembly.

"The CITGO Lemont refinery has been operating in the state of Illinois for more than 90 years. Being a loyal neighbour means investing in the future of our young people. Our hope is that on day, these students will bring their education and knowledge back to their communities," said General Manager and Vice President of the CITGO Lemont Refinery, Jim Cristman.

CITGO proudly supports higher education opportunities by awarding scholarships to many students who are pursuing STEM degrees. CITGO is also committed to facilitating educational programmes that encourage students to explore STEM concepts. In 2015, CITGO brought educators from Illinois, as well as Louisiana and Texas aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus with the Ocean Exploration Trust to give them first hand deep sea exploration research and educational experience that they then delivered back to their classrooms. Additionally, CITGO employees at three refineries across the country are actively involved in local schools, enhancing students' STEM education through assistance with hands on experiences including robotics competitions, technology fairs, presentations and career days.

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