Hess Corporation, an energy company and industry leader in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas announced a $1.4 million grant to the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) to continue the company’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
$1 million of the grant will support the Jackie Robinson Museum that is currently under development in New York City, which will provide educational programming and dialogue on critical social issues. $400,000 of the grant proceeds will provide four-year scholarships and in tandem for support services as part of the JRF Scholarship Program and be awarded to five underrepresented college students beginning in fall 2021.
As part of this commitment, Hess will offer internship opportunities for JRF scholars and intends to select five Hess JRF Scholars for its internship program beginning in 2022.
For their part, the JRF considers the grant will serve to further motivate students to pursue careers, such as those in energy, “the Jackie Robinson Foundation is extremely grateful for Hess Corporation’s generous investment in our mission. This extraordinary gift allows us to provide critical support to young leaders who go on to embrace the values embedded in the life and legacy of our namesake,” Della Britton, JRF President, and CEO said in a media release.
“What’s more, Hess’ pledge to help bring to fruition the Jackie Robinson Museum also speaks to its commitment to promote equal opportunity and to challenge society to use history to inform a better future. We could not be more thrilled to partner with Hess Corporation.”
Recognized as the top energy company on the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List for outstanding environmental, social, and governance transparency and performance, Hess works tirelessly to advance equal opportunities.
“Our company has a proud history of social investment programs focused on education to advance equal opportunity and economic growth throughout society,” Chief Executive Officer John Hess said.