The Corpus Christi Refinery engages the CITGO Cares Team to lead volunteer efforts in their local communities. We are dedicated to supporting commerce, economic stability and community development in Corpus Christi, and seek out opportunities and partnerships that enable us to make an impact in these areas. In 2015, the Corpus Christi Refinery contributed $367,995 to local non-profits, donated more than 3,300 volunteer hours to 35 community organizations, and raised an all-time record of $639,172 for the United Way – an increase of 15.57% over the previous campaign.
Support of STEM education: The Corpus Christi Refinery supports a number of educational programs, including STEM education. The refinery partners with the Foy H. Moody High School Innovation Academy to encourage students to pursue STEM curriculum and consider careers in our industry, with courses including Engineering Design and Development, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Science. Through the Innovation Academy, CITGO has reached approximately 850 students, who have taken home awards such as Excellence in Action: STEM Career Cluster winner, Innovation Award: First Place in the Tech Challenge, and the Skills USA: First Place in Applied Engineering for three years in a row. We are proud that our partnership with the Academy garnered a 2014 Texas Education Partnership (Gold Award).
First in Family Scholarship Program: One of our newest education efforts is a program called “First in Family.” In collaboration with the Corpus Christi Education Foundation and the Corpus Christi Independent School District, First in Family awards a $1,000 scholarship to local high school students who are the first in their family to graduate. In 2015, we awarded $1,000 scholarships to 15 students from eight CCISD high schools. Since the program’s inception, we have awarded 75 scholarships and increased our overall contribution to $56,000.