Far Hills, N.J. (July 18, 2012) – Thanks to the shotmaking skills of the world’s top golfers, Chevron Corporation’s Eagles for Education® program will receive $650,000 in combined financial contributions from Chevron and the United States Golf Association (USGA).
As part of a new, multi-year partnership announced in June, the USGA and Chevron agreed to contribute a combined $10,000 for every eagle scored during this year’s U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open championships to help fund programs that apply the fundamentals of golf to demonstrate the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a young person’s educational experience and potential career path. In all, a total of 63 eagles and one double eagle were recorded across the three USGA championships.
“Our USGA Open championships are a celebration of golf, and they present truly unique opportunities to invest in our young people through this great game,” said USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. “Thanks to our new partnership with Chevron and the exciting shotmaking from some of the best golfers in the world, we are helping to inspire young students in considering science, technology, engineering and math as a more appealing part of their educational experience and career pursuits.”
The newly formed Chevron-USGA partnership seeks to encourage students in the academic disciplines that make up STEM. Together, the partners are creating content and unique experiences that showcase the science behind many of the USGA’s core functions, including course setup, equipment testing and soil management/plant sciences research.
“In partnering with the USGA, we have created an opportunity to connect STEM learning to a game that is fun and full of compelling personalities,” said Glenn Weckerlin, director, programs (integration) & partner marketing for Chevron. “The Eagles program has received a big boost from these three world-class championships and we feel it will help carry the program forward in new and more visible ways.”
The need to invest in STEM education is growing across the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 15 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations in 2014 will require science or math knowledge. Chevron’s support of education, especially in the critically important areas of science and math, is industry-leading and will be expanded through its partnership with the USGA. Chevron has invested nearly $100 million in education in the United States over the past three years alone.