Writer: Emilee Cantrell
A $50,000 gift from Western Refining will benefit College of Engineering students at New Mexico State University.
A portion of the gift will provide support for engineering student scholarships. Western’s gift will provide 30 engineering students who have made positive progression in completing their degrees with $500 scholarships.
The gift will also provide funding for STEM outreach programs and expansion upgrades to the chemical engineering Operations Unit Lab, which is used for chemical engineering courses.
Student groups such as the Mini Baja Team and the Engineering Student Ambassadors will also receive funding from Western Refining’s gift. The funds will support engineering student project design and leadership development.
“Corporate partners like Western Refining are invaluable contributors to the engineering educational experience at NMSU,” said Ricardo B. Jacquez, dean of the College of Engineering. “This gift is only one example of the many contributions that Western has made to advance our engineering program at NMSU and we are greatly appreciative of this investment in our students.”
Western Refining is an independent oil refiner and marketer. The company’s headquarters is in El Paso and satellite offices are located in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California.