Davenport Energy Inc. in Chatham will award $31,000 in ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grants to schools in Virginia and North Carolina.
Grants, which range from $500 to $1,000, benefit classrooms, teachers and students.
Targeting math and science, ExxonMobil grants may be used for films, speakers or field trips to science centers; student volunteer programs; scholarships or awards to encourage academic or leadership excellence in math or science; science fairs, parent-student events; and educational tools such as computers, math or science books, calculators and software.
A branded wholesaler for ExxonMobil, Davenport Energy secured 62 education grants on behalf of its Exxon and Mobil gasoline stations.
Halifax County schools receiving ExxonMobil grants included Halifax County High School, $1,000, Bridgeview Exxon and Smiley’s Exxon; and Scottsburg Elementary School, $500, Short Stop Exxon.
ExxonMobil funded more than $2 million in grants for the 2017 program, which is part of the company’s ongoing support for education.
“Giving back to the community is something we’re proud of at ExxonMobil,” said Tim Davis, director of marketing and dealer services. “By driving success in our schools, we forge a stronger bond with the communities we serve. And that helps drive the community to our stations.”
Since its inception, ExxonMobil has committed more than $30 million to the grant program.
Headquartered in Chatham, Davenport Energy supplies gasoline and diesel fuel to 200 convenience stores and gas stations in Virginia and North Carolina.
A locally owned company, it also delivers propane and heating oil to more than 30,000 customers throughout the region.
In addition to Chatham, Davenport Energy has offices in Danville, Gretna, South Boston, Martinsville, Bedford, Rocky Mount, Roanoke and Covington in Virginia and Greensboro and Siler City in North Carolina.
Founded in 1941, the company celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2016.
Davenport Energy also presented ExxonMobil education grants to the following schools:
• Chatham High School, Chatham;
• Gretna High School, Gretna
• Dan River High School, Ringgold;
• Tunstall High School, Dry Fork;
• Dan River Middle School, Ringgold;
• Chatham Middle School, Chatham;
• Southside Elementary School, Blairs;
• Twin Springs Elementary School, Mount Hermon;
• George Washington High School, Danville;
• Galileo Magnet High School, Danville;
• Westwood Middle School, Danville;
• Sacred Heart School, Danville;
• Westover Christian Academy, Danville;
• Magna Vista High School, Ridgeway;
• Bassett High School, Bassett;
• Burnt Chimney Elementary School, Wirtz;
• Eagle Rock Elementary School, Eagle Rock;
• Lord Botetourt High School, Daleville;
• Northside High School, Roanoke;
• Hidden Valley High School, Roanoke;
• Radford High School, Radford;
• Fort Chiswell Middle School, Max Meadows;
• Giles County High School, Pembroke;
• Alleghany High School, Sparta;
• Mangum Elementary School, Bahama;
• Person County High School, Roxboro;
• Southern High School, Durham;
• Southern Middle School, Roxboro;
• Western Guilford High School, Greensboro;
• Kernersville Middle School, Kernersville;
• Elkin High School, Elkin;
• Lexington Middle School, Lexington.
An additional 16 ExxonMobil grants were presented by other petroleum distributors working through Davenport Energy.