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Strong Communities

About our investments


Investing in the future.

To build stronger communities, we invest in ensuring inclusive and quality education for all. Our programs and partnerships are aligned around common goals of improving student performance, supporting teachers, and equipping students to succeed in the workforce. We track our progress against key indicators like increased rate of students meeting grade-level reading standards, increased number of qualified teachers and increased graduation rate in the areas where we operate.

In Houston, we’re addressing literacy by partnering with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation on the My Home Library program. Research shows that when children have access to books in their home, and have a choice in selecting books, they will read more frequently and achieve at higher levels academically. That’s why, through our partnership, we deliver thousands of books to socioeconomically-disadvantaged students each year.

Across our operating areas, we support students’ access to academic support by providing scholarships for students to attend the Boys and Girls Clubs in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and of the Three Affiliated Tribes in North Dakota. We’re also expanding opportunities for students to take advanced coursework and prepare for success in higher education by supporting the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Virtual Regional Center.

These are just some of the ways we’re partnering to build stronger communities. Explore more about our education investments and partnerships below.

Go Deeper.
Learn more about our social investments.


2020 Impact

Each year, we ask our partners to report on the impact of our investments. Below are a few highlights from our education partnerships in 2020.
Books Distributed to Economically Disadvantaged Students
Students Directly Impacted by Marathon Oil Programs
Students Received Energy Education
Working Together

Our Community Partners

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

Our investment supports various literacy programs that serve approximately 50,000 children and adults across the Houston area each school year.

Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad

We support scholarships for students so they have the opportunity to attend after school programing at the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad at low or no cost.

Boys and Girls Club of the Three Affiliated Tribes (New Town)

We support scholarships for students so they have the opportunity to attend after school programing at the Boys & Girls Club of the Three Affiliated Tribes at low or no cost.

Communities In Schools Houston

Through our partnership, we’ve “Adopted a School,” by providing Communities in Schools’ six core services – guidance and counseling, academic support, health and human services, college and career readiness, family engagement, and enrichment activities – to a local Houston-area school.

Houston Area Urban League

As part of our focus on literacy, we support HAUL’s Literacy Education Program, which offers a comprehensive literacy solution to children and youth from conception through high school that includes authentic literature and nonfiction, research-based print and digital instruction, and programs that build the capacity of families and engage communities. We also support HAUL’s Social Justice and Education Center, which offers experiences that build awareness, develop leaders and accelerate change among individuals and teams in the social justice space.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Our support provides scholarships to students attending Texas public universities.

IPAA Educational Foundation

We support the Exploring Energy Program for high school students and teachers, which provides energy education curriculum to students across the U.S.

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

Our support provides opportunities for K-12 students to participate in JA’s Workforce Readiness programs, designed to enhance the relevance of their classroom learning and increase their perceived value of staying in school.

NAACP Houston Branch

The Career Readiness/Skill Readiness program offers tools, resources and information that focus on career literacy, empowering individuals to improve their employment skills and find employment. It also provides one-on-one coaching/mentoring with each participant about career interests, priorities and how to best navigate job openings, as well as how to network with professionals in order to increase the likelihood of success.


Our support provides scholarships to African American students to ensure the future of HBCUs and to prepare these students for fulfilling careers.

Houston Museum of Natural Science

We support HMNS youth education programming, which is vital to the success of the next generation of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. HMNS Youth Education programming features diverse disciplines such as malacology, anthropology, astronomy, chemistry, physics, geology, paleontology and energy education.

Oilfield Energy Center

We support the Center’s Education Outreach Program, which strives to enhance the science and technology curriculum for children from kindergarten to 12th grades.

Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics

We support OSSM’s Virtual Regional Center Program, which provides Oklahoma high school students from rural areas with access to rigorous math and science courses throughout their high school years that would not otherwise be available to them.