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Investing in Education


Unconventional Thinking in Teaching

Supporting unconventional thinkers.

At Marathon Oil, unconventional thinking means constantly looking for new ways to solve problems and deliver results. As part of our investment in building stronger communities through education, we want to support teachers who are bringing this same unconventional thinking to the classroom.

That’s why we’ve created a grant program to recognize and reward outstanding and innovative educators across the country.

We invite teachers to apply or be nominated by members of their community to receive a grant to support the purchase of classroom resources, such as books, activity/lab materials and technology, or personal professional development.

Our hope is that, through this program, we’ll increase teacher retention by demonstrating support for the people who are responsible for developing our next generation of leaders, or unconventional thinkers. We also hope to encourage collaboration, by asking the winning teachers to share their innovative ideas with all the teachers who apply.

Applications will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of “Unconventional Thinking”
  • Alignment with Marathon Oil’s Values to:
    • Collaborate
    • Take Ownership
    • Be Bold
    • Deliver Results
  • Commitment to ensuring inclusive and equitable education for all students

Teachers in New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas are eligible to apply, with priority consideration given to teachers in Marathon Oil’s operating areas. Grants will be made payable to the winner’s school or school district, but will be designated for use by the winner and must adhere to any applicable school or district budget guidelines.

2021 Applications are Now Closed.
Check back in early 2022 for information on next year’s program.

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We will announce the winners in October 2021.

For any other questions about the program, please email

Helpful Information for Your Application

Helpful Information for Your Application

Review the Program Guidelines to understand the rules of the program and learn more about the judging criteria.

We’ve also created a sample application for your reference, but be sure to apply using the link above when you’re ready.