Exxon Mobil Corp. announced Friday that $2 million has been contributed in departmental grants to 85 colleges and universities throughout the country to support academic programs. Through this program, Lamar University will receive $16,000 from ExxonMobil.

The grant allows selected academic departments to allocate the money for various educational purposes including scholarships, field trips, visiting speakers, equipment purchases, student and faculty travel to academic-related activities, and other educational projects. ExxonMobil awards the grants based on schools that offer degrees in subjects from which it recruits employees.

“Supporting higher education has always been a strong priority for ExxonMobil,” said Truman Bell, senior program officer for education and diversity for ExxonMobil. “This program enables us to provide funding to colleges and universities that play a pivotal role in preparing students to enter the workforce. ExxonMobil is proud to provide support to Lamar University which will help to enhance departments whose academic focus aligns with the workforce needs of ExxonMobil.”

The amount of the grant is based on several factors including the number of employees graduated from the specific university.

The Departmental Grants Program represents only a portion of ExxonMobil’s overall support of education. In 2009, ExxonMobil Foundation, Exxon Mobil Corp., and its divisions and affiliates provided $98 million in contributions to educational initiatives worldwide.