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CITGO Innovation Scholars Program
Application status: Closed

CITGO Petroleum Corporation has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to continue their education in college.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Applicants to the CITGO Innovation Scholars Program must:

  1. Be a high school senior graduating in 2020 from a from a high school in one of the following districts:
    • Alief ISD (Texas)
    • Calcasieu Parish School Board (Louisiana)
    • Corpus Christi ISD (Texas)
    • Houston ISD (Texas)
    • Lemont High School District 210 (Illinois)
    • Lockport Township High School District 205 (Illinois)
    • Romeoville High School (Illinois)
    • Spring Branch ISD (Texas)
    • West Oso ISD (Texas)
  2. Be planning to enroll in full-time study at one of the following 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities for the entire 2020-21 academic year.
    • Baylor University (Waco, TX)
    • Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
    • Houston Community College (Greater Katy, Houston, Missouri City, and Stafford campuses in Texas)
    • Joliet Junior College (Joliet, IL)
    • Lamar University (Beaumont, TX)
    • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
    • Louisiana Tech University (Ruston, LA)
    • McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA)
    • Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX)
    • Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)
    • SOWELA (Lake Charles, LA)
    • Texas A&M University (College Station, Corpus Christi, and Kingsville campuses in Texas)
    • Texas Southern University (Houston, TX)
    • University of Houston (Houston, TX)
    • University of Houston Downtown (Houston, TX)
    • University of Illinois (Chicago, Springfield, and Urbana–Champaign campuses in Illinois)
    • University of Louisiana – Lafayette (Lafayette, LA)
    • University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
    • University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)
  3. Be majoring in one of the following areas of study:
    • Accounting and Finance
    • Chemical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Instrumentation
    • Management Information Systems (MIS)
    • Process Technology
    • Supply Chain Management
  4. Considering a career in the energy industry.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,000 award.  Up to twenty (20) awards will be granted.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study, in an eligible field of study, enrollment at an eligible school and continuation of the program by CITGO Petroleum Corporation.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, an essay, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an online recommendation. Financial need is not considered.

First-generation college students will be prioritized in the selection of recipients.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of CITGO Petroleum Corporation play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


All applicants will be notified in late July. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of CITGO Petroleum Corporation. Payments are made in one installment early August.

As part of your application, you must upload a current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

Also as part of your application, one online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf.

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation has partnered with Scholarship America. Selecting the button below will redirect you the Scholarship America Student Hub!