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CITGO Innovation High School Scholarship Program
Application status: Closed

CITGO Petroleum Corporation has established a scholarship program to assist students from select high schools who plan to continue their education in college and are pursuing a STEM major.

The 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. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor, and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.

Applicants to the CITGO Innovation High School Scholarship Program must:

  • Be current seniors from the following high schools:
    • Alief Early College High School, Alief ISD (Texas)
    • Foy H. Moody High School, Corpus Christi ISD (Texas)
    • Lemont High School, Lemont High School District 210 (Illinois)
    • Sulphur High School, Calcasieu Parish School Board (Louisiana)
    • West Oso High School, West Oso ISD, (Texas)
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Be willing to consider a career in the energy industry
  • Plan to enroll at an accredited two or four-year college or university for the entire upcoming academic year, with a declared STEM major in one of the following fields of study:
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science/IT/MIS
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Accounting/Finance
    • Process Technology
    • Industrial Instrumentation
    • Chemistry
    • Environmental Studies
    • Occupational Safety and Health

Children or dependents of CITGO employees or retirees are not eligible.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or participation in school, volunteer, and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • A statement of financial need and/or unusual personal or family circumstances (if applicable)
  • An online recommendation

If qualified applications are received, five (5) recipients will be selected from each eligible high school.

Recipients will be invited to attend an event and tour at a CITGO Petroleum Corporation office or facility in Corpus Christi, Texas; Houston, Texas; Lake Charles, Louisiana; or Lemont, Illinois (date to be determined by CITGO Petroleum Corporation). While attendance will be optional, it’s strongly encouraged.

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.


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,000 award. Up to 25 awards will be granted.

Awards are one-time only.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.


All applicants will be notified in May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.

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 the following:

  • 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.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 8, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

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

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