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    Tri-State Petroleum Awards $24,000 to 32 Schools

    Education excellence pays through the ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program.

    WHEELING, W. Va. -- Thirty-two schools across West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania will get a boost in their coffers thanks to Tri-State Petroleum Corp. Through its participation in the 2010 Educational Alliance Program sponsored by ExxonMobil Corp., the locally based company will award $24,000 in grant money to the area schools, with each getting $750.

    "For more than a decade, Tri-State Petroleum has been passionate about supporting education in our local communities," said Colleen C. McGlinn, chief executive officer. "We are very proud of our involvement with the ExxonMobil Education Alliance Program, and are pleased to offer grants to several area schools as we help promote the importance of education excellence."

    Four schools in Ohio received the funds, 12 in the Wheeling area of West Virginia and 15 in the Greater Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania. As part of the program, Tri-State Petroleum identifies schools in the local communities, encourages them to apply for the grants and works with the schools to navigate the application process. It has participated in the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program over the past 11 years, awarding more than $152,000 to area schools.

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