Sulphur, La. – July 02, 2013 – CITGO Petroleum Corporation recently awarded scholarships to six high school graduates who are dependent children of company employees or retirees, including two children of Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex employees. The two local students were honored at the CITGO Scholarship Banquet, Thursday, May 16, at the Pioneer Club in Lake Charles, La.

Since 1987, CITGO has been active in helping qualified dependent children of its employees and retirees reach their collegiate goals, through offering college and university scholarships. Since then, CITGO has awarded more than 270 scholarships, totaling more than $2.5 million. The two local students selected as 2013 CITGO scholarship recipients were Scott B. Miller of Iowa, La., son of Steven Miller; and Sarah T. Pantely of Vidor, Texas, daughter of Christopher Pantely.

CITGO continues to uphold education as one of its core values. CITGO Lake Charles Refinery Vice President and General Manager Tomeu Vadell said CITGO scholarship winners set the bar for educational excellence.

“It is my pleasure and privilege to award CITGO scholarships to these very deserving students,” Vadell said. “They are setting the standard for what we work towards - educating the next generation of true leaders while supporting them to pursue their dreams.”

The CITGO scholarships are one more example of how CITGO supports education both locally and at the national level. CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex is very active in supporting education at all levels in Calcasieu Parish. CITGO has participated in the Calcasieu Parish school system “Partners in Education” program since 1988. The company now serves as a partner for four Calcasieu Parish public schools: Sulphur High School, Sulphur 9th Grade Campus, E.K. Key Elementary School and Calcasieu Parish Alternative Site.