SULPHUR, La., Oct. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The CITGO Lake Charles Refinery continues a 31-year tradition by awarding scholarships to deserving high school graduates who are children of CITGO employees.

L to R: CITGO General Manager Operations and Maintenance, Marshall Watkins Richard Robicheaux, Scholarship Recipient; Noah LeJeune, Scholarship Recipient; Shekinah Jordan, Scholarship Recipient; CITGO Vice President and General Manager, Jerry Dunn at the CITGO Scholarship Banquet.

This year, four 2018 high school graduates were selected through an application process based on CITGO scholastic criteria. Scholarship recipients include: Timothy Curol of St. Louis Catholic High School, son of B-Reformer Operator Bryan Curol; Shekinah Jordan of Westlake High School, daughter of Powerhouse Operator Edward Jordan; Noah LeJeune of St. Louis Catholic High School, son of A/B-Topper Console Operator James "Tim" LeJeune and Richard Robicheaux of Jennings High School, son of Maintenance Machinist Cedric Robicheaux.

Jerry Dunn, CITGO Vice President and General Manager Lake Charles Refinery said these students have gone above and beyond what is required to be successful in their high school careers. "From participating in extracurricular activities, to maintaining spectacular grade point averages, CITGO is proud to help fuel these bright students' higher education."

The CITGO scholarships are another way CITGO supports local education at all levels. Since 1988, CITGO has participated in the Calcasieu Parish School Board's Partners in Education program with four schools including Sulphur High School, Sulphur High 9th Grade Campus, E.K. Key Elementary School and the Calcasieu Parish Alternative Site. CITGO is also a strong supporter of McNeese State University and SOWELA Technical Community College.


Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO Petroleum Corporation is a recognized leader in the refining industry with a well-known brand. CITGO operates three refineries located in Corpus Christi, Texas; Lake Charles, La.; and Lemont, Ill., and wholly and/or jointly owns 48 terminals, nine pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants. With approximately 3,400 employees and a combined crude capacity of approximately 749,000 barrels-per-day (bpd), CITGO is ranked as the sixth-largest, and one of the most complex independent refiners in the United States. CITGO transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products and supplies a network of approximately 5,200 locally owned and operated branded retail outlets in 30 states and the District of Columbia. CITGO Petroleum Corporation is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of PetrĂ³leos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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