Marathon Petroleum donates $200,000 to COM Process Technology Students

College of the Mainland’s Process Technology (PTECH) program has strengthened a burgeoning partnership with Marathon Petroleum through a generous $200,000 scholarship donation from the refining company.

The Marathon Petroleum PTECH Scholarship will support an estimated 110 full-time PTECH students for one year. The scholarship is targeted toward, but not limited to, underrepresented student populations including women and minority PTECH students. Priority will be given to applicants who attended the Texas City Independent School District Industrial Trades Center.

“Marathon Petroleum (MPC) is committed to empowering a diverse array of College of the Mainland students to take advantage of the tremendous employment opportunities within our industry and beyond,” said MPC Galveston Bay Refinery Vice President Kevin Bogard. “Today’s announcement, in addition to our support of Texas City ISD, is a great example of that commitment, and we are grateful for the partnership that exists between MPC and the community we call home.”

Marathon Petroleum is a leading, integrated, downstream energy company and operates the nation’s largest refining system. Located in the heart of Texas City, the company’s Galveston Bay refinery processes a wide variety of crude oils into gasoline, distillates, aromatics, heavy fuel oil, dry gas, fuel-grade coke, refinery-grade propylene, chemical-grade propylene and sulfur.

COM’s PTECH program, which is the first of its kind in the nation to offer an associate degree, provides innovative and dynamic learning opportunities for students through labs, hands-on classes and industry-grade operating equipment. The scholarship will support PTECH students to stay on track as they pursue their degree so that they can graduate on time, enter the workforce, and contribute to the economic sustainability of the surrounding community.

Current COM students can now apply for the scholarship online at

To learn more about the COM PTECH program, visit

COM Foundation Featured in Newman & Newman LinkedIn Article​

“Client Spotlight: Congratulations to College of the Mainland Foundation for the impressive results it’s achieved since the appointment of Dr. Lisa Watson as Executive Director in 2019. The Newman & Newman team is honored to have the communication strategies we developed contribute to the Foundation’s success.”

Consulado General de México en Houston

COM Foundation attended a signing ceremony, where María Elena Orantes from the Consulado General de México en Houston presented a gift of $9,000 towards IME Becas – Mexican Consulate Scholarship funds. 

Mainland Medical Center

Mainland Medical Center Auxiliary (MMCA) has made numerous generous donations to College of the Mainland (COM) for more than 25 years. MMCA reached a new milestone when they presented a check for $30,000 to COM during the College’s April Board of Trustees meeting.

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