MMI receives ExxonMobil grant for science and technology departments


(Freeland, PA – January 9, 2017) – MMI Preparatory School received a $500 grant through the ExxonMobil Foundation that it will use toward its science and technology departments.

MMI was nominated for the grant ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grant by Liberty Petroleum Distributors of New Milford. The grant funds are specifically designated for math or science departments. MMI plans to use the grant money to fund a collaborative project between the Marine Biology and Robotics classes where students are working toward building Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs).

Michael Mele, MMI Science Department Chair said, “We are so appreciative of the support for this cross curriculum project and for the dedication of our alumni and the organizations they represent in helping MMI continue to provide a strong academic program in both science and technology.”

V.K. Singh, a 2004 MMI graduate and vice president of operations for Liberty Petroleum Distributors, visited MMI to present the grant money to the school. This marks the third consecutive year that MMI received this grant to add upgrades to its science and technology departments. “Liberty Petroleum Distributors is proud to partner with ExxonMobil to provide this grant to MMI’s science and technology department,” Singh said. “On behalf of everyone at Liberty Petroleum Distributors, we are honored to play a role in creating the scientists of tomorrow through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance grant program.”

According to its corporate website, the ExxonMobil Foundation focuses on math and science education because they are — and will increasingly be — the universal languages of the global workplace and are critical tools for success in today’s high-tech world. The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The foundation has a strategic focus supporting education with an emphasis on math and science in the United States, promoting women as catalysts for economic development and ending deaths from malaria.

Liberty Petroleum Distributors and its affiliates are now involved in the operations of more than 22 retail travel centers, gas stations, and quick-service restaurants. Today, Liberty Petroleum Distributors also provides travelers with comfortable and affordable hotel accommodations. On the petroleum end, the company provides retail and wholesale distribution of Exxon, Mobil, and Sunoco branded petroleum products to transportation companies, travel plazas, and gas stations. Its retail services include operating numerous convenience stores, as well as Subway, Burger King, and Tim Horton’s restaurants and tobacco stores throughout Pennsylvania.

Pictured during the check presentation are, from left: Kim McNulty, MMI Director of Advancement; VK Singh, Vice President of operations for Liberty Petroleum Distributors; D. Scott Wiggins, MMI Interim Head of School; Charles Seidel, MMI Assistant Head of School; and Michael Mele, MMI Science Instructor.


About MMI Preparatory School

For 137 years, MMI Preparatory School has been providing dedicated area students with a comprehensive and inspiring 6th through 12th grade college preparatory program that maximizes each individual’s academic, social and character potential in preparation for success in college and beyond. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS).  MMI is a school where every student can reach their full potential: academically, ethically and socially.  For more information about MMI Preparatory School, visit or call 570-636-1108.