Student Engagement Network

We Are Leaders program participants gather at Valero Headquarters








Valero’s Student Engagement Network is designed to serve and assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing access to educational tours, scholarship awards and summer internships to low-income middle and high school students and minority college students.

The program’s intent is to invest in our future workforce through:

  • Internships: Valero’s “We Are Leaders” program was created to give high school students from inner-city and economically disadvantaged school districts an opportunity to experience the corporate work environment or a refinery setting while gaining a marketable skill and earning a salary to assist students prepare for the future ahead, whether in a career or in higher education.
  • Education: Valero hosts students from low socioeconomic school districts for onsite visits at various locations to learn about the energy industry, Valero’s positions on key initiatives, and our culture.
  • Scholarships: Valero is a strong advocate for education and contributes annually to programs, agencies or organizations that share the same focus. The company, through the Valero Energy Foundation, funds a number of scholarships nationwide, including an $8.4 million, 5-year scholarship to San Antonio Independent School District for its “Pipeline for College Success” program. The program provides college advisors to students throughout their college years to ensure success and important guidance.


High school students part of the YESS program hold college pennants and celebrate their college goals

Valero Minority
Engineering Summit

Valero mobilizes its college recruiting teams to search for the best and brightest talent even at the college freshman level.

Through a MINORITY ENGINEERING SUMMIT hosted at Valero Headquarters in the spring, high-performing minority freshmen are selected to attend an exclusive four-day immersion into engineering at Valero. They learn from our experts, interact with leadership and study refinery operations up close as a foundation for a possible long-term internship in their junior or senior years.

Minority Engineering Summit candidate at a laptop with logos over her shoulder