In 2021, the ExxonMobil Business Case Competition was added to Honors Symposium. This competition is intended to provide ELC Scholars with an opportunity to explore the workforce diversity gap in the United States. More specifically, the underrepresentation of African Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors.
Scholars are divided into teams and tasked with developing strategies and solutions for helping American corporations build and sustain a diverse pool of STEM talent.
A panel of corporate, non-profit, academic, and policy leaders serve as judges and award the students for their team submissions. The highlight of the ExxonMobil Business Case Competition is networking with corporate professionals, collaborating with Scholar peers and competing for a cash prize. This annual competition awards more than $50,000 in prize money.