Education

Ashland's support of education has been a continuing focus throughout our 90-year history. We support accredited, post-secondary establishments, as well as education-related activities – including childhood, adult mentoring, and literacy programs. Due to the nature of our manufacturing processes and continually evolving technology, we place an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives and programs.

Here are some projects, programs and partnerships we support:

The Kentucky Teacher Achievement Awards Program

Kentucky Teacher Achievement Awards Program
Begun in 1988 as Ashland’s Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA) Program, we eventually partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education to combine the best elements of our TAA and the state’s Teacher of the Year (TOY) programs. Since that time, Ashland has awarded approximately $736,000 to nearly 500 kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers throughout the state. (Click here to view the most recent winners.)


Delaware Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Educator Awards

In 2014, Ashland partnered with the Delaware STEM Council to launch the Delaware STEM Educator Awards Program. This program recognizes a teacher or team of teachers at the elementary and secondary school levels who demonstrate innovation and excellence in STEM-related teaching, academic collaboration and student engagement. The two top recipients received cash awards and were recognized at a special STEM ceremony attended by the governor.


Students 2 Science, Inc.

We support Students 2 Science, a non-profit, New Jersey-based corporation, in its mission to “inspire, motivate and educate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” Students 2 Science operates a modern, analytical chemistry laboratory for the sole purpose of giving students “real life” work experience. Middle- and high-school students visit the lab and perform hands-on experiments that align with state and federal core curriculum standards. Ashland recently provided a grant for use in expanding the organization’s V-Lab, a videoconferencing program that enables fourth- through 12th-grade students to perform science experiments in their own classrooms.


 

 

 

 

 

Cincinnati Museum Center

Cincinnati Museum Center Partnership
Since 2008, Ashland has partnered with the Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) on various STEM education initiatives. We made a donation to the CMC that helped launch a Girls In Real Life (GIRLS) Program aimed at sparking/nurturing an interest in STEM-related activities for girls between the ages of 8 and 14. Each activity is required to be: relevant to the real world, enabling participants to connect it to STEM-related jobs and careers; interactive and enjoyable for different age groups and learning styles; and able to meet curriculum science standards.


YUVA Unstoppable

In some instances, education and health and human services initiatives go hand-in-hand; it’s difficult to learn in deplorable surroundings. Such was the case with YUVA Unstoppable, an India-based organization founded in 2005. YUVA contacted us with a request for support of a school located halfway between our Gurgaon and Hyderabad, India, facilities. The 400 students, along with teachers and staff, had only subpar drinking water, and the restrooms were badly in need of repair. The funding we provided was not only used to purchase a proper water tank and repair the restrooms, but also to establish a dish-washing area and install a sound system. According to YUVA, attendance and health of the students have improved as a result.


COSI on Wheels: It's Simply Chemistry

Ashland is proud of its continuing support of the Columbus, Ohio-based Center of Science and Industry “traveling show,” better known as COSI on Wheels: It’s Simply Chemistry. COSI takes the program into Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia schools, giving up to 500 students at a time the opportunity to take part in fun, hands-on science activities.


Kentucky Science Center

A donation to the Louisville-based Kentucky Science Center enabled us to support two of the center’s signature programs – the Northern Kentucky Youth Science Summit and Science With A Twist. The summit engages teens in science in a way that is meaningful and makes a lasting impact. Science With A Twist is the center’s largest fundraiser, with proceeds going toward encouraging people of all ages to “do” science in engaging, educational and entertaining ways to inspire a lifetime of learning.


Khushi Family Clinic

Khushi family clinic
Valvoline India opened the Valvoline Khushi Family Clinic in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh India, to provide services to truck drivers, mechanics and thier families at subsidized prices, and gives back to the community that uses Valvoline. The clinic has a team of two doctors, two counselors and five outreach workers, who not only help the families of the drivers and mechanics, but also manage various satellite clinics to create awareness and conduct health checkup camps.


Miszewo Open House

As part of our commitment to safety and the environment, our manufacturing facility in Miszewo, Poland, hosted an open house for students and their teacher from a local primary school. The children eagerly toured the plant, and observed various manufacturing processes. They also tried on various safety equipment and learned about work place safety. After the safety training session, they also learned about ways the plant protects the environment and how they help local neighbors.


Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala

For the past six years, Valvoline and Lubricantes Internacionales de Guatemala, Central America, have supported Habitat for Humanity’s development project, Humanity Guatemala. Needed funds are raised through their support of the golf tournament “Open para la Humanidad,” which means "open for humanity." Beyond the home itself, Habitat also helps their future homeowners through a training program that covers topics such as financial education, construction, healthy cooking and hygiene. The program is supported by national and international volunteers.