In 2011, the Hess Corporation donated $25 million to North Dakota for a program dubbed “Succeed 2020.”
"It's a statewide program, aimed at helping North Dakota students be ready for college and careers," said Louise Dardis, the manager of the Succeed 2020 program.
Dardis said says the goals of the five-year program were very ambitious.
"A successful transition from school to college and careers for all North Dakota students," Dardis told Bismarck reporters. "And I stress -- all North Dakota students."