Buick Achievers Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

Vivian Prickard is president of the General Motors Foundation, which funds the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, which helps deserving students earn up to $100,000 for college tuition, has begun accepting applications for the 2015 scholarship up until Friday, Feb. 27.
This marks the fifth year the Buick Achievers scholarships will be awarded to students who not only excel in the classroom but also give back to their communities. Buick Achievers, part of the General Motors Foundation, gives special consideration is given to students who are female, minorities, first-generation college students, military veterans and military dependents.
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program has specified qualifications to earn the tuition money: high school seniors or current undergraduate students must be seeking a college degree in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), or other eligible fields related to the automotive industry.
“Our country is in need of STEM grads, as the focus on innovation and technology continues to sharpen,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “Through the Buick Achievers Scholarship program, we are helping shape the next generation of leaders and innovators for the automotive industry and other sectors that are so important to the future of our country.”
For Buick Achiever Frisco Pullom, who is also Kettering University alumnus and current GM employee, this scholarship provided the freedom to focus on his education.
“My first semester after receiving scholarship funds, I was able to remove work and fundraising from my schedule, and I made the dean’s list for the first time in my academic career,” said Pullom. “After graduation, I was able to secure a position with General Motors as a value chain engineer.”
“It feels good to be able to contribute to a company that is committed to helping students prepare for their careers,” he added.
Since its inception in 2011, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program has awarded more than $27 million in scholarships to 3,400 students. This year, the program will award 50 scholarships of up to $25,000 per year, renewable for up to four years or five years for qualified engineering programs.
Students from the United States and Puerto Rico are eligible.
Log onto gm.com for more information.

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