35th annual nationally televised show spotlights importance of education
DETROIT – Buick Achievers Scholarship recipient and Spelman College senior Nartezya Dykes will be honored during the United Negro College Fund 35th annual An Evening of Stars broadcast on April 13, celebrating student excellence and rising graduation rates among minorities.
The “Evening of Stars” broadcast aims to inspire other students to graduate from college. As longstanding supporters of UNCF, General Motors and the General Motors Foundation have donated more than $15 million to the organization over the last two decades to make college more accessible, affordable and attainable for minorities and other outstanding students.
Part of the support for the UNCF comes through the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, which is funded by the GM Foundation. As one of the largest scholarship programs in the country, Buick Achievers focuses on awarding scholarships to female, minority and other students who excel in the classroom and give back to their communities. The Foundation works with UNCF to help administer the program for students that attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
In addition to Dykes, two other Buick Achievers – Oneisha Hall from Tuskegee University and Ty’Quish Keyes from Morehouse College – attended the taping of the An Evening of Stars broadcast, as well as the UNCF Empower Me Tour recently held at Morehouse.
“For 70 years, UNCF has been changing the face of education to help African-American high school students go to college,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “More than ever, students need a college degree to compete and succeed, and by providing access to significant scholarships, we’re investing in tomorrow’s leaders.”
Since its inception in 2011, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program has awarded nearly $16.5 million to about 3,300 students. Among these students, nearly one-third are African American or Hispanic and, like Dykes, more than 1,600 recipients are the first in their family to attend college.
“This scholarship has opened so many doors for me and my family,” said Dykes, who is pursuing a degree in computer science at Spelman. “It has allowed me to focus solely on receiving the best education possible. I’m setting the standard and inspiring others in my family to reach their full potential by pursuing a higher education.”
To be eligible for the program, high school seniors and undergraduate students must be pursuing a college degree in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) curricula, or other fields related to the automotive industry.
The 35th annual UNCF An Evening of Stars premieres on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at 10 p.m. EDT on BET Networks.
Click here for more information about the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, including registering for an e-mail notification for the next application period.
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities.