The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is one of the largest in the country. Since its inception in 2011, the program has provided over $28 million to nearly 3,400 students desiring to study STEM fields, as well as those related to the auto industry. Many of the recipients are the first in their families to pursue a secondary education.
“Our Buick Achievers are evolving the face of STEM in that half are the first in their family to attend college, more than half are female and minorities make up the majority,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “These milestones are a positive indication that we’re making great strides to pave the way for our industry’s future leaders and innovators.”
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program supports students interested in pursuing careers in the automotive and related industry and who will be studying science, technology, engineering, math, design and select business fields. This comes at a time when STEM occupations are projected to grow faster than all other fields, and yet just 16 percent of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
As one of the largest scholarship programs in the country, the Buick Achievers Scholarship is distinguished by its renewable aspect - 100 nationwide students receive up to $25,000 a year, renewable for up to four years and one additional year for qualified five-year engineering programs.
“It’s imperative that young women who wish to pursue STEM-related careers are given every opportunity to make their dreams happen,” said Greg Dehn, general manager and senior vice president, Scholarship America. “By awarding more than half of their scholarships to female students, the GM Foundation encourages women to pursue a career in a traditionally male-dominated field.”
“Buick Achievers’ multi-year, renewable awards will not only make postsecondary education possible for these deserving students, they will also propel them through to graduation and a promising career in STEM.”
For more information on the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, to view the complete list of 2014 recipients, or to register for an e-mail notification when the next application window opens, visit www.buickachievers.com