Earlier this week, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program announced roughly $4.2 million in scholarship funds to 1,100 recipients pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as information technology and other fields important to the automotive industry.
Funded by the General Motors Foundation, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is one of the largest in the United States and places “a strong focus on recognizing women, minorities, and students known for excelling in the classroom and giving back to their communities”, while giving “special consideration” to help those who are first-generation college students, military veterans, and military dependents, according to General Motors.
“Being selected as a national Buick Achievers Scholarship recipient will provide me with significant resources critical to earning a mechanical engineering degree,” said 2013 Buick Achievers recipient and student at Brown University Victoria Lee. “I encourage any student interested in studying STEM-related fields to consider applying for this program.”
Those seeking an education and subsequent jobs in STEM are of particular interest to The General, as they are essential to the creation of vehicles and to the future of manufacturing driven by new technologies. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program strives to inspire students to pursue STEM careers applicable to the automotive industry, and according to data from the U.S. News & World Report, STEM jobs are projected to grow by 17% by 2018.
Some insights about the 1,100 students being recognized this year include:
- Over 521 are first in their families to pursue a secondary education
- 45 have served in the United States Armed Forces
- 48 come from military families
- 819 are pursuing STEM-related majors with degree programs such as mechanical engineering topping the list
“Through the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, the GM Foundation is able to make a significant investment in the next generation of our country’s leaders and innovators,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “We have witnessed firsthand how this scholarship is changing lives by making education more accessible and affordable.”
Including this year’s scholarships, the Buick Achievers program has awarded nearly $16.5 million to about 3,300 students since its inception in 2011. The program provides 100 students with up to $25,000 renewable for four years, and one additional year for those entering a qualified, five-year engineering program. Additionally, 1,000 students receive up to $2,000 for academic expenses.
“The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, with the GM Foundation, is modeling the way with multi-year renewable awards that not only help students get to school, they also help them get through school,” said Greg Dehn, general manager and senior vice president, Scholarship America.
General Motors and the GM Foundation have a long history of investing in education initiatives. Since 2007, the GM Foundation has invested more than $42 million in educational programs and institutions to help nurture tomorrow’s innovators and leaders. In addition to Buick Achievers, the GM Foundation provides approximately $3 million to key institutions and professional organizations through its annual University Grants program to advance STEM curricula. In August, General Motors created a $300,000 renewable grant for Project Lead The way programs in Michigan to develop STEM Curriculum.
Users can register to receive a notification for the next application window as well as view the complete list of 2013 Buick Achievers recipients on the Buick Achievers website.