The Buick Achievers Scholarship<http://www.buickachievers.com/> Program, funded by the General Motors Foundation<http://www.gm.com/gmfoundation>, today announced scholarships totaling approximately $4.2 million to 1,100 recipients pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM, information technology and other fields important to the automotive industry.
Among those winners was Tuskegee University student Tatiana Mack.
According to U.S. News & World Report, STEM jobs are
projected to grow by 17 percent by 2018. With the future of manufacturing and
many other industries driven by new technologies, the Buick Achievers
Scholarship Program strives to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers
applicable to the automotive industry.
"Being selected as a national Buick Achievers Scholarship
recipient will provide me with significant resources critical to earning a
mechanical engineering degree," said Victoria Lee, 2013 Buick Achievers
recipient and student at Brown University. "I encourage any student interested
in studying STEM-related fields to consider applying for this program."
Buick Achievers is one of the largest scholarship
programs in the country and places a strong focus on recognizing women,
minorities and students known for excelling in the classroom and giving back to
their communities. Special consideration is intended to assist students who are
first-generation college students, military veterans and military dependents.
Among the 1,100 students<http://www.buickachievers.com/>
being recognized this year, more than 521 recipients are the first in their
families to pursue a secondary education, 45 have served in the United States
Armed Forces, and 48 come from military families. Additionally, 819 are
pursuing STEM-related majors, with degree programs including 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."
With the addition of this year's scholarships, Buick
Achievers has awarded nearly $16.5 million to approximately 3,300 students
since the program's 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.
For more information about the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, to view the complete list of 2013 recipients, or to register for an e-mail notification when the next application window opens, please visit www.buickachievers.com<http://www.buickachievers.com>.
INFORMATION SOURCE: GM Foundation