Thirteen million dollars is a lot of money. That is the estimated scholarship funds that Buick will have awarded to college students by the end of 2012. Last spring and throughout the summer, organizations, clubs, and businesses have announced and awarded various scholarships to deserving students throughout the United States. The first week in August, Buick announced their ‘Buick Achievers Awards Scholarships’ in coordination with the General Motors Foundation.
The Buick Achievers Awards is now in its second year and is already one of the largest scholarship programs in the country. It is designed to reward students who participate and excel in both the classroom and their communities. Emphasis is placed on those students who might otherwise lack the financial resources needed to attend college.
A special feature and distinguishing character of the Buick Achievers Awards is that the scholarship is renewable and not limited to just the single year. One hundred students receive up to a $25,000 renewable award. One thousand students receive a $2000 one-time amount.
Another special characteristic of the Buick Achievers program is that it is not limited to entering freshmen only, but other undergraduates may also apply. It is estimated that nearly fifty percent of college students drop out of school before completing their degree. This is mostly due to financial considerations, although many come back and finish later. This unique approach by this program is intended to help those students come back to school and ‘cross the finish line.’
“More than half of our scholarship recipients are the first in their families to attend college,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. “It is gratifying to know that, through the Buick Achievers Scholarship program, we are able to help make their dreams of earning a college degree a reality, while putting them on the road to rewarding careers.”
In the South Central Region of Buick and General Motors, the distribution of 2012 Scholarships were:
Arkansas – $40,000, Achiever – 10 ($20,000), National – 1 ($20,000)
Kansas – $30,000, Achiever – 15 ($30,000)
Louisiana – $43,000, Achiever – 9 ($18,000), National – 1 ($25,000)
Mississippi – $47,000, Achiever – 7 ($14,000), National – 2 ($33,000)
Missouri – $117,000, Achiever – 21 ($42,000), National – 3 ($75,000)
Nebraska – $51,000, Achiever – 13 ($26,000), National – 1 ($25,000)
Oklahoma – $78,000, Achiever – 14 ($28,000), National – 2 ($50,000)
Texas – $303,000, Achiever – 73 ($146,000), National – 7 ($157,000)
Some of the students receiving the $25,000 renewable scholarships:
Kayla Henderson is from Benton, Arkansas and is a student at the University of Arkansas where she is studying accounting.
Jeronda Scott is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is a student at Scotlandville Magnet High School. She plans to attend Clark University where she’ll study environmental engineering.
Alison Cuevas is from Long Beach, Mississippi and is a student at Mississippi State University where she is studying Chemical Engineering.
Stephanie Cunningham is from Crystal Springs, Mississippi and is a student at Copiah Academy. Stephanie plans to attend Mississippi State University where she’ll study industrial engineering. She hopes to design automotive products.
Kayla O’Neal is from St. Louis, Missouri and is a student at McCluer Senior High School. Kayla plans to attend Xavier University of Louisiana where she’ll study chemical engineering.
Tyra Pearson is from St. Louis, Missouri and is a student at Confluence Preparatory Academy. Tyra plans to attend Robert Morris University-Illinois where she’ll study graphic design.
Melissa Rey is from Chesterfield, Missouri and is a student at John F. Kennedy High School. Melissa plans to attend Pomona College in Claremont, California as part of its 3-2 Engineering program with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
Alexandra Hippen is from Omaha, Nebraska and is a student at Millard North High School. Alexandra plans to attend the University of Notre Dame where she’ll study chemical engineering.
Samantha Fox is from Holdenville, Oklahoma and is a student at Holdenville High School. Samantha plans to attend Oklahoma State University where she will pursue a double major in electrical and computer engineering.
Aric Gillispie is from Duncan, Oklahoma and is a student at Duncan High School. He plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma to obtain a Mechanical Engineering Degree and an Engineering Physics Degree with an emphasis in Mechanical Systems.
Ashley Abril is from Houston, Texas and is a student at Westside High School. She plans to attend Texas A&M University where she’ll study Mechanical Engineering with hopes of one day designing cars.
Emily Almaguer is from Lubbock, Texas and is a student at Texas Tech University where she is double majoring in marketing and management with plans to obtain her MBA.
Alexander Bryant is from Abilene, Texas and is a student at Cisco College. In the fall, he plans to transfer to Angelo State University where he’ll pursue a degree in Graphic Design.
Mariah Green is from San Antonio, Texas and is a student at Wagner High School. Mariah plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin where she’ll study Accounting with the goal of obtaining her Master’s degree in Professional Accounting.
Thomas Jones is from Orange, Texas and is a student at Freed-Hardeman University where he plans to pursue a degree in Electrical or Automotive Engineering.
Nguyen Tran is from Houston, Texas and is a student at Andy Dekaney High School. Nguyen plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin where he’ll pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
Haley Turpin is from Graham, Texas and is a student at Graham High School. Haley plans to attend Texas A&M University where she’ll pursue a degree in computer engineering.