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It starts with good grades. But goes beyond.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program rewards students who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom – and who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. It’s a reward for what you’ve made of yourself and the difference you are making for others.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is offering:

• Up to $25,000 per year for 50 first-time freshmen or existing college students, renewable for up to four years and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program

Funded by the GM Foundation – which has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to deserving charities, educational organizations and disaster relief efforts worldwide since 1976 – the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program continues to be one of the nation’s most impactful scholarship programs.

Watch the video below to see how the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program has impacted past recipients.

Applicant Qualifications

Applicants must:

• Be high school seniors, high school graduates, or current postsecondary undergraduate students.

• Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the entire 2016-17 academic year. Proprietary and online schools are not eligible.

• Plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on Engineering, Technology, Design or other programs of study related to the automotive industry.  See the list of eligible majors.

• Demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries using these areas of study.

• Be U.S. citizens and have permanent residence in the United States or Puerto Rico.

Excluded from consideration are employees and relatives of employees of Scholarship Management Services, Scholarship America and their affiliates and subcontractors, and GM Foundation directors, officers and staff and their relatives. Although GM employees are not eligible, relatives of General Motors employees are eligible.

Award Criteria

Scholarship recipients are selected based on the following factors:

• Academic achievement and financial need

• Participation and leadership in community and school activities, work experience and interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries

• Please note, special consideration will be given to the following applicants: first-generation college attendees, females, minorities, military veterans and dependents of military personnel

The majority of the scholarships will be awarded to students majoring in STEM disciplines.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship Management Services. All scholarship recipients may be subject to a criminal background check. Recipients of a Buick Achievers Scholarship shall not commit any act that indicates dishonesty or moral turpitude or that otherwise could materially injure the GM Foundation, Buick or General Motors Company’s reputation. If such an act is committed by a Buick Achievers Scholarship Program recipient, the Buick Achievers Scholarship award shall immediately be revoked. In no instance will any director or officer of the GM Foundation or any employee of General Motors play a part in the selection. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Award Amounts

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is offering:

• Up to $25,000 per year to 50 first-time or existing college students, renewable for up to four years, and one additional year for those entering a qualified five-year engineering program

• The actual award amount will not exceed the total cost of the student’s tuition, fees, books, supplies, required equipment, room and board and other allowable expenses, less other gift aid known at the time of application (scholarships, grants and other awards that do not have to be paid back). Awards are renewable for the given years noted above or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), full-time enrollment and continuing to major in an eligible field of study.

Awards are for students of any age, for undergraduate study only.

Privacy Policy

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is proudly funded by the GM Foundation. Scholarship Management Services administers the scholarship on behalf of the GM Foundation. To learn more about how the GM Foundation uses the personal information you provide, go to buickachievers.scholarshipamerica.org/privacypolicy.php. To learn more about how Scholarship Management Services uses your personal information, go to http://scholarshipamerica.org/privacy.php.

STUDENTS. LEADERS. ACHIEVERS.

Since 2011, over 3,400 students from around the country have become Buick Achievers. These exceptional individuals have been awarded more than $28 million in total scholarship funds. Learn about five of this year’s scholarship recipients and their achievements as students, leaders and volunteers.

2016 PROGRAM Q&A: FIND THE ANSWERS YOU NEED TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP.

+ Q. How many scholarships are awarded and what is the value of the scholarship?

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program will award 50 Buick Achievers Scholarships of up to $25,000 renewable for up to four years, and one additional year for those entering a qualified five‐year engineering program.

+ Q. How do I apply to the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program?

Only online applications will be accepted. To access the application, click the Apply link. Carefully read the scholarship program guidelines and follow the complete list of application procedures.

The first step in the application process is to register as an applicant. Once you register you must activate your account by opening the automated email sent to you and click its activation link. You may then log in and complete the application. All applications must be submitted electronically between January 4, 2016 and February 29, 2016.

+ Q. When can I apply for the scholarship?

The application opens on January 4, 2016 and closes at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, February 29, 2016.

+ Q. Who is eligible for the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program?

Applicants must:
• Be high school seniors or graduates, or be current undergraduate students
• Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the entire 2016-17 academic year (excluding proprietary and online schools)
• Plan to major in a specified course of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design or other programs of study related to the automotive industry. See the list of eligible majors
• Be U.S. citizens and have permanent residence in the United States or Puerto Rico

+ Q. What does the scholarship pay for?

The scholarship can be used towards the total cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, required equipment, room and board and other allowable expenses.

+ Q. Can the scholarship be used at any college?

The scholarship can be used at any four-year accredited college or university in the United States or Puerto Rico (excluding proprietary and online schools).

+ Q. Are the scholarships provided by the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program renewable?

The awards are renewable for the number of years specified or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, full-time enrollment and continuing to major in an eligible field of study.

+ Q. What are the eligible majors?

The scholarships must be used for one of the following eligible majors:
• Automotive Design
• Automotive Technology
• Chemical Engineering
• Computer Engineering
• Computer Science
• Controls Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Energy Engineering
• Engineering Technology
• Environmental Engineering
• Fine Arts Design – Sculpting
• Graphic Design
• Industrial Engineering
• Information Technology
• Manufacturing Engineering
• Materials Engineering
• Mechanical Engineering
• Mechatronics
• Plastic/Polymers Engineering
• Product Design
• Software Engineering
• Systems Engineering
• Transportation Design

+ Q. What if I am declared a provisional recipient and the documentation I send does not match what I stated on my application?

If your documentation does not support what you submit on your application, you will not receive a Buick Achievers Scholarship; an alternate will be selected to receive the award.

+ Q. If I am selected as a recipient and I change my major, what happens?

You will be allowed to keep your scholarship if you change to another eligible major. If you change to a major that is not listed as an approved major, your scholarship will be forfeited.

+ Q. Can I submit a paper application?

No. All applications must be submitted electronically via the official online application website by 8:00 a.m. EST, February 29, 2016. A paper copy of the online application will not be accepted.

+ Q. I didn’t receive the activation email when I registered. What should I do?

Check that you entered your email address correctly. The email was sent from buickachievers@scholarshipamerica.org. If you did not add buickachievers@scholarshipamerica.org to your Contact or Address Book, it may have been filtered into “junk mail.” Find the email and click the link to activate your account.

+ Q. Where do I send my transcript?

DO NOT send a transcript or any other documentation at this time. Provisional recipients will be notified and will be required to submit additional information.

+ Q. Can I get a copy of my application?

Scholarship Management Services is not able to provide copies of applications. Scholarship Management Services recommends you print a hard copy of your application from the Review Application page for your records. After you submit the online application, no changes can be made. You will no longer have access to your application account.

+ Q. I meant to save my application but I submitted it instead. How can I access my application to make changes?

After your application is submitted, no changes can be made. Your only option is to submit an entirely new application. To do so, you will need to create a new registration account using a different email address.

+ Q. How are recipients selected?

Scholarship Management Services has sole responsibility for selecting recipients based on students’ academic achievement, financial need, participation and leadership in community and school activities, work experience, demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in the automotive or related industries and other criteria, such as, being a first-generation college student, female, minority, military veteran or a dependent of military personnel.

+ Q. How will I know if I’ve been selected to receive a scholarship?

All applicants will be notified of their status by late April 2016. Provisional award recipients will be sent notification requesting additional information be mailed to Scholarship Management Services to validate self-declared application information. These provisional recipients must respond completely by the given deadline for further scholarship consideration. Non-recipients will receive notification via email.

+ Q. If I’m a recipient, how do I receive my scholarship?

Scholarship Management Services processes the Buick Achievers Scholarships in two checks on August 15 and December 30. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and made payable to the school.

+ Q. Who provided the funds for the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program?

The funds for the scholarship come from the GM Foundation, not the General Motors Company. The GM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that is separate from GM.

+ Q. Who can I contact if I have further questions?

If you need additional help after reviewing these Frequently Asked Questions, you may contact Scholarship Management Services using the Help page. GM employees are unable to assist you.

PLEASE NOTE: Scholarship Management Services will respond to application inquiries received in their office by 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 29, 2016. Inquiries received after that date and time may NOT be read or responded to in time to meet the application submission deadline.

You may also email buickachievers@scholarshipamerica.org. Include your phone number and the best time to receive a phone call between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT (-6 GMT) with all inquires to Scholarship Management Services. Or call 1-800-537-4180.

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