If you've been to the Sweeney Buick GMC dealership lately, we're sure you've seen the Buick Achiever's Signage. The deadline was almost a month ago and today, Buick has named the first four winners of the Achiever's Scholarship, there are 96 more to be named! They will receive a scholarship worth up to $25.000.00 that is renewable for four years.
The scholarship is intended to reward students from across the country who demonstrate excellence in the classroom and community but lack the financial resources to attend college. Eligibility was expanded this year from first-time college attendees to include current under grads as well. In order to qualify for the scholarship, students have to have declared a major in science, technology, engineering, math or another qualifying field of study.
"With US Student loan debt now totaling more than $1 trillion, the impact the Buick Achievers Scholarship will have on these students is immeasurable. They will have the freedom to attend and excel in college without the financial pressures most students face" said Vivian Packard, President, GM Foundation.
Let's meet the first four winners!
?Erik Avila, Los Angeles, California?. Erik is a freshman at California State University: LA majoring in transportation design. He is the first undergraduate to ever receive the Achievers Scholarship. His community involvement includes: Volunteering regularly for the United Way of LA, Lead coordinator for the environmental non-profit "Heal the Bay" and is a top cadet in the LA Fire Department State Cadet Program. He is also a member of ecoCar 2 at his university and will compete against 15 schools nationwide to build a hybrid vehicle with little to no emissions.
?Alex Baker, McDonald, Pennsylvania. Alex is a senior in high school but hopes to major in mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and to eventually have a career designing cars and trucks. He's the captain of his high school basketball team, a counselor for the youth basketball camp in his hometown, a volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and was a show ring crew volunteer for the Montour Valley Horsemen's Association.
?Melissa Rey, Chesterfield, Missouri. Another senior in high school, Melissa hopes to major in engineering technology so she can combine her love of cars with her passion for problem solving. She has been a volunteer for the Special Olympics, an Earth Day coordinator, is a member of her high school's Green Team. She has also designed and coordinated a summer Science Camp for Girls that helps underprivileged girls break the cycle of poverty through education while developing a passion for science. She is also active in her school's drama department using her engineering skills to design and build sets for plays.
?Armisha Roberts, Boynton Beach, Flordia. ?Will major in Math to develop an eventual career in electrical engineering. She hopes to be at the forefront of the conversation and development of future of electric vehicles. She volunteers for several service projects including Toys for Tots, Relay for Life and Education Rocks. She has also been appointed to serve as the student voting member on the Education and Youth Advisory Board for Boynton Beach, which gives assistance to various clubs and organizations in the community.
Congratulations to the first four announced!