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Buick Achievers Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

DETROIT - If you are an outstanding student interested in a career in the auto industry and a force for good in your community, the General Motors Foundation is looking for you.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is accepting applications at for 1,100 available scholarships through 5 p.m. on February 28, 2013. The General Motors Foundation-funded program will award scholarships to students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico who have demonstrated exemplary community involvement and academic excellence in engineering, design, information technology and business-related majors in the auto industry.

Applicants will compete for 100 scholarships worth up to $25,000 annually and renewable for up to four years. Scholarship winners enrolled in qualified five-year engineering programs may renew their scholarship for the additional year. A one-time scholarship with $2,000 will be awarded to 1,000 students.

Applicants must currently be a high school senior, a high school graduate, or a current undergraduate student and interested in a career in the automotive industry or a related industry. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and community leadership. Because the GM Foundation does not wish to keep its high-achieving students on pins and needles, each applicant will receive word on his or her status by late April 2013.

Since its inception in 2011, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program has distributed nearly $12 million in scholarships in all 50 states. Over 120 military veterans or their dependents have received Buick Achievers scholarhips. Several scholarship winners are students who have been the first individuals in their families to attend college. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program rewards excellence and helps dreams become reality.

"The Buick Achievers Scholarship has been such an amazing blessing for me and my family," said Tommy Jones, a junior mechanical engineering major at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., and a $25,000 scholarship recipient in 2012. "I've always had a passion for science and through this scholarship, I can pursue my dream of becoming an engineer without financial burden."

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