February Scholarship Of The Month: The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

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This scholarship from Buick? Yeah, it’s all good.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is awarding scholarships of up to $25,000 (renewable for up to 4 years—meaning a potential $100,000 award) to 100 students. It’s rare to find a scholarship of this magnitude, so don’t pass up this opportunity!

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Website: Buick Achievers and Scholarship FAQ

Award Amount: Up to $25,000 renewable for up to 4 years

Number Of Awards: 100

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. EST on February 28, 2014

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a high school senior, high school graduate, or current postsecondary undergraduate student.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited 4-year college or university based in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the entire 2014-15 academic year. Proprietary and online schools are not eligible.
  • Plan to major in a course of study that focuses on Engineering/Technology or select Design and Business related programs of study. 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.

Q&A With The Buick Achievers Scholarship

Q: Because the Buick Achievers scholarship program is a highly competitive program, what should students focus on in their application in order to stand out for the judges?

A: Recipients are selected 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, as well as other criteria, such as being a first-generation college student, female, minority, military veteran, or a dependent of military personnel.

It is important that applicants provide complete answers to all of the questions on the application. They should pay especially close attention to their goals essay where they are asked to explain their interest in working in the automotive industry.

The website mentions that most of the scholarships will be awarded to engineering/technology majors. What are you looking for from design/graphic design/business majors?

Students majoring in design and business must have an interest in applying their studies to the automotive industry. Applicants should consider their future career plans and how these plans fit into this industry.

What advice do you have for students who are interested in this scholarship?

It is recommended that interested students read through the Frequently Asked Questions (located on the website www.buickachievers.com) before applying to the program.

A lot of our readers have a hard time figuring out if they qualify as “low-income.” Do you have any specific advice on what “financial need” means for this scholarship?

This is a common question and a difficult one to answer because there are several factors that are used in the calculation of financial need.

The calculation is similar to the methodology used by FAFSA. As a general comparison, a student’s EFC would need to be less than the cost of attendance at the school in order to show financial need.*

*Note From Diane: Let me clarify what they mean here. Your EFC is the number that you receive on your Student Aid Report (the document you receive after you complete the FAFSA). Let’s say your total cost of attendance for college is $37,000. According to the Buick Achievers Scholarship, if your EFC is below $37,000, then you technically qualify as having financial need.

Find even more scholarship opportunities in our post on upcoming 2014 college scholarship deadlines!

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  1. John Huffman January 24, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    I’m not sure if I do these scholarships by computer or print them out and send them in? Please help!!!

    • Ryan Lane January 25, 2014 / 8:48 am

      Thanks for writing, John. According to their website, you have to apply electronically by 5:00 p.m. ET on February 28. You can get started by clicking “login/register” from this page: https://buickachievers.scholarshipamerica.org

      Good luck!

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