By Staff Reports
A Boynton Beach Community High School student was named today as one of the first four 2012 Buick Achievers Scholarship Program recipients. Armisha Roberts, a senior, received a scholarship of up to $25,000 that is renewable for up to four years.
The nearly $9 million scholarship program launched by Buick and the General Motors Foundation in 2011 rewards 2,200 outstanding 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 attenders to include current undergraduate students
“With US student loan debt now totaling more than $1 trillion, the impact the Buick Achievers Scholarship will have on these students is immeasurable,” said Vivian Pickard, president, GM Foundation. “They will have the freedom to attend and excel in college without the financial pressures most students face.”
Roberts, of Boynton Beach, plans to major in mathematics to develop an eventual career in electrical engineering. She hopes to one day be at the forefront of the conversation and development of future of electric vehicles. Roberts has played an active role in her community and has volunteered for several service projects, including Toys for Tots, Relay for Life and Education Rocks. She was also appointed to serve as the student voting member on the Education and Youth Advisory Board for Boynton Beach, which provides assistance to various clubs and organizations in the community.
“The Buick Achievers Scholarship has given me the financial security to go to college that I was not expecting,” Roberts said. “I feel so blessed and honored to know that someone is excited to invest in my future as an engineer.”
“The combination of community involvement and passion for math and science exhibited by these Buick Achiever Scholarship recipients demonstrates the core values and beliefs upon whichports
this unique scholarship was founded,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president, Buick Marketing. “By providing Armisha with a scholarship to study mathematics, we hope to pave the way for her to become one of tomorrow’s innovators.”
The 2012 Buick Achievers Scholarship Program provides up to $25,000 a year to 100 students, renewable for up to four years and one additional year for qualified five-year engineering programs. An additional 1,000 students receive a one-time $2,000 award.
Eligibility for the 2012-13 Buick Achievers Scholarship required applicants to be high school seniors, high school graduates or current undergraduate students; planning to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university for the entire 2012-13 academic year; and demonstrating an interest in the automotive industry. Applicants had to be U.S. citizens and have permanent residence in the United States. Applications are closed for the 2012-13 academic year. For more information about the program, or to register for e-mail notification when the next application window opens, visit www.buickachievers.com.
The complete 2012 class of Buick Achiever Scholarship Program recipients will be announced in June.