Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe Congratulates Local Students for Winning Buick Achievers Scholarships
By: Craig Eppling
August 27, 2012 1:20 pm CT
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe congratulated Kayla Henderson from Benton, Arkansas for winning a Buick Achievers Scholarship of up to $25,000 that is renewable for up to four years. Also, 10 additional Arkansas students received a one-time $2,000 scholarship award.
As one of the largest scholarship programs in the country, the Buick Achievers program rewards students who excel both in the classroom and in the community, but lack the financial resources to pursue higher education. The program is distinguished by its renewable aspect – 100 nationwide students receive up to $25,000 a year, renewable for up to four years and one additional year for qualified five-year engineering programs. Additionally, 1,000 students receive a one-time $2,000 award. By the end of 2012, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program expects to have funded almost $13 million for deserving students.
Eligibility was expanded this year from first-time college-bound students to also include current undergraduates. With nearly fifty percent of college students dropping out before completing their education due to a lack of financial resources, this expansion is designed to help students cross the finish line.