Buick Achievers Scholarship Names First Five Recipients

           Buick Achievers Scholarship Names First Five Recipients

Student winners featured in Buick Human Highlight Reel Show

PR Newswire

DETROIT, April 5, 2013

DETROIT, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
today announced the first five of 100 U.S. high school and undergraduate
college students that will receive up to $25,000 in annual scholarships for
demonstrating excellence in the classroom and in the community.

Funded by the General Motors Foundation and established in 2011, Buick
Achievers is one of the largest scholarship programs in the country. The
program provides 100 students with up to $25,000 renewable for four years, and
one additional year for those entering a qualified, five-year engineering
program. Additionally, 1,000 students receive a one-time $2,000 award. To
date, Buick Achievers has awarded nearly $12 million to more than 2,100
college-bound students.

"With the current U.S. student loan debt hovering around $1 trillion, the
impact the Buick Achievers Scholarship will have on these students is
immeasurable," said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. "For some, they
will be the first in their family to attend college and this program will
provide an opportunity to pursue an academic career without the related
financial pressures."

With the future of manufacturing and many other industries driven by new
technologies, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program supports students
interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, math, also
known as STEM, information technology and other fields related to the
automotive industry.

"The combination of academic achievement and community leadership exhibited by
these Buick Achievers underscores the core values of this scholarship," said
Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president, Buick Marketing."Supporting students
interested in a STEM major or career is essential for the growth in our
industry and we applaud these future innovators and leaders for their

Featured during the Buick Human Highlight Reel Show that showcases
inspirational stories of former student athletes and future leaders and
innovators, the first five recipients of the 2013 Buick Achievers Scholarship
Program include:

Donald Chao of Bellevue, Wash., plans to attend the University of Michigan and
major in mechanical engineering. As a senior  at Newport High School in
Bellevue, he founded the non-profit Ocean Acidification Education Project,
which has motivated thousands of individuals to protect marine ecosystems from
deterioration. He served a five-year term on the City of Bellevue Youth
Advisory Council, was the marketing committee director for the Arthritis
Foundation (Great West Region), and founded the "Teach My Grandma" program to
educate seniors on how to use technology to connect to their families. Donald
is a member of his high school's National Honor Society, Key Club and swim

Nicole Kennard of Acworth, Ga.,  plans to attend Georgia Institute of
Technology in the fall and major in Materials Engineering. As a senior  at
North Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., Nicole has volunteered at nursing
homes, toy drives, and Earth Day and Veterans Day events. She founded the
Green Team, her school's first environmental club. Through her leadership, the
club established a recycling program, which recycles classroom supplies and
materials used during community and sporting events. Nicole is a member of her
school's Marching Band, National Honor Society and Alpha School Leadership

Sharnique Smith of Memphis, Tenn., will attend the University of Mississippi
in the fall. A senior at Arlington High School in Arlington, Tenn., Sharnique
has participated in numerous community service projects through her
involvement in the Teenage Improvement Club. Sharnique has also served as the
Community Service Chairperson for the Phi Gamma Kappa Organization, assisting
with various events including Earth Day. She also works as a volunteer dance
instructor for young girls. Sharnique is active at her high school and is a
member of the varsity dance team, Future Business Leaders of America and
Multicultural Club.

Devin Willis of Chateaugay, NY, is set to attend Clarkson University in
Potsdam, N.Y., with plans to major in chemical engineering. His list of
volunteer activities includes work at the local humane society, food pantry,
blood drives and Operation Christmas Child. An avid skier, Devin mentors
beginning youth skiers through an Elementary Ski Day program. Devin is a
member of his school's National Honor Society, varsity soccer and alpine
racing teams.

Benjamin Zavala of Pittsburgh attends the University of Cincinnati, majoring
in Transportation Design. Benjamin's passion for cars has led to his
participation in numerous automotive design competitions. He has been
recognized for his design concepts for automotive seats, tires, and a street
legal electric car. Benjamin also volunteers at a computer recycling center,
restoring computers that then are donated to local schools and families.
During his college career, Benjamin has participated in several internships to
support his interest in the automotive industry and is expected to graduate in

The complete 2013 class of Buick Achievers will be announced later this year.
For more information on the program, visit www.buickachievers.com.

About the General Motors Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of
millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to
disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting
Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community
Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding
of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM
Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit

About Buick
Buick is a modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs,
luxurious interiors with thoughtful personal technologies, along with
responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with
its portfolio of award-winning luxury models, including the Enclave crossover,
LaCrosse sedan, Regal sport sedan, Buick Verano sedan and the all-new 2013
Encore crossover. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at www.buick.com,
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SOURCE General Motors

Website: http://www.gm.com
Contact: Maria Mainville, GM Foundation Communications, 313-573-7794,
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