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These are the frequently asked questions when applying for the Garber Buick Drive Your Community Scholarship Program and the best answers for them. For the full rules and restrictions, please see our Official Rules. If you still have additional concerns that aren’t addressed below, you can email us at GBscholarship@GarberBuick.com or tweet us using #DriveYourCommunity and tag our twitter handle @GarberBuick.
We are accepting applications until Friday June 30, 2017.
• Must be a resident of Great Lakes Bay Region
• Must be enrolled in public, private, home school or GED classes
• Must demonstrate outstanding community service or impact
• No older than 19 years of age
• No minimum GPA requirement
• Grades K-12 are eligible, but students will not receive money until after graduation. At that point, the $2,000 prize will be dispersed to the student’s chosen college, university or trade school. Should the student decide to enlist in the armed forces, we will hold the money until they have passed basic training and then disperse it to them. Contact us for more information on this at GBScholarship@GarberBuick.com.
No, community involvement is for everyone, and we encourage all students to show us how they shine by making their community a better place for everyone.
We are awarding ten (10) scholarships of $2,000 each. Four (4) to the high school grades (9-12), three (3) in middle school grades (6-8), and three (3) in elementary grades (K-5). Our goal is to have no more than one winner from each grade level, except in the high school where winners can be from any grade.
Yes! Applying is as easy as 1-2-3! Find it here.
You can see the playlist of 2016 winners here!
Nope. Any community service is encouraged to be submitted, even if it’s unaffiliated with a school project or an organized group. If you make an impact on your community, we want to know about it.
We recommend using your cell phone. Yes, seriously. That way, you’re able to shoot, edit, and upload to YouTube all on the same device. However, feel free to use whatever recording device you would like, just be sure that the file you produce is accepted by YouTube. Here is a reference of supported file types.
For students who are not graduating seniors, we will hold that money with the Saginaw Community Foundation until the student is ready for college, university, military, or trade school. The money will stay in an account Garber has with the Community Foundation and set aside, ready for use when the student enrolls, either full-time or part-time, to any college, university, military school, or trade school within a two-year time limit after graduation.
No, you’ll be eligible again after a three-year grace period. So if you win as a high school freshman, you would be eligible again as a senior.
Yes! We will award the $2,000 prize to any college, university, military school, or trade school. If you decide to go into the armed forces, we’ll disperse the money to you after you graduate from basic training. There is a time limit of 2 years after high school graduation in which you must reach out to us to let us know which educational facility you’d like your money dispersed to.
Just about anything. The scholarship can be used towards the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies, required equipment, room and board and other allowable expenses. See the full Official Rules for more information.
No, at this time we are only accepting digital applications.
We have selected a third-party panel of judges from the Saginaw Community Foundation that will be reviewing the videos and deciding who is the winner for each category. Employees of the Garber Organization have no impact on who is chosen as a winner.
We will reach out by phone and email to inform the winning students. Please be sure to check your devices frequently in July to see if you’ve won!
Garber Automotive Group is an organization that is dedicated to helping the community grow. It is so important to us and our President Richard J. Garber that we are footing the bill entirely. We are honored to do so.
You can still apply, and we will help you! Whether you need a device to record with, an online connection to submit your application or assistance in any way, please let us know, and we’ll help you out! You can email us at GBScholarship@GarberBuick.com, and we’ll make arrangements together.
If you have additional concerns that aren’t addressed below, please email us at GBScholarship@GarberBuick.com or tweet us using #DriveYourCommunity and tag our twitter handle @GarberBuick. We try to answer your questions within one business day.