Local student receives $25K scholarship from Buick

PARKERSBURG – A student from Vienna has received the 2013 Buick Achievers Scholarship.

Jeremiah Parsons, a Parkersburg High School graduate attending West Virginia University, received a scholarship of up to $25,000 renewable for up to four years.

The Buick Achievers Scholarship assists students who are first-generation college students, military veterans and military dependents. Among the 1,100 students recognized this year, 521 recipients are the first in their families to pursue a secondary education, 45 have served in the United States Armed Forces, and 48 come from military families. Additionally, 819 are pursuing science-, technology-, engineering- and mathematics-related majors with degree programs including mechanical engineering topping the list.

“I am pleased to be here supporting the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program and thrilled that a student from our region was chosen,” said Mike Matheny, CEO of Matheny Buick GMC of Parkersburg.

Parsons was recognized by Gov. Earl Tomblin in an awards ceremony also attended by Matheny.

“Support from groups like the General Motors Foundation helps our students achieve while also building a smarter workforce for tomorrow,” Tomblin said.

Buick Achievers has awarded nearly $16.5 million to more than 3,300 students since the programs’ inception in 2011. 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. An additional 1,000 students receive up to $2,000 for academic expenses.

Matheny Motors was established in 1922 and has seven facilities in six locations: Parkersburg, Mineral Wells, Marietta, Nitro, W.Va., Kenova, W.Va. and Woodbridge.

Matheny Motors is an authorized dealer for General Motors, Freightliner, Volvo, Hino, Isuzu, Thomas Built Bus, Miller Industries, MAC Trailers and Landoll Trailers. For more information, call 800 284-4418 or visit www.mathenymotors.com.