The Evolution of the BMW Scholars Program

Established in 2011, the BMW Scholars program provides tuition assistance and hands-on training in advanced manufacturing to full-time students working towards manufacturing-related degrees at partnering technical colleges. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and books, provides healthcare benefits, and pays students for their work at the BMW assembly plant. Over the past seven years, the program has graduated 180 students, all of whom received an offer of full-time employment with BMW upon graduation.

Earlier this year, we were able to gain a new education partner and double the size of our program to a total of 200 scholars. Our partnering institutions currently include: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College, and Piedmont Technical College. With technology constantly changing in the automotive industry, we believe it is important now more than ever to invest in training highly-skilled workers who can solve problems.

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