BP invests $3 million to date in BP-GOAL Scholars Fund
42 Georgia students receive 2020-2021 BP-GOAL Scholarships
BP has invested a total of $3 million to date in the BP-GOAL Scholars Fund to help educate deserving students throughout the state in connection with Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. (GOAL). A total of 42 students, including 14 first-time recipients have been awarded scholarships for 2020-2021, enabling them to attend the Georgia private schools of their parents’ choice.
BP and its Castrol subsidiary, longtime education supporters, initiated this scholarship program with GOAL in 2012, to help educate future engineers, scientists and mathematicians through providing Georgia parents with more options for quality education and bright futures for their children. The innovative collaboration between GOAL and BP results in a customized program allowing BP to give back to the communities which it serves.
Kevin Russell, Business Development Manager for BP Products North America Inc., said, “GOAL and BP have joined forces to create an innovative program that helps provide access to new educational opportunities for deserving Georgia students and their families. We are delighted to help hard-working students throughout Georgia realize their career goals.”
In eight years, 292 BP-GOAL Scholarships have been awarded totaling $2.3 million. Each award amount is based on the tuition rate at the student’s chosen private school and his or her family’s demonstrated need. BP-GOAL scholars must reapply each year for the continuation of these awards. To be eligible to apply, applicants had to be enrolled in a Georgia public school, have income no more than 2 times the poverty guideline and have been accepted and sponsored by a qualified Georgia private school.
Since the program’s inception, 38 BP-GOAL Scholars have graduated from private schools throughout Georgia. Five of those students graduated in 2020. To date, 100% of these BP-GOAL graduates have continued their education in college, and several are the first in their families to do so.
BP-GOAL scholarship recipients are primarily from areas in Georgia where BP and its subsidiary Castrol do business. Additionally, the scholarship recipients demonstrate drive, motivation and strengths in math, science and technologies important to the energy industry.
Lisa Kelly, President of Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program said, “The BP investment in Georgia students through their participation in the education tax credit is having a profoundly positive impact on families throughout our state. In addition to their financial investment, BP officials are engaged in the BP-GOAL scholarship program itself – following the well-being and success of each student recipient. This collaborative approach to providing greater opportunities for access to learning is a winning formula. In addition, the student recipients are aware and appreciative of the fact they have the BP-GOAL team on their side!”
Hope Lanier Freeman, BP Director of Government and Public Affairs for the Southeast, added, “Working with GOAL allows us to give back to the communities where we operate. It also supports BP’s core values, including diversity, excellence, respect, and One Team.”
Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. is the state’s largest student scholarship organization, having awarded 41,098 scholarships totaling $159.6 million since 2008.
BP Products North America Inc. markets BP high quality fuels through its locally owned and operated distributor network of over 450 BP retail gasoline stations located throughout Georgia. BP Lubricants USA Inc. markets Castrol-branded lubricants and business-building programs to independent quick lube operators, service providers, new car dealers and leading retailers throughout Georgia in conjunction with its locally-based distributors.