BP invests $2 million to date in BP-GOAL Scholars Fund
34 Georgia students receive 2017-18 BP-GOAL Scholarships
BP has invested a total of $2 million to date in the BP-GOAL Scholars Fund to help educate future engineers, scientists and mathematicians in connection with Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program, Inc. (GOAL). Thirty-four deserving Georgia students have received scholarships for 2017-18, 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 the education of their children.
Kevin Russell, Brand License Channel Manager for BP Products North America Inc., said, "We are delighted to help hard-working students throughout the state of Georgia realize their career goals. This program is one of the many ways BP supports education in both the public and private sectors."
In five years, 200 BP-GOAL Scholarships have been awarded. 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, 19 BP-GOAL Scholars have graduated from private schools throughout Georgia. Seven of those students graduated in 2017. To date all BP-GOAL graduates have gone on to attend 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-GOAL Scholars Fund exemplifies the very best this program can achieve. The valuable contributions by BP are having an increasingly positive impact on families throughout Georgia. Students are achieving remarkable success in graduating from rigorous college preparatory schools, and then continuing their education in universities. Another remarkable reason for these excellent outcomes is the interest and involvement by the BP Team in 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, Director of Communication and External Affairs for BP America, 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 25,652 scholarships totaling $94.1 million since 2008.
BP Products North America Inc. markets BP high quality fuels through its locally owned and operated distributor network of over 675 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.