Local student receives Buick Achievers scholarship

Buick and the General Motors Foundation have named the 1,100 recipients of the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program. The awards include six outstanding students from Illinois who will each receive a scholarship of up to $25,000 that is renewable for up to four years. One of the students is from Rockford.

Andrew Kortze is a student at Rockford Lutheran High School. He has used music to bring joy to the elderly and unemployed through Christmas programs, musical recitals, church performances and other music-based volunteer opportunities. Andrew plans to attend Valparaiso University and study mechanical engineering.

He would like to research and develop the use of different forms of alternative energy in automobiles to increase productivity while reducing expenses.

The $4.5 million-per-year scholarship program, which Buick and the General Motors Foundation announced in February, recognizes and rewards college-bound students from across the United States who excel both in the classroom and the community. The program is funded by the GM Foundation and is among the largest awarded over multiple years.

From the Aug. 10-16, 2011, issue

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