09/23/21 ID: 17933

Program Supports Inspiring Students That Aim to Transform Lives

  • More than 45 scholarships have been awarded since 2019
  • Learn more about how this year’s recipients are planning to build a better future

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 23, 2021 - Kia America today welcomed the third class of Great Unknowns Scholarship recipients from across the U.S. The 16 scholarship recipients are planning to pursue a college undergraduate degree in one of the following disciplines: Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math (STEAM). They were chosen based on financial need, academic performance, and how they are inspired to make a big difference.

More than 45 students have received the $5,000 yearly scholarship since 2019. A video introducing this year’s recipients shares how they will approach their studies to achieve their ambitions. The video can be found here.

“At Kia America, we believe movement inspires ideas. From engineering, to innovation, to design, we are relentless in our mission to make vehicles whose quality we are proud to stand behind,” said Russell Wager, vice president, marketing, Kia America. “Our dedication to innovation extends to the community. We are proud to support talented students in their endeavors to build a better future.”

This year’s recipients have declared majors at some of the most prestigious colleges across the U.S. in many of today’s most competitive industries, including: Biology, Computer Science, Dairy Science, Engineering, Business Analytics, Neuroscience and Pre-Med.

Kia’s “Great Unknows” scholarship program is a key tenant of the “Accelerate The Good” initiative, which has provided more than $2.5 million to those in need since 2019. In addition to monetary donations, Kia Team Member volunteers assembled personal protective equipment (PPE) at Kia’s manufacturing plant in Georgia for front line medical staff early in the COVID-19 pandemic, ultimately delivering more than 550,000 face shields to hospitals and medical centers across the country.

Kia America – about us

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia America continues to top automotive quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands. Kia serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of more than 750 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly assembled in America. Kia plans to deliver 11 electrified products globally by 2026 under the company’s Plan S that will transition Kia into a Sustainable Mobility Company. 

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