Marketing student Deneace Williams and mechanical engineering student Kris Wiedenheft were selected among 100 students in the nation to receive the 2014 Buick Achievers Scholarship.

Upon winning the renewable scholarships the Aggies were invited to meet N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory and General Motors representatives at the Governor’s Mansion on August 12.

“These students have made our state proud with their hard work, determination to succeed and thirst for knowledge,” Gov. McCrory said in a release published by the Governor’s office on August 12.

Supported by General Motors, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program is designed to assist students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. This year the program awarded a total of $2.5 million in scholarships to its 100 recipients.

"I am happy to receive this award because it just goes to show that hard work does pay off. I am very thankful for this opportunity and for those who have helped me receive this prestigious award. It humbles me to know that my work at the University and in the community does not go unnoticed," said Williams.

“Winning the Buick Achievers Scholarship emphasizes my commitment to academic excellence and research and demonstrates my ability to achieve my career goals. The financial aspects of this award will enable me to continue to pursue my education and research,” said Wiedenheft, who is performing research in fluid physics through a joint NASA funded research project in the College of Engineering.

Wiedenheft and Williams plan to use the scholarship to cover education expenses.