Scholarships Programs

How it works

As part of GE’s commitment to support higher education, the GE Foundation has invested in scholarship programs that help promising students from around the world gain access to quality education.

Supporting Higher Education


scholarship programs


GE STAR Awards presented to students and teachers


in scholarships given to deserving students from around the world


China Tech Awards given to talented graduate students

Programs and Impact

The GE Foundation is proud to offer 10 scholarship programs that award academic excellence and provide financial support to talented minority or low-income students entering college or university. To date, the GE Foundation has given more than $27.5 million to deserving students from around the world.

Focus Areas

Awarding Academic Excellence

Supporting Talented Minority or Low-Income Students



The GE STAR Awards competition, now in its 13th year, is open to high school seniors, who are children of eligible GE employees and retirees worldwide. The award will defray first-year higher education expenses. Recipients, chosen through a selective application process, are awarded a one-time award that will go toward a four-year college or two-year community college/vocational-technical school. Finalists also select a teacher from their current secondary school to recognize and to guide the use of an award to the school.

Finalists are determined in a highly selective global competition, independently managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an international non-profit educational exchange organization. Since 2001, more than 10,000 students and teacher awards have been given worldwide totaling more than $14 million. In 2014, IIE received applications from students in 38 countries.

GE Scholar-Leaders

Since its inception in 1987, the GE Foundation Scholar-Leaders Program has supported thousands of outstanding students with financial aid to complete their college or university degrees in engineering and business.

In addition to the scholarship, the program helps students develop leadership skills, offers mentoring and networking opportunities and manages community development projects. IIE aims to award 82 scholarships to applicants from more than 100 institutions of higher education in 10 countries each year.

China Tech Award

The GE Foundation Tech Award is designed to stimulate innovation in new technology, design, research methods and applications among university students in China. The program recognizes outstanding graduate students in China and provides winning students with monetary awards, as well as enriching workshops with top company researchers and business executives. As of 2013, the GE Foundation provided a total of 325 Tech Awards.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund/GE Foundation Scholarship Program

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and the GE Hispanic Forum have partnered to provide financial resources to assist outstanding Latino college students. Award recipients receive $2,500, are matched with a mentor from the GE Hispanic Forum and are enrolled into a career readiness program.

Eighty percent of HSF scholars identified a lack of financial aid as their greatest obstacle to higher education. Thus, funding from the GE Foundation will encourage award recipients to complete their college education. GE Foundation Scholars are expected to maintain a 3.4 GPA in order to remain eligible for this program.

GE Foundation STEM Scholarships (Council for Opportunity in Education)

The GE Foundation Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship provides meaningful resources and incentives to low-income students who might not otherwise attend programs or pursue scientific and technical disciplines at the undergraduate level. Scholarships applicants must be graduating high school seniors from select GE cities and plan to major in STEM at a two-year or four-year accredited college or university.

In addition, scholarship applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Participated in a federal TRIO program, GEAR UP, or GE/COE College Access initiative
  • Is eligible for the Pell Grant through Federal Financial Aid
  • Neither parent has a degree from a four-year college or university
  • Documented disability 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Mentoring and Leadership Development Program

The Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) is a public, not-for-profit, national organization founded in 1973 as a vehicle to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson and his heroic achievements.

This program provides college and graduate school scholarships, as well as leadership development opportunities for students of color with strong capabilities, but limited financial resources. Over its 40-year history, JRF has provided $55 million in programmatic aid, including $25 million in direct financial scholarships, to 1,400 Scholars. JRF Scholars have represented 43 states and the District of Columbia, and have attended over 225 colleges and universities across the country, creating strong ambassadors of Jackie Robinson’s legacy of community service, leadership and humanity.

Candidates are high school seniors and accepted to a four-year accredited college or university. Applicants must be minority students and citizens of the U.S. In addition to financial need, applicants must demonstrate high academic achievement, including a minimum GPA of 3.0 or a combined SAT math and critical reading score of 1,000 (or a composite ACT score of 21). Applicants must also have shown interest in their communities through extracurricular activities.

The cornerstone of program is the Mentoring and Leadership Conference (MLC), held each spring in New York City. The goal of this conference is to provide access to career and graduate school guidance and practical life-skills training, and exposure to a leadership curriculum that will give our Scholars the tools to graduate and achieve their fullest potential.

The GE Foundation has been a sponsor of JRF since 1984. Over the past 19 years, they have sponsored 102 Scholars.

GE LNESC National Scholarship

The LNESC GE Scholarship program is intended to assist and encourage outstanding minority students in completing their college education. The program is directed specifically to disadvantaged minority students with career interests in business or engineering. Students receive a renewable scholarship for up to three years. Scholarship awards are disbursed in two installments of $2,500 in the fall and spring semesters.

GE volunteers collaborate with LNESC to determine the selection criteria, target fields and schools. LNESC also encourages recipients to seek GE internships if there are facilities in their local areas.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholars

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholars program works closely with a national network of 50 partner universities to increase capacity to recruit, enroll, educate, retain and graduate underrepresented minority engineering students. As a group, NACME university partners graduate nearly one-third of all underrepresented minority student-engineers in the United States.

NACME’s scholarship strategy includes continuous program evaluation that drives each funded partner university to select and better support underrepresented students. Through the proposed grant, participating students will receive grants of up to $2,500 per year for a period of up to five years.

Each year, NACME supports more than 1,000 students. Scholars benefit from campus-based support including academic advising, internships, research opportunities, professional membership, mentoring and attendance at professional conferences.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Unrestricted Support

The GE Foundation has supported the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) for more than 60 years. The grant funds help UNCF provide operating funds for its 37 member colleges, making it possible to offer their students 21st-century academic programs, while still keeping their average cost approximately 30% lower than comparable institutions.

UNCF pools its resources and distributes funds to meet the member schools’ most pressing needs. Some schools use their share of the unrestricted funds to support last-dollar scholarships that can make the difference between staying in college and dropping out. Others invest in innovative academic programs that prepare students for cutting-edge careers after graduation.

GE Foundation Scholars Program (Sacred Heart University)

The GE Foundation Scholars Program at Sacred Heart University began in 1994. The program provides scholarship, retention and enrichment support for GE Foundation Scholars—academically talented minority students with a demonstrated interest in science, mathematics, information technology or the quantitative business disciplines. Newly admitted and returning Scholars each receive $3,500 in scholarship support per year through graduation.

The program incorporates leadership training and other personal growth and development activities into the regular monthly schedule of events. Scholars regularly participate in projects ranging from volunteering in schools and community centers to helping to build Habitat for Humanity homes. Each Scholar is required to provide a minimum of 20 community service hours per semester.

As of May 2014, 167 GE Foundation Scholars graduated from Sacred Heart University. The primary goal is to ensure that, over the life of the program, 80% or more of participants earn an undergraduate degree from Sacred Heart University in the targeted fields. Eighty-five percent of the Scholar graduates since 2002–2003, have graduated from the university with majors/minors in the targeted fields.

The Scholarship programs award academic excellence and support talented minority or low-income students. Explore the tiles above to learn more.