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Kia’s Great Unknowns Scholarship & Deserving Recipients

We believe that greatness comes from unexpected places. That’s why for last February’s Big Game ad, we didn’t write a check to a celebrity—we created The Great Unknowns Scholarship to help the next generation of students who give it everything.

Following through on the promise to help young people in need get a foothold in higher education, today Kia Motors America proudly recognizes the recipients of The Great Unknowns Scholarship. Comprised of 16 college students from across the U.S., the scholarship winners were chosen based on financial need, academic performance and the demonstrable ways they made a difference by giving it everything within their local schools and communities.

The Great Unknowns Scholarship was created to identify students who embody Kia’s “Give It Everything” spirit and help them pursue their academic goals. The call for entries was part of Kia’s 360-degree “Give It Everything” marketing campaign which began with the 2019 Super Bowl spot of the same name, created by Kia’s agency of record David&Goliath.

“Earlier this year, instead of using a high-priced celebrity in our Super Bowl ad, Kia chose to repurpose that money to discover and reward young Americans who embody our ‘Give It Everything’ philosophy,” said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America. “We are honored to help these talented and ambitious students further their education and we’re excited to see what their futures hold.”

Colleges and universities of recipients include Harvard University; University of Alabama, Huntsville; New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; University of Texas, San Antonio; Duke University; and the University of Pennsylvania. Fittingly, fields of study range from economics and computer science to public policy, neuroscience and aerospace engineering.

A video introducing the students and how they “Give It Everything” can be found here and more information on The Great Unknowns Scholarship program and the application process can be found at www.thegreatunknowns.org

Applications will re-open early 2020, so continue to check back in with The Great Unknowns Scholarship program for updates!