BMW Scholars Program

The BMW Scholars Program allows students to attend class full-time at local community colleges while working part-time at BMW in order to further their education, gain the necessary hands-on experience, and become viable candidates for full-time positions at BMW. During this process, BMW will offer tuition assistance toward obtaining a two-year Associate Degree.  Recruitment occurs in the Spring and students who are selected begin work at BMW just before the beginning of Fall semester.

Program Benefits

There are many benefits to becoming a BMW Scholar:

  • Gain invaluable work experience at BMW's only U.S. automotive plant
  • Earn an associate degree with tuition assistance offered by BMW
  • Earn money working part-time while taking classes
  • Be considered for full-time BMW employment opportunities

Program Qualifications

Students must

Students must also have:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • MS Office experience (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)
  • A copy of your resume and unofficial transcript attached to your application.

Program details

Length of program
The BMW Scholars Program is a two year training program. It requires that the students take classes in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters with a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester.

Number of students
BMW is projected to accept 35 new Scholars beginning in the Fall semester of each year.

Flexible scheduling
BMW realizes that they may need to be flexible in establishing a work schedule. A preferred schedule would include classes in the morning and the ability to work in the afternoon.

Wages will be discussed during the interview process.

Continued employment
BMW Scholars who complete the program will be considered for full-time employment with BMW, however there is no obligation for continued employment by BMW or the student upon program completion.

BMW Scholar Typical Day

As a BMW Scholar, students will spend each weekday both in class and working at the plant. While working, students will have a mentor in each area who will guide and teach. Initially, students will get a strong foundation of the vehicle by working within the production process. The area in which students will be working will rotate as they go through the program and may include the body shop, paint shop, and assembly.

Get Started

BMW accepts applications beginning in February of each year with a testing, interview, and physical assessment process to follow. BMW will then contact students with either an acceptance offer or a letter of regret for the BMW Scholars Program.  Students who are accepted into the program will receive tuition assistance from BMW if needed beginning in the Fall semester and continuing each semester they are in the program.  The anticipated start date for the students to begin orientation at BMW will be in August. Please feel free to contact the Experiential Learning Office for specific dates for the next application period.
Click here for a printable version of this information about the BMW Scholars Program.