Irvine-based Kia Motors America announced Thursday that applications are now being accepted for the second year of The Great Unknowns Scholarship program.

The application process is open to students across the U.S. planning to pursue a college undergraduate degree in one of the following discipline areas: Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math (STEAM).

“Recipients will be chosen based on a number of factors, including academic performance and demonstrable ways they make a positive impact within their local communities,” according to a Kia statement.

The students selected will be notified in mid-June. More information including eligibility and application requirements can be found at .

Russell Wager, director, marketing operations at Kia Motors America, said the company “is proud to support the educational ambitions of America’s youth in the second year of the Great Unknowns Scholarship.”

“The freshman class of scholarship recipients has proven to be extraordinarily bright and talented and we are excited to add to that group and help more young people pursue their academic dreams,” he said.

First-year recipients enrolled at a variety of colleges and universities, including Harvard University, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, University of Texas-San Antonio, Duke University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to submit applications and be considered for awards:

— be a U.S. high school seniors or self-schooled — with written proof, and be at least 16 years old;

— plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire upcoming academic year;

— reside in the United States;

— have a cumulative of GPA 3.8 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) or higher,

— demonstrate financial need; and

— plan to pursue a degree in one of the following fields:

— Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Pre-Medicine, Physics, Applied Sciences, Material Sciences;

— Technology: Aeronautics, Automotive Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mechanical Sciences;

— Technical/Vocational Majors (involving machines, computers, technologies);

— Engineering: All engineering fields, such as Applied, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical;

— Arts: Design, Graphics, Architecture, Fashion, Fine Arts, Studio Arts, Motion Pictures/Television, Entertainment Arts (other design-driven arts will be considered);

— Math: Math, Applied Math, Statistics.

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