The GE STAR Awards competition is open to children of eligible GE employees worldwide. Recipients, chosen through a selective application process, are awarded a one-time award in one of two categories to defray first-year higher education expenses. The first category is for those attending a four-year college/university (or equivalent outside the U.S.); the second is for those attending a two-year community college/vocational-technical school.  

Recipients attending a four-year school will be awarded a $3,000 award. Recipients attending a two-year school will be awarded a $1,000 award.

Recipients are determined in a highly selective global competition independently managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an international non-profit educational exchange organization.

Applicants will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement and potential (grade point average, rank-in-class, and test scores, etc.)
  • Extracurricular and community activities, including work experience
  • The student’s personal experiences and goals, as described in a written statement
  • One Reference form