Giving Back

You know who we are by the difference we make.

In every community where we work and live, we take our responsibilities as citizens very seriously. We welcome the opportunity to make a difference.

American values like respect for hard work, diversity, social responsibility and active sustainability are integral characteristics of our company culture. We renew our commitment each day through our corporate programs and employee involvement.

We’re a responsible partner — on the road and in your neighborhood.

University of Virginia

At the University of Virginia, Volkswagen Group of America supports the elite Rodman Scholars International Program for undergraduate engineering students. The program exposes distinguished students to challenges, opportunities, and benefits of international study and experience. Volkswagen Group of America and University of Virginia is also a partnership program that supports a fellowship for graduate engineers. Read more »

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Virginia Tech

At Virginia Tech, the company funds a five-year program focused on environmentally responsible technology, manufacturing, and engineering. This program concentrates on cutting-edge research, offering students the opportunity to provide technical support for Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI race series. Through faculty development and innovation grants, Volkswagen Group of America pursues major research initiatives, funds graduate research assistants, and covers partial costs of special research materials.

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Northern Virginia Community College

Our partnership with Northern Virginia Community College creates a statewide automotive program designed to improve training throughout Virginia. In 2009, Volkswagen Group of America donated and delivered training vehicles to Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria and Manassas campuses, the Governor’s Career and Technical Academy in Arlington, and the C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Loudoun County. Northern Virginia Community College partners with the academy to provide students with trade skills and the opportunity to earn college credit. The program helps hundreds of students learn by working on new Volkswagen and Audi vehicles, and also introducing them to specialty tools and repair practices.

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George Mason University

Volkswagen Group of America funds scholarships for distinguished scholars at George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering. The scholars receive full coverage of tuition, fees, and room and board, as well as laptop computers for four years. Volkswagen Group of America scholars represent the company and the school at corporate events, recruitment fairs, and on-campus events. They also receive an internship with the company.

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Fairfax County Public Schools

Volkswagen Group of America’s multi-year and multifaceted partnership with Fairfax County Public Schools establishes an advanced automotive technologies program that benefits more than 1,200 students. The program trains the next generation’s highly educated, environmentally conscious engineers and mechanics, and builds a skilled homegrown local workforce. In June 2009, Volkswagen Group of America donated 13 vehicles worth a total of nearly $500,000 to Fairfax County Public Schools. The partnership also includes train-the-trainer opportunities and hosted seminars, where Volkswagen Group of America’s specialists share their knowledge with Fairfax County Public School students and instructors.

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The Excel Institute

At The Excel Institute, Volkswagen Group of America donates funds and vehicles for life skills and technical training, helping to train students for high-demand, high-paying jobs in the automotive service industry. The partnership supports Excel’s most significant expenses, related to life and employability skills such as computer literacy and one-on-one academic tutoring. Volkswagen and Audi technicians also train the Excel Institute automotive technology teachers about new technologies, maintenance, and repair. Volkswagen Group of America and The Excel Institute are developing reciprocal shadowing and hosted seminar opportunities for employees and students to visit job sites.

To date, this support has enabled approximately 225 students to participate in the Excel Institute’s Life Skills program. Ninety-nine percent of the students who began the Inner Journey component of the Life Skills program have completed. Seventy percent of the students who began Life Skills have completed. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is currently evaluating the Inner Journey Training with the intent of replicating the model throughout the country.

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