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.

In May 2010, eighteen University of Virginia engineering students, selected to participate in Volkswagen’s first Global Ingenuity Program, participated in a two-week study abroad course in Germany. Course highlights included a program designed to allow students to address and offer solutions to a real-world problem by participating in cross-cultural “think tanks” with students from the Technical University of Braunschweig. The two student teams worked collaboratively on a research and design problem assigned by Volkswagen Group’s Electronics Research Lab. The main goal was for students to find an innovative and safe way to assist the driver with performing different tasks and managing information while driving. Read more »

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The University of Tennessee - KnoxvilleAt the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, the Volkswagen Engagement Endowment Fund provides student aid and faculty support in several different areas. These categories include supply chain logistics, mechanical engineering, and environmental engineering.

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The University of Tennessee - ChattanoogaThe partnership with the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga supports the new Volkswagen Competitive Challenge fund, providing financial assistance to students for team projects, as well as support for faculty research, travel, recruitment, and outreach. Funding at The University of Tennessee – Chattanooga particularly focuses on engineering, international studies, and computer and environmental sciences.

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The University of MemphisVolkswagen Group of America’s partnership with the University of Memphis supports an initiative to recruit, retain, and prepare the next generation of specialists in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This program links schools with local businesses and reaches down to the kindergarten level to encourage interest in STEM subject areas.

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Tennessee State UniversityAt Tennessee State University, funds provide student scholarships and faculty support in the Colleges of Business and Engineering. Our contributions also support an Endowed Chair for Supply Chain Management, student scholarships, and pre-engineering math and science programs ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Oak Ridge National LaboratoryOur partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory establishes a Volkswagen Scholars Program for upper division and post-graduate students interested in careers in the automotive industry. The program is run through Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a non-profit organization that works closely with Oak Ridge National Labs in the management of many of its student internship and post-graduate fellowship programs.

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