Giving Back: Toyota Awards Students with Scholarship Funds
Paying for college can be a nightmare, especially when tuition seems to rise on an annual basis. These days, it’s not uncommon for students to leave school with tens of thousands of dollars worth of school loans—and many face much higher debt upon graduation. Faced with the overwhelming reality that it’ll take decades to pay back such a substantial loan amount, many students choose to attend less costly colleges in order to minimize their post-graduation debt. Others are awarded scholarships, such as the ones presented to students yesterday by Toyota.
The scholarship in question is made possible thanks to a partnership between Toyota and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). The scholarships were awarded to 21 Asian Pacific Islander American students on May 5th, and totaled $2,500 each. Toyota presented the scholarships to students at its annual awards dinner and reception, held Monday at the Toyota Automotive Museum in Torrance, California.
Scholarship recipients hailed from eight countries in the API (Asian Pacific Islander) region, including Taiwan, the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Bangladesh, and India. The scholarships were presented to students interested in pursuing higher education, and eventually careers, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Tracy Doi, vice president and chief financial officer of Toyota group, commented in a press release, “Toyota is proud to celebrate the outstanding academic achievements and community service of the 21 APIASF scholars. These recipients were selected from a pool of nearly 7,000 applicants, and we are thrilled to support our next generation of leaders.”
Some of the fields recipients plan to pursue include biology, biomechanical sciences, and mechanical engineering, and students have been accepted to a variety of prestigious universities, such as Stanford University, and the University of California, Berkeley.
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