partners with Rainbow PUSH Excel to invest in Jesse Jackson Fellow
31, 2015) Toyota is partnering with Rainbow PUSH Excel to provide
$75,000 scholarships to ten deserving engineering and business college
students through the Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. Fellows Scholarships. As an
encouragement for all students to put their best foot forward and take
their education seriously, the scholarship recipients received their
awards at the Annual Rainbow PUSH Back-To-School Rally in Chicago.
"The scholarship recipients were selected from hundreds of applicants,"
said Simon Nagata, chief administrative officer, Toyota North America.
"Toyota is proud to recognize and invest in the outstanding academic
achievements of these 10 scholars. The commitment to community service
and personal excellence of these future leaders is truly inspiring, and
we are excited to be a part of their journey."
With STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professional jobs
going unfilled, Toyota is preparing to fill the pipeline with qualified
candidates. These extraordinary students' studies range from chemical to
mechanical engineering to business finance and marketing; while
hometowns stretch from Cameroon, Central Africa to Chicago, IL. Students
had to also demonstrate participation in community service, be in
financial need, and were required to obtain sophomore status as of
August 1, 2015.
The $25,000 scholarship is renewable each year for a maximum three-year
period. In order to receive the award each year, the students must
maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the school year. In
addition to the scholarships, Toyota is offering these students the
opportunity to work at one of their facilities across North America to
gain valuable real-world experience, as well as be paired with mentors
from Toyota management to help guide them through the next three years
The selection process was both rigorous and comprehensive. A group of 20
student semi-finalists went through a structured selection process which
involved written essays, letters of recommendations and rounds of onsite
interviews involving several members of Rainbow PUSH Excel, as well as
Toyota's executive and management teams in Northern Kentucky. The group
was narrowed down to 10 students who were awarded the scholarships.
These extraordinary students' studies range from chemical to mechanical
engineering to business finance and marketing; while hometowns stretch
from Cameroon, Central Africa to Chicago, IL.
"We are extremely proud of these students and are passionate about
lifting any burden or obstacle that may prevent these distinguished
students from reaching their highest potential," said Rev. Jesse L.
Jackson, Sr., founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. "Students
who prove themselves capable and eager deserve every opportunity within
reach to become all they set out to be in life. We thank Toyota for
their generous support and for sharing in our vision to improve the
academic lives of these students."
As part of the selection process students took an in-depth tour of
Toyota's largest vehicle manufacturing facility in North America, Toyota
Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. in Georgetown, KY; were guided
through the various disciplines of running a local Toyota dealership;
and through management and employee discussions learned about the local
and global history of Toyota. They were also treated to a local minor
league baseball game.
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