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Toyota partners with Rainbow PUSH Excel to invest in Jesse Jackson Fellow Scholars

(August 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 of college.

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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