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January 31, 2011
Denver, Colorado – The American Indian College Fund (the Fund) received a renewal grant of $75,000 from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. to continue the Toyota Motor Sales Tribal College Scholarship Program. Each year, this program provides scholarship assistance to more than 100 students, helping them work toward obtaining their degrees at various tribal colleges and universities across the nation. The Fund, in partnership with Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., has been administering the program for more than a decade. It has supported nearly 1,000 American Indian tribal college students since the year 2000.
In addition to funding the scholarship program, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. takes part in a matching gift program by matching donations made to the Fund by Toyota employees. Toyota also has sponsored the Fund’s annual Flame of Hope Gala held, which raises awareness and funds to help more American Indian students achieve their goals of a higher education.
“Toyota recognizes the integral role that education plays in shaping a youth’s future and is honored to be involved with the American Indian College Fund,” said Michael Rouse, Toyota’s vice president of philanthropy and community affairs. “Through our contribution, we are hopeful that many students will be given the resources they need to make the dream of higher education a reality.”
“We are honored to continue our partnership with Toyota,” said Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund. “This program has been and will continue to be the key to many students pursuing their educational dreams.”
About Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers which sold more than 1.77 million vehicles in 2009. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion. Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen and focuses its support in the areas of education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed approximately $500 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S. For more information visit www.toyota.com, www.lexus.com, www.scion.com or www.toyotanewsroom.com.