Toyota Financial Services Celebrates Academic Success

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Toyota Financial Services Celebrates Academic Success

2015 MLE scholarship recipients receive backpacks filled with supplies in preparation for college this fall.

2015 MLE scholarship recipients receive backpacks filled with supplies in preparation for college this fall.

The cost of higher education can be challenging for many students, but for 100 high school students across the country, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is helping alleviate some of the worry.

TFS celebrated the academic excellence of this year’s Making Life Easier (MLE) scholarship recipients. Events across the country are being held in honor of the 100 scholars, which recipients, family members and Toyota team members attended. At TFS headquarters in Torrance, CA, TFS President and CEO Mike Groff and other special guests shared their inspiring stories of how determination, hard work and higher education helped advance their careers and improve their personal lives.

Corporate Manager Chris Brenner; Al Smith, Group Vice President, Service Operations & Corporate Planning; and Community Relations Manager Carolyn Huber congratulate an MLE scholar from the Phoenix, AZ area.

Corporate Manager Chris Brenner; Al Smith, Group Vice President, Service Operations & Corporate Planning; and Community Relations Manager Carolyn Huber congratulate an MLE scholar from the Phoenix, AZ area.

TFS has provided over $4.4 million in scholarship awards to more than 600 deserving students as part of the MLE scholarship program. TFS helps students from kindergarten through college, and even beyond through its MLE Summer Intern program. This year, TFS provided $1 million to 100 scholarship recipients who not only demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, but also actively volunteer to improve their local communities. Montebello Unified School District educator Karen Ho received the 2015 George Borst Community Leader Award in recognition of her commitment to the community and will receive $25,000 towards a doctoral degree in education.

2015 MLE scholarship recipients are honored at Toyota headquarters in Torrance, CA.

2015 MLE scholarship recipients are honored at Toyota headquarters in Torrance, CA.

Award recipients were selected from 65 nonprofit community partners, including local Boys & Girls Clubs, New Pathways for Youth, A Place Called Home, Chandler Education Foundation, Carson Senior High School, National Consumers League, Rainbow Push Coalition, North High School, Clark High School through The Public Education Foundation, Community’s Child and Los Angeles Team Mentoring.

Congratulations Toyota Financial Services!