Toyota scholarship for Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) students
Toyota has awarded tuition support to 21 college-bound Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines from southern California. In partnership with Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), Toyota presented recipients a $2,500 scholarship toward a degree in a STEM field.
The selected students’ heritages trace to 8 countries in the API region. This includes China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, India and Bangladesh. Scholarships were presented to students with intended majors ranging from biomedical sciences to mechanical engineering, and have been accepted to universities including University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University on May 5, 2014 at Toyota’s third annual awards dinner and reception at the Toyota Automotive Museum in Torrance, Calif.
“By awarding me the APIASF/Toyota Scholarship, I am able to concentrate on what is important for my education,” says scholarship recipient Julliane Bacerdo from Community Charter Early College High School who plans to study biology at San Diego State University and pursue a career in the medical field.”Your generosity has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal.”
“Toyota is proud to celebrate the outstanding academic achievements and community service of the 21 APIASF scholars,” said Tracey Doi, Toyota group vice president and chief financial officer. “These recipients were selected from a pool of nearly 7,000 applicants, and we are thrilled to support our next generation of leaders.”
Doi is an advocate of Toyota Asian American Society in Alliance (TAASiA), an employee resource group that leverages the strength of a growing APIA population within Toyota in order to foster an environment and corporate culture of diversity and inclusion.
Toyota also hosted its executives Karen Ideno, Ron Chu, Elaine S. Matsuda and Nihar Patel, who participated in a panel discussion on the topic, “What has inspired you in your personal and professional development?” All active TAASiA members, the panel participants provided the audience a deeper insight on life and career experiences to the young scholars as they embark on their college journey.