The rising cost of tuition can be a concern for many college-bound students and their families. For the last decade, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) has partnered with local and national nonprofits to provide financial support, educational opportunities, and development resources for underserved youth through its Making Life Easier (MLE) scholarship program.
Each year, TFS makes life easier by providing $1 million in scholarship assistance to 100 college-bound students who have achieved academic success and made a difference in their communities.
On June 2, TFS honored its 2016 MLE scholars and their families at its 10th annual Community Day event in Torrance, CA, while commemorating the 10th anniversary of TFS’ MLE scholarship program. MLE 2016 scholarship recipient Heidi Ramos and past scholarship recipient Miguel Ruiz shared their very personal and inspiring stories of how TFS is helping them achieve their academic goals and make a difference in their communities. And, celebrity guest Earvin “Magic” Johnson and TFS CEO and President Mike Groff shared their stories of how higher education helped change their lives.
Since 2007, TFS has awarded nearly 900 students more than $5.5 million in scholarship funding based on their academic achievements and community involvement. Originating with the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Los Angeles, the MLE scholarship program now includes community partners such as Chandler Education Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts and select nonprofit partners across the nation.