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VH1 Save The Music Foundation Launches New Partnership to Strengthen Music Programs in Public Schools at 20th Anniversary Gala

VH1 Save The Music Foundation Launches New Partnership to Strengthen Music Programs in Public Schools at 20th Anniversary Gala

October 17, 2017
NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2017 – VH1 Save The Music Foundation honored entertainment icon Queen Latifah as part of the Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala for her contributions to the world of music and commitment to providing low-income students with opportunities to pursue an education. A Newark native, Queen Latifah and the Foundation had recently announced a 5-year, $5 million project to rebuild music in 38 schools in the city. At the Gala, the Foundation also presented Steve Aoki with the Music Innovator Award for his impact on the music industry, his leadership as a philanthropist through the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund, and role as an outspoken advocate for music education. Toyota, which served as an event sponsor, presented DJ Khaled with the #ToyotaGiving Award for his role as a champion for music programs in schools and involvement as national spokesperson for VH1 Save The Music sister organization GET SCHOOLED.... more

National STEM Competition Scholarships and Prizes Await –  Who Will Be the Next Winning School Team?

National STEM Competition Scholarships and Prizes Await – Who Will Be the Next Winning School Team?

August 30, 2017
PLANO, Texas, August 24, 2017 – Students across the nation can earn more than good grades by participating in the Lexus Eco Challenge competition. They can help clean the air, land and water in their neighborhoods while being rewarded in the process. With a passion for engineering, math, science and technology, middle and high school students can vie for a chance to win part of $500,000 in prizes and scholarships.... more

Four Tribal Colleges Receive ‘Toyota TCU STEM Award’ from American Indian College Fund

Four Tribal Colleges Receive ‘Toyota TCU STEM Award’ from American Indian College Fund

August 23, 2017
August 17, 2017, DENVER – A program that encourages American Indians to pursue STEM education and environmental research earned Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, N.M. the ‘Toyota TCU STEM Award’ grand prize. SIPI received a Toyota vehicle and $5,000 to off-set maintenance and insurance costs.... more

Toyota announces record $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant

Toyota announces record $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant

April 10, 2017
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (April 10, 2017) – The future of automobile production is now. A $1.33 billion investment- the highest of any automaker in Kentucky and the second-largest in state history- will make Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) the first plant in North America to begin producing vehicles using Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Named the “Most American Made” car by Cars.com and the number one selling car in America for the past 15 years, the Camry, from the 2018 model year, will become the first Toyota vehicle made in the U.S. to fully incorporate the new vehicle development and production technology. ... more

Teens Across The Nation Get Creative in the Tenth Annual Lexus Eco Challenge One Sip at a Time and by Turning Trash into Music To Our Ears

Teens Across The Nation Get Creative in the Tenth Annual Lexus Eco Challenge One Sip at a Time and by Turning Trash into Music To Our Ears

April 06, 2017
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 6, 2017) – To sip or not to sip?  One man’s trash or treasure?  Inspired students are taking their passion in science, technology, engineering and math to a whole new level. By taking charge, learning about their environment, and making a positive impact on the world, students, teachers, and schools are being rewarded with $500,000 in scholarships and grants through the annual Lexus Eco Challenge. To learn more about the program and the winners visit: www.scholastic.com/lexus.... more

Toyota USA Foundation Grants $4 Million to California State University, Dominguez Hills to Prepare Students in Southern California for STEM Careers

Toyota USA Foundation Grants $4 Million to California State University, Dominguez Hills to Prepare Students in Southern California for STEM Careers

February 28, 2017
TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 28, 2017 – Toyota USA Foundation and California State University, Dominguez Hills announced today that together they will tackle workforce readiness issues head-on, creating a new Toyota Center for Innovation in STEM Education (Toyota Center) to inspire learning for students from kindergarten through college.... more

Tenth Annual Lexus Eco Challenge Launches with a Chance to Win $500,000

Tenth Annual Lexus Eco Challenge Launches with a Chance to Win $500,000

August 17, 2016
TORRANCE, Calif., (Aug. 17, 2016) – Over the past nine years, the Lexus Eco Challenge has been changing the lives of students and teachers across the U.S. Students have learned about the environment through hands-on projects, inspired their entire communities to improve the environment globally and   demonstrated their passion for science, technology, engineering and math.  Many have used their prize winnings to continue their schooling and pay for college.  The Lexus Eco Challenge is an excellent opportunity for middle and high school students to help clean the air, water, and land in their neighborhoods and beyond. To learn more about the program visit: http://www.scholastic.com/lexus.... more

Inspired Students Take Hormones and Algae to a Whole New Level in the Lexus Eco Challenge

Inspired Students Take Hormones and Algae to a Whole New Level in the Lexus Eco Challenge

April 13, 2016
TORRANCE, Calif. – April 13, 2016 – Who knew hormones and slimy green algae would help boost teens’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math, and win scholarship money?... more

Loving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Reaps Big Rewards –  Ninth Annual Lexus Eco Challenge Kicks off With a Chance to Win $500,000 in  Grants and Scholarships

Loving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Reaps Big Rewards – Ninth Annual Lexus Eco Challenge Kicks off With a Chance to Win $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships

August 17, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 17, 2015 –Students with a passion for science, technology, engineering and math are a breath of fresh air!  And the Lexus Eco Challenge is an excellent opportunity for middle and high school students across the U.S. to help clean the air, water, and land in their neighborhoods and beyond. ... more

Lexus Swings into Action at the U.S. Open Championship

Lexus Swings into Action at the U.S. Open Championship

June 15, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (June 15, 2015) — Fore! Get ready to cheer on your favorite world-class golfers during this year’s U.S. Open Championship June 18–21 at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington. Lexus returns as the official vehicle of the U.S. Open Championships in partnership with the United States Golf Association (USGA) to once again produce exciting moments that speak to performance, precision and perfection. ... more

Lexus Takes a Swing to Establish Endowment Supporting Careers in the Golf Industry with Scholarships at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Lexus Takes a Swing to Establish Endowment Supporting Careers in the Golf Industry with Scholarships at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

June 04, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. – June 4, 2015 – Lexus celebrates the accomplishments of the late African-American golf legend and pioneer, Charlie Sifford, by establishing “The Lexus Endowment” at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). This university is one of 19 schools that offer a PGA Golf Management program that covers a broad range of aspects of the golf enterprise, and the only historically black institution to offer such a program. ... more

Toyota USA Foundation Announces $1.9 Million in Grants to Support the Scientists, Innovators and Engineers of Tomorrow

Toyota USA Foundation Announces $1.9 Million in Grants to Support the Scientists, Innovators and Engineers of Tomorrow

April 20, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 20, 2015) –The Toyota USA Foundation announced $1.9 million in grants to K-12 educational programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and serve diverse communities.... more

Lexus Eco Challenge Stirs Students’ Studies - Learning About the Environment and Community Empowerment Reaps Rewards of $500,000

Lexus Eco Challenge Stirs Students’ Studies - Learning About the Environment and Community Empowerment Reaps Rewards of $500,000

April 16, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 16, 2015) – Who would have thought algae patties and cow patties would be the basis for scholarships and grants! Students across the nation are learning about the environment and making their communities a better place through science, technology, engineering and math. Using these studies, students, teachers and schools are being rewarded with $500,000 through the Lexus Eco Challenge.... more

Good Grades and Local Leadership Can Add Up to a $5,000 Scholarship – Second Annual Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship Kicks Off With $100,000 in Awards!

Good Grades and Local Leadership Can Add Up to a $5,000 Scholarship – Second Annual Lexus Verses and Flow Scholarship Kicks Off With $100,000 in Awards!

April 15, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 15, 2015) – Good news college students!  Hitting the books, listening to professors, acing classes and being a community leader can get you a $5,000 in scholarship.... more

Help Bring Harmony to the Environment for a Chance to Win $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships

Help Bring Harmony to the Environment for a Chance to Win $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships

August 26, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 26, 2014) – We know teenagers can be loud, but their small actions speak volumes. Committed young students from across the country have demonstrated that they can make an impact and make the world a better place just by learning about the environment and taking steps to make it better for their communities and world.  Through the Lexus Eco Challenge, more than 26,000 middle and high school students have earned over $4.5 million for themselves, their teachers, and their schools. ... more

Being in Touch With Your Senses Can Bring You Closer to Lexus, Milan and ¥2.5 Million

Being in Touch With Your Senses Can Bring You Closer to Lexus, Milan and ¥2.5 Million

August 13, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. - Aug. 13, 2014 – Ah, the sights, smells, sounds, tastes and feel of Milan in the spring!  Designers who have innovative ideas can enter the 2015 Lexus Design Award for a chance to display their works at the 2015 Milan Design Week, be mentored by international creatives and receive up to ¥2.5 million to build a prototype of their own. The third Lexus Design Award competition is open for entries!... more

Lexus Golf Activities in Full Swing at U.S. Open Championships

Lexus Golf Activities in Full Swing at U.S. Open Championships

June 09, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (June 9, 2014) — The U.S. Open Championships repeatedly produce some of the best moments in golf history and this year should be no different. For the first time, the world’s best male and female golfers will compete in back-to-back championships on the same course at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club in the Village of Pinehurst, NC, from June 9 to 22. Lexus is returning as the official vehicle of the U.S. Open Championships in partnership with the United States Golf Association (USGA®) and will provide over 400 courtesy vehicles to players, USGA professionals and associates throughout the Championship.... more

Lexus Gives More Than a Close Shave for St. Baldrick’s Foundation – Over $53,000  in Donations and Fundraising

Lexus Gives More Than a Close Shave for St. Baldrick’s Foundation – Over $53,000 in Donations and Fundraising

April 23, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 23, 2014) – Did you shave your head in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day? Some folks at Lexus and select dealers did to help St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research.... more

Lexus Looking for Close Shave on St. Patrick’s Day

Lexus Looking for Close Shave on St. Patrick’s Day

March 03, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif. (March 3, 2014) — How bold will you go for a good cause? To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the all-new Lexus IS, a performance sedan with an adventurous personality, Lexus is partnering with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, to create the Lexus Bold IS contest. This unique social media-driven challenge seeks out courageous people willing to shave their heads for a worthy cause—and the chance to win $2,500. The contest will help raise awareness about children’s cancer, and Lexus will donate $25,000 to St. Baldrick’s to help fund the best research to find cures for all childhood cancers.

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Students Get Dollars and Sense in Lexus Eco Challenge - $500, 000 Awarded to Teams Who Learn About Environment and Community Empowerment

Students Get Dollars and Sense in Lexus Eco Challenge - $500, 000 Awarded to Teams Who Learn About Environment and Community Empowerment

February 24, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., (Feb. 24, 2014)  – It’s a win, win situation! Communities become a better place, and students, teachers and schools have the chance to share $500,000 in scholarships and grants through the Lexus Eco Challenge.... more

Give Back with Lexus ‘Check In for Charity’ Campaign

Give Back with Lexus ‘Check In for Charity’ Campaign

December 23, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 23, 2013) — As an extension of its “December to Remember” Sales Event, Lexus is once again offering a “Check In for Charity” social component that helps its fans give back to a good cause. Now through Jan. 2, 2014, Facebook and Foursquare users can connect to the custom app by visiting LexusCheckInforCharity.com.... more

Lexus Eco Challenge Finalists Conquer Conservation and Climate Issues to Win $10,000  and a Chance to Compete for Up to $30,000 More

Lexus Eco Challenge Finalists Conquer Conservation and Climate Issues to Win $10,000 and a Chance to Compete for Up to $30,000 More

December 10, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif. – Dec. 10, 2013 – Trading cell phones for calculators, and fashion trends for lab coats, 32 middle and high school teams were selected as finalists for the Lexus Eco Challenge – claiming a $10,000 prize to be shared among the team, teacher and school. The winners will now compete in the Final Challenge for a chance to win one of two $30,000 grand prizes and eight $15,000 first-place awards.... more

Call for Entries: $500K Lexus Eco Challenge Kicks Off

September 03, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 3, 2013 – Some people think teenagers only care about their cell phones and weekend plans. However, the teenagers who participate in the Lexus Eco Challenge prove that they are dedicated to making the world a better place for future generations.
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Teens Changing Their World and Ours: $500,000 in Eco Grants and Scholarships Awarded

March 21, 2013
TORRANCE, Calif., March 21, 2013 – From California to New York, student teams were recognized today for making the world a better place by improving the environment. A total of $500,000 in scholarships and grants was awarded to teens, teachers and schools.... more

Call For Entries: $500k Lexus Eco Challenge Revs Up

September 25, 2012
TORRANCE, Calif., (Sept. 25, 2012) – Young people are committed to making a difference in the world, and for the sixth year, their efforts will be rewarded through the Lexus Eco Challenge. An educational program and contest, the Lexus Eco Challenge has inspired and empowered more than 22,000 middle and high school students to learn about the environment and take action to improve it. For their efforts, more than $3.5 million has been awarded to students, teachers and schools across the nation. This fall, students are invited to participate for a chance to win part of $500,000 in grants and scholarships. Lexus, the luxury automaker, has once again joined with Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, to create the eco-friendly educational school program.
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