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MAZDA AWARDS 26 SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS; NEARLY 200 SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED IN 10 YEARS OF THE PROGRAM

 FLAT ROCK, Mich., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda will give 26 exceptional U.S. high school students the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study abroad for six weeks in Japan this summer, gaining first-hand knowledge about the country's culture through the company's annual summer exchange program.
 In addition to the 26 scholarships awarded to students across the United States, the Mazda exchange program also includes scholarships for five Japanese students who live with host families in the United States for one year. A total of 194 American and Japanese students have participated in Mazda's international exchange program since 1984.
 "It's rewarding to know that Mazda has challenged the knowledge and thinking of almost 200 students through their exchange program experiences," said Yoshihiro Wada, president of Mazda Motor Corporation. "These students are, and will continue to be, the future of the relationship between two interdependent nations."
 The students were selected on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, volunteer and/or work experience, teacher recommendations and general suitability for a cross-cultural exchange experience.
 Ten of the 26 students were selected from high schools across the nation and 10 others were selected from Wayne and Monroe counties in Southeast Michigan, near the automaker's manufacturing base in Flat Rock. An additional six scholarships were awarded to high school students of U.S. Mazda company and dealership employees.
 The Mazda scholarships provide U.S. students with the opportunity to experience everyday life in Japan by living with Japanese host families. They are encouraged to participate in local academic and cultural activities as well as observe the workings of Mazda's automotive manufacturing systems during their six-week stay in Japan.
 "We are very pleased to give 10 outstanding students from Southeast Michigan the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Japan and its culture," said Yoji Toyama, president of Mazda (North America), Inc., located in Flat Rock. "When the students return from Japan, I hope they have a better understanding of the language, lifestyle and culture of the Japanese people."
 Mazda conducts the program in cooperation with Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange, a non-profit education organization, which has arranged more than 170,000 student exchanges between more than 30 countries, including the United States.
 Recipients for the National Program are: Benny Adler, New York; Elizabeth Andre, Ames, Iowa; Jennifer Blair, Knoxville, Iowa; Karen Eisner, McLean, Va.; Richard Gerritts, Little Chute, Wis.; Holly Leddy, Amherst, N.H.; Kirsten Nelson, Lamoine, Maine; Kavita Thomas, Palm Harbor, Fla.; Megan Von Gremp, Bentonville, Ark.; and Genevieve Weber, Westfield, N.J.
 Recipients for the Michigan Community Program are: Colleen Brown, Detroit; Jennifer Evans, Flat Rock; Gayle Green, DearboH?eights; Kimberly Jacek, Hamtramck; Andrew Kandrevas, Southgate; Heather Loeckner, Trenton; Sylvia Looney, Highland Park; Elayne Provost, Allen Park; Brandon Randles, Garden City; and Karol Zieleniec, Dearborn Heights.
 Recipients for the Employee Program are: Jennifer Dye, Tifton, Ga.; Chad Hill, Westerville, Ohio; Jennifer Jameson, Freehold, N.Y.; Jodie Outlaw, Mount Olive, N.C.; Josie Sewell, Coffeyville, Kan.; and Timothy Smith, Corona, Calif.
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 /CONTACT: Carrie McElwee of Mazda Information Bureau, 313-393-3315/


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