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MAZDA AWARDS 29 SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

 MAZDA AWARDS 29 SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
 FLAT ROCK, Mich., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda awarded 29 outstanding high school students with the opportunity to spend six weeks in Japan, gaining firsthand knowledge and experience, through the company's ninth annual student exchange program. Ten of the 29 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 Flat Rock manufacturing plant. An additional nine scholarships were awarded to high school students of U.S. Mazda company and dealership employees.
 These 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.
 "It's an honor to give these 29 exceptional students the chance to extend their cultural horizons," said Yoshihiro Wada, president of Mazda Motor Corporation. "They are the future of the relationship between two interdependent nations."
 The Mazda scholarships provide students with the opportunity to experience everyday life in Japan by living with a Japanese host family. 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.
 Mazda conducts the program in cooperation with Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange, a non-profit educational organization, which has arranged more than 150,000 student exchanges between more than 30 countries, including the United States.
 This year Mazda increased the program to give 29 students, up from 20, the opportunity to study overseas in Japan. In previous years, Mazda offered seven nationwide scholarships, seven community scholarships in the downriver area of Southeast Michigan and six scholarships to students of U.S. Mazda company and dealership employees.
 "We are very happy to expand the community program throughout the entire Wayne and Monroe counties," said Masahiro Uchida, president of Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corporation. "When the students return from Japan, I hope they have a better understanding of the language, lifestyle and culture of the Japanese people."
 Recipients for the National Program are Ricky Baker, Monroe, N.C.; Justin Bergner, Bethesda, Md.; Amy Binkowski, Naugatuck, Conn.; Cindy Carey, Washington, D.C.; Megan Costello, Wilmington, Del.; Alexander Deussen, East Lansing, Mich.; Alexandra Harney, Chevy Chase, Md.; Missy Seligman, Louisville, Ky.; Andrea Talarico, Milford, N.H.; and Paul Wachter, Columbia, S.C.
 Recipients for the Michigan Community Program are Ryan Arthur, Trenton; Jill Cinglie, Erie; Amanda Hanak, Southgate; Christopher Heaton, Northville; Thomas Jastrzab, Flat Rock; Alison Leathers, Lambertville; Sonu Nanda, Livonia; Justine Sarasin, Redford; Carrie Shomsky, Woodhaven; and Kristen Wisler, Monroe.
 Recipients for the Employee Program are Crystal Clay, Christiansburg, Va.; Christy Nicholas, Livonia, Mich.; Sally Marchand, Detroit; Melissa Park, Jacksonville, Fla.; Sarah Roper, Dana Point, Calif.; Toby Schuler, N. Muskegon, Mich.; Nicole Shannon, Fond Du Lac, Wis.; Caryn Tatterton, Canton Township, Mich.; and Aaron Wood, Redlands, Calif.
 In addition to the 29 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.
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 /CONTACT: Carrie Stys of Mazda Information Bureau, 313-393-3315/ CO: Mazda Motor Corporation ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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