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MAZDA SPONSORS 11TH SUMMER STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM

 FLAT ROCK, Mich., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda continues its decade- long tradition of fostering international friendship and knowledge by offering American high school students a once-in-lifetime learning experience in Japan through the 1994 Mazda summer scholarship program. Since Mazda's scholarship program began in 1984, 190 American students from 34 different states have visited Japan, and 35 Japanese students participated in the exchange program to the U.S.
 Once again, Mazda will give 26 American high school students the chance to experience life in Japan during the summer of 1994.
 Ten of the 26 students will be selected from high schools across the nation and the other 10 will be selected from Wayne and Monroe counties in southeast Michigan, near Mazda's operations in Flat Rock. An additional six scholarships will be offered to high school students of U.S. Mazda company and dealership employees.
 "We are pleased that we can continue this educational tradition by giving 26 high school students the opportunity to experience Japan and its culture during a six week visit in the summer of 1994," said Yoshihiro Wada, president of Mazda Motor Corporation. "And we hope the students use the knowledge they gain to help them in their education and career choices."
 "Mazda is committed to the enrichment of education in the surrounding communities in which we live and work. The Mazda summer scholarship gives students in these commnities firsthand knowledge of the Japanese culture which they cannot fully experience through textbooks and classrooms," said Yoji Toyama, president of Mazda (North America), Inc.
 Mazda will sponsor the program in cooperation with Youth For Understanding (YFU) International Exchange, a private, non-profit educational exchange organization. YFU, founded in Ann Arbor, Mich., and now based in Washington, D.C., is one of the world's oldest and largest student exchange organizations.
 Students from high schools across the United States will be selected by YFU for Mazda on the basis of academic records, extracurricular activities, volunteer and/or work experience, teacher recommendations, written essays and general interest in the exchange experience. The selection will be made by YFU and a panel of community and education ?leaders.
 The exchange scholarship includes round-trip domestic and international transportation, orientation materials, counseling services, placement with a host family and a variety of special activities. Recipients will be responsible for arranging their own passports, medical insurance, excess luggage tariffs, and for personal spending money.
 The Mazda scholarships will give students the opportunity to experience day-to-day life in Japan by living with Japanese host families, taking part in local school and cultural activities and observing, firsthand, the workings of an auto manufacturing plant. These experiences are meant to contribute to the students' understanding of Japanese people and culture.
 Information concerning the Mazda summer scholarship program is available by calling YFU toll-free at 800-673-2728. The application fee is $35 and the deadline for submitting completed application forms is Nov. 19, 1993.
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 /CONTACT: Carrie McElwee of the Mazda Information Bureau, 313-393-3315/


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