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TOYOTA AWARDS 29 INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE SCHOLARSHIPS

 NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota's U.S. operations announced today that they have awarded 29 more scholarships to American high school students to participate in the "Summer in Japan" program run by Youth For Understanding, one of the largest international exchange organizations in America. This year's awards bring Toyota-sponsored scholarships to nearly 300 since 1975. Toyota's investment in the program this year exceeds $100,000.
 Youth For Understanding (YFU) is a private, non-profit educational organization that has worked since the early 1950's to enhance international understanding through the sponsorship of student exchanges. The scholarship recipients, who were selected by YFU on the basis of academic performance and vigorous extracurricular involvement, will spend six weeks living with a Japanese host family. During their stay they will be totally immersed in the way of life of a typical Japanese teenager and exposed to the culture, language, and traditions of Japan. At the same time, the U.S. students will act as roving good- will ambassadors, introducing their Japanese counterparts to American culture. YFU is founded on the concept that such exchange brings young people in both countries to a greater understanding of the world.
 Toyota was the first corporation to sponsor YFU programs and remains one of its largest corporate sponsors.
 The applications for the Toyota sponsored program tripled since last year. The students, who come from across the U.S., will gather in San Francisco today for a comprehensive orientation program presented by Toyota and YFU. They will depart San Francisco for Japan on June 20 and return to the U.S. on Aug. 2.
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 /CONTACT: Youth For Understanding, 800-424-3691, or Tim Andree of Toyota Motor Corp. Services, 212-664-4872/


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