Hoadley is Toyota Community Scholar Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) rewarded 100 high school seniors with $1.12 million in college scholarships for their commitment to education and community service at an awards banquet May 10 at Louisville, KY. Recipients include Jon Hoadley, Vermillion.
The winners, who make up the sixth class of Toyota Community Scholars, were chosen from a pool of over 11,000 students nationwide nominated by their schools. To be eligible, students must be proven leaders both in the classroom and in the communities in which they live.
Based on its accomplishments, the 2002 class learned at an early age that "giving back" to the community was not an obligation, but, rather, a way of life. Service projects ranged from raising money for muscular dystrophy research to developing an international program that helps care for orphans in Third World countries to bringing a community together to pay for the funeral of a drive-by-shooting victim.
"These students are reflections of everything that is good about this country. Their dedication to community service is an encouragement and inspiration to all of us," said James E. Press, executive vice president and chief operating officer of TMS. "We are proud to honor and salute what surely will be 100 of the future leaders of this country."
The scholarships are valued at $20,000 or $10,000 each, over four years, for a study at a four-year college or university starting in the fall of 2002. Since the Toyota Community Scholars program began in 1997, TMS has awarded $6.72 million in scholarships to 600 students across the U.S.
The Toyota Community Scholars program is administered by Education Testing Services in Princeton, NJ. The 12 national winners ($20,000 each) and 88 regional winners ($10,000 each) were selected by a panel of college and university admissions officials from across the U.S.
The scholarship winners were guests of honor May 10 at an awards banquet in Louisville that was attended by education, community, business and government leaders. Dr. Beck Weathers, a survivor of an ill-fated Mt. Everest expedition and author of Left for Dead, was the featured speaker.
The two-and-a-half-day program included a tour of Toyota Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., in Georgetown, which builds the Camry, Avalon and Sienna vehicles. In addition, the scholars cruised the Ohio River on the Belle of Louisville (a historic paddle wheeler) and attended college preparation briefings. On Saturday, May 11, the students participated in a community service project in downtown Louisville.