18 January, 2015

In honor of the life and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced that it has made a donation totaling US$ 50,000 to five Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs).

The five recipients of a US$ 10,000 TFS donation, Bowie State University, Saint George's County, Maryland; Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware; Howard University, Washington, D.C.; Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia; and Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland all provide exceptional educational opportunities within many of the communities in which TFS operates.

"While at Morehouse, Dr. King observed that 'Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of life'," said Mike Groff, TFS President and CEO. "To help further the principles he so effectively championed, and in keeping with TFS' deeply held commitment to diversity and inclusion, TFS is honored to support the mission of HBCUs and the dreams they help make possible."

"In the years since we launched our Making Life Easier program to support education initiatives, after-school programs and financial literacy among underserved youth, TFS has provided millions of dollars in scholarships to deserving students across the nation and our associates have devoted their time and talents to many meaningful national- and community-based programs," added John Ridgeway, Corporate Manager, Customer Service Center - East for TFS, who presented the donations to each institution on behalf of the company.

"As an extension of our existing relationship with HBCUs, including a partnership with the Toyota Green Initiative, we believe our contribution to these fine institutions will help them with the critical task of addressing issues that impact student retention and will help create a bright future for the populations they serve."


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