UNCF Toyota Scholars Program Drives Educational Opportunity

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Driven by the belief that mobility is an essential component of the human experience where everyone has the freedom to move, many of Toyota’s community efforts focus on education. Together with our partners, Toyota is working to prepare, motivate and inspire students for high-growth STEM careers. 

Access to opportunity, a diverse talent and workforce pipeline and a culture of inclusion start with support for education. By partnering with the United Negro College Fund, the nation’s largest minority education organization, Toyota awards and sustains scholarships through the UNCF Toyota Scholars Program.

UNCF Toyota Scholars Program is a professional development initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and connects Toyota to all 37 schools who are members of the UNCF network. 

The Path to Achievement

The program offers scholarships to students at HBCUs plus career-readiness training, internship opportunities and other tools for success. UNCF Toyota Scholars Program supports college success and completion for high-achieving minority students, while preparing scholars for career opportunities at organizations like Toyota. The forms of support offered give students a varied range of experiences and exposure to future careers.  

Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,500 per academic year. The UNCF Toyota Scholars Program pays towards all eligible items in a student’s cost of attendance, including, tuition and fees, room and meals, books and supplies, travel and other related costs.

In addition, scholars will participate in the virtual “Toyota Day” Summit to learn more about career opportunities at Toyota and its employee culture. In addition, the day offers strategies for success in the workplace. At these twice-a-semester events, two scholars will win a $2,500 merit-based scholarship for participating.

Providing Access to Opportunity

The UNCF Toyota Scholars Program also prepares a path to professional opportunity. Scholars are selected annually to participate in a 12-week paid summer internship at Toyota and receive a merit-based scholarship of up to . Housing and travel to and from the internship will be provided.

Additionally, during a three-day professional development and leadership conference, invited Scholars will learn the skills needed to be successful interns and early career professionals.

The connection to leaders at Toyota starts early, as scholars participate in a virtual Case Competition with other HBCU students, created and judged by Toyota executives, to compete for merit-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. After graduation, these scholars will receive priority consideration for career opportunities at Toyota post-graduation.

For more information, check out the UNCF Toyota Scholars Program microsite as part of