AIKCU distributes $70,000 in Toyota scholarships

Toyota Georgetown LogoAIKCU recently received $70,000 from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) to provide scholarships for deserving students at Kentucky’s nonprofit private colleges and universities.

The $70,000 gift from Toyota provides a $3,500 scholarship for one student at each AIKCU member institution. Recipients are selected based on financial need, with a priority given to first generation and/or minority students and a special emphasis on supporting female students.

The Toyota Scholarship makes an immediate impact in the lives of these students, as noted in thank you notes to the officers of the company:

Words cannot explain the gratitude I feel for how grateful I am to receive the Toyota Scholarship. My education has enabled me to start my life and strive for a great job one day. This scholarship has allowed me to continue my education at Bellarmine and that means the world to me. Bellarmine has given me everything I need to work as a teammate, a good student, and a great employee. Because of this scholarship I have been able to stay my last couple years at Bellarmine and continue to make a difference I want to thank you for giving me that chance. —  Ann Marie, Bellarmine University

Graduating college is a very big deal to me. I will be the first person in my family to obtain a college degree….Being an independent student, I am very fortunate to have an academic scholarship through the university, as well as financial aid that allows me to attend school. I am so fortunate to be able to come to Campbellsville University with just a few loans. However, taking out loans each year does add up….The scholarship money I will be getting from the TMMK Named Scholars Program will allow me to cancel my loans for the spring semester and that is such a blessing to me. This is such a wonderful gift and I am so thankful to be receiving this money. You will never know what this means to me! — Corie Beth, Campbellsville University

Thank you so much for this opportunity! As you know, college is expensive and this scholarship is tremendous help to a single parent like myself….I cannot express how grateful I am to receive this scholarship. It takes such a financial burden from my shoulders. — Tessa, Kentucky Wesleyan College

On behalf of all our member institutions, AIKCU thanks TMMK and its employees for their longstanding support of Kentucky private college students. Toyota has supported students at Kentucky’s private colleges since the company came to Kentucky in 1986 through AIKCU’s Named Scholars Program.