Toyota and Its Minnesota Dealers Sponsor the 'Drive For Education' Contest

Minnesota's High Schools Are Eligible To Win $50,000 In Grant Money

Jan 22, 2010, 14:16 ET from Toyota Motor Sales

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ --Toyota and the Minnesota Toyota Dealers are supporting secondary education in Minnesota by sponsoring the "Drive For Education" contest.

To commemorate its twenty-first year of involvement with Minnesota high school students, the automaker and its local dealers are providing $50,000 in cash grants for this statewide competition. Toyota will help select 14 schools that can best demonstrate the need to use the funds toward the betterment of education in classrooms, facilities or student programs. Ultimately, two schools will win $10,000 each and 12 schools will receive $2,500 each.  All winners will be announced during KSTC-TV, Chanel 45's coverage of the Boy's Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament, March 10-13, in St. Paul.

"We are excited to be sponsoring this worthwhile program," said Shawn Caso, Regional Merchandising Manager for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.'s Chicago sales office. "For more than two decades, Toyota and its dealers have donated more than $400,000 to further education in the state of Minnesota. We look forward to helping 14 deserving high schools bolster their educational programs and pursuits."

To enter the "Drive For Education" contest, students must write a short essay specifically detailing how their school could use the $2,500 and $10,000 prizes to enhance education, with specific monetary earmarks (e.g. towards a new facility, new equipment, teen education program or disability program). The entry form and contest information can be obtained by visiting and clicking on "Drive For Education" or by contacting Sarah Hall, Marketing Coordinator at KSTC-TV, at (651) 642-4378 or via email at

The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, February 10.

About Toyota

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion.  Established in 1957, TMS markets products and services through a network of more than 1,400 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers.  Toyota directly employs nearly 34,000 people in the U.S. and sold more than 1.77 million vehicles in 2009.  For more information about Toyota, visit,, or

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