Texas, March 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- From
electrical engineering to computer science, Hispanic students are
determined to apply their educational and professional goals to
better the world. While each scholar has their own unique story,
one thread connects them all: perseverance.
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Recognition of that perseverance is the purpose of Toyota's
Nunca Pares (Never Settle) Scholarship campaign. In
partnership with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
(SHPE), the campaign awarded three students with a $25,000 scholarship each. The scholars were
celebrated at a ceremony held at Toyota's North American
headquarters in Plano, Texas on
- Giana Aguilar-Valencia – junior
at DePaul University, studying computer
- Ruben Bonett – junior at
Texas A&M University, College
Station, studying electrical engineering
- Maximiliano Pombo Hernández – junior at Texas A&M University, College Station, studying
With these scholarships, Toyota joins SHPE in the shared mission
of expanding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
opportunities for Hispanic students. Each student demonstrated
unyielding determination to making their dreams come true.
"We recognize these students for their commitment to creating
solutions for a better tomorrow," said Tellis Bethel, group vice president, Social
Innovation, Toyota Motor North America. "Driving educational
opportunities to Hispanic students is important to the development
of future innovations for a more equitable and sustainable society.
We're excited to see how far these students go and to have the
opportunity be a part of their continued educational journey."
For more than 20 years, Toyota has engaged with SHPE on a
regional and national level, including participation in their
national conference. Toyota's college programs with SHPE
encompass recruitment efforts, co-ops, internships and
"We're excited to see this scholarship opportunity come to life
for our members thanks to Toyota," stated Monique Herrera, chief external relations
officer, SHPE. "The Toyota Nunca Pares Scholarship gives
these students the opportunity to continue pursuing their higher
education goals by providing much needed financial support so they
can achieve their dreams."
Katya Echazarreta joined the
ceremony to share her inspiring story. As an electrical engineer
and the first Mexican-born woman to travel to space, Katya's
journey to becoming one of the youngest women in space exemplifies
her resolve to be an example of success for others pursuing a
career in STEM.
Toyota's Nunca Pares brand campaign celebrates Latino's
collective spirit of pushing forward, to never give up on achieving
their goals, regardless of the challenges. It was developed by
Toyota's marketing agency, Conill.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the
U.S. for more than 65 years, and is committed to advancing
sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus
brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships.
Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who
have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of more
than 33 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants.
By 2025, Toyota's 10th plant in North
Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for
electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road
than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 20 electrified
options, with more in showrooms later this year.
To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based
fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education
hub at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and
chance to virtually visit many of our U.S. manufacturing
facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based
lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips
and more. For more information about Toyota,
SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) is a nonprofit
organization serving and advancing Hispanics in STEM. With more
than 13,000 student and professional members, SHPE's mission is to
change lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its
fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness,
access, support, and development. To accomplish this, SHPE provides
a variety of programming, services, resources, and events,
including hosting the largest Hispanic STEM convention in the
nation. For more information, visit http://shpe.org.
Toyota Motor North America
Conill for Toyota
SOURCE Toyota Motor North America