Toyota has donated $10,000 each to five Historically Black Colleges and Universities, or HBCUs, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Toyota Financial Services will also donate $10,000 to the Tom Joyner Foundation.
The Tom Joyner Foundation is an organization that provides academic support, scholarships, and programming to more than 80 HBCUs in the southern and eastern US.
Thomas Joyner, Jr., President and CEO of the Tom Joyner Foundation, said the Foundation is glad to be partnering with Toyota for the third year in a row to “[support] the vision of HBCUs,” and went onto express how important it is to invest in these schools.
The five schools that received scholarship money were Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Winston-Salem State University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas.
Their support of HBCUs is part of what has let Toyota earn a place on the DiversityInc Top 50 companies list for nine years in a row as well as gain recognition from Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business. The Human Rights Campaign called Toyota one of the Best Places to Work and a Best Company for Diversity.