Over $350,000 awarded to serve children, education and environment

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2012

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Board of Trustees of the Mazda
Foundation (USA), Inc., have announced the grant recipients for the 2013
fiscal year (ending September 30, 2013). As the corporate foundation of Mazda
North American Operations (MNAO), the Mazda Foundation has donated more than
$8 million to children's organizations, educational scholarships, food banks,
environmental programs and disaster relief efforts since 1992.

In FY 2013, over $300,000 in grants will be awarded to 11 organizations that
work to enrich the lives of the members of their respective communities.
Grants were awarded to:

  oChallenged Athletes Foundation, San Diego, CA
  oClemson University International Center for Automotive Research,
    Greenville, SC
  oDillard University, New Orleans, LA
  oGleaner's Community Food Bank, Detroit, MI
  oHispanic Scholarship Fund, San Francisco, CA
  oMission Hospital, Mission Viejo, CA
  oProject Access, Newport Beach, CA
  oSecond Harvest Food Bank, Irvine, CA
  oShoes That Fit, Claremont, CA
  oStudent Conservation Association, Charlestown, NH
  oYouth For Understanding, Bethesda, MD

Additionally, $50,000.00 will be awarded to organizations selected by each of
the five regional offices of MNAO.

"We're proud that the Foundation is able to give back to the many communities
in which we work and live," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO of MNAO and
chairman of the Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. "Mazda and its employees are
active participants in their communities and by supporting these outstanding
organizations we are helping build a better and brighter future for many under
privileged and challenged individuals."

The Operation Rebound Program of the Challenged Athletes Foundation program
assists injured military personnel in pursuing active lifestyles of physical
fitness and competitive athletics. Operation Rebound provides adaptive
equipment, coaching, training and competition expenses to troops sustaining
injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan and to first responders, helping them pursue
an active lifestyle despite their injuries.

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)
is a state-of-the-art education program in the Southeast that focuses on
automotive research and other transportation and advanced manufacturing
issues. As part of the partnership, the Mazda Foundation supports the CU-ICAR
/ Mazda Annual Graduate Fellowship Program, from which three fellowships are
provided to graduate students majoring in automotive engineering at the
university. The fellowships are performance-based and renewable for up to
three years.

Dillard University, a private, liberal arts, Historically Black College or
University, located in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana, has partnered with
the Mazda Foundation since 1998 to fund the Mazda Scholars Program which
provides scholarships to students who are majoring in Business and
International Business.

In light of Mazda's operations near Detroit and the area's high unemployment
rate, the Mazda Foundation has partnered with Gleaners Community Food Bank
since 2010. The Mazda Foundation grant supports Gleaners School-based Mobile
Pantry Program. This program is an emergency food pantry on wheels; a trailer
filled with food for school children and their families, which arrives at the
school. Each family receives 50 pounds of food, including fresh produce,
grains and high protein items.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Mazda Foundation award tuition
scholarships to Latino students attending the University of California at
Irvine and California State University at Fullerton as well as four local
community colleges. Mazda has provided college scholarships to over 188 Latino
college students and has provided over $670,000 in support to HSF.

Located in Mission Viejo, California, the Mission Hospital provides patients
with high quality, accessible and affordable medical and surgical care along a
continuum, as well as wellness and health promotion programs for the entire
community. Contributions from the Mazda Foundation will be used to fund the
addition of two new operating rooms to meet the surgical demand at the

The Project Access After-School Tutoring and Enrichment Program in Orange
County targets school-age youth by providing after-school tutoring / homework
help, computer and Internet instruction / access, educational games, reading
groups as well as productive enrichment activities, e.g. arts and crafts,
physical activities, healthy snacks, character education, teen activities,
service projects and field trips. Contributions from Mazda go toward
after-school homework help supplies, youth enrichment activities, field trip
expenses, and upgrades of the computer labs.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, CA, collects food and distributes
it to more than 385 local member charities. These non-profit agencies include
senior centers, rehabilitation centers, shelters, church pantries, homes for
abused children and many other emergency assistance organizations. The Mazda
Foundation's funding specifically helps initiatives designed to alleviate
hunger and malnutrition among the elderly, a program designed to curb the
effects of malnutrition experienced by children living in poverty, and a
holiday project created to provide traditional holiday meals for those who
would otherwise go without.

Shoes That Fit, operating out of Claremont, CA, helps build the self-esteem of
schoolchildren in need by providing them with new shoes and clothing so that
they can attend school in comfort and with dignity. In Southern California
where Mazda's headquarters is located, more than 103,000 schoolchildren in
need received new shoes and clothing.

In order to demonstrate the Mazda Foundation's commitment to environmental
preservation, a partnership was forged with the Student Conservation
Association in 1998 to create the Mazda "Save Our American Resources" (SOAR)
program. Through SOAR, Mazda sponsors a natural or cultural resource assistant
at a national park, forest or monument in each of the 50 states. Resource
assistants provide services ranging from trail maintenance and protection of
endangered species to guided historical monument tours.

For 28 years, Mazda has been promoting cross-cultural relations between the
U.S. and Japan through its contributions to Youth For Understanding. In 2013,
Mazda scholarship funding will provide an opportunity for six high-school aged
students to spend six-weeks in Japan during the summer. Each year,
approximately half of the scholarships are given to children of MNAO employees
or Mazda dealer employees. The remaining scholarships are awarded based on a
nationwide competition open to all high school students. Students live for six
weeks with a Japanese host family, learn to speak and write Japanese, and
immerse themselves in daily life.

To learn more about the Mazda Foundation, please visit

SOURCE Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc.

Contact: Tamara Mlynarczyk, Mazda Foundation, +1-202-467-5092
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