PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Mazda Foundation is pleased
to announce the six recipients of the Mazda scholarships to the 2013 Youth For
Understanding (YFU) international high school exchange program in Japan. The
scholarship winners will spend six weeks this summer living with host families
near Mazda's worldwide headquarters in Hiroshima.

The following sons and daughters of MNAO and Mazda Dealer employees received

Samuel Fields             Nate Sookwongse
MNAO                      MNAO
Bollingbrook, Illinois    Buena Park, California
Brandon Rothweiler        Shawn Woleslagle
MNAO                      Drivers Village Burdick Mazda
Fiskdale, Massachusetts   Liverpool, New York
In addition, two national winners received scholarships:
Alaisa Cowherd            Luis Gruber
Virginia Beach, Virginia  Weston, Florida

Since 1984, The Mazda Foundation has funded Youth for Understanding (YFU) in
order to promote cross-cultural understanding between America and Japan. The
YFU scholarship from the Mazda Foundation, which is valued at $9,895.00,
provides round-trip domestic and international air travel, placement with a
specially selected host family in Japan for six weeks, a pre-departure
orientation and support services provided by YFU in Japan and the U.S.

This year's select group of students will join the more than 250,000 young
people who have participated in an exchange program with YFU.

The program begins at the University of California, Berkeley, with a three-day
pre-departure orientation, which emphasizes Japanese language, culture and
etiquette. Students then fly to Japan, where they learn about Japanese culture
by living with Japanese host families, participating in local activities,
visiting schools and one-on-one interaction with their host families. The
students' Japan experience will culminate with a visit to Mazda's Headquarters
in Hiroshima where they will have the opportunity to meet with Mazda Motor
Corporation engineers and designers.

The Mazda Foundation is proud to be able to provide this truly unique
opportunity to such a diverse group of high school students.

About the Mazda Foundation (USA) Inc.

Acting on a strong sense of responsibility to give something back to the
communities in which it operates, Mazda established a philanthropic
foundation. As the corporate foundation of Mazda North American Operations, it
has awarded nearly $8 million to worthwhile causes across the United States
since its initial grants in 1992.

SOURCE Mazda Foundation (USA) Inc.

Contact: Tamara Mlynarczyk, Mazda, North American Operations, (202) 467-5092
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