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Making Life Easier Scholarship Program

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) proudly announces its 2019 Making Life Easier (MLE) Scholarship Program that will award up to $1 million to college-bound students associated with select community partners. Recipients will be selected from all eligible applicants based on financial need and community service. Students can apply for scholarships of up to $20,000 that will be distributed over four years.


Applicants must:

  • be between the ages of 16 and 26 as of the application deadline date and be members, alumni or staff of one of the listed non-profit partners* (volunteers are eligible only if they also meet organization requirements of being members, alumni or staff)
  • be high school seniors, graduates, current postsecondary undergraduate, or graduate students have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent degree by September 2019
  • plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, professional school or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire 2019-20 academic year
  • have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • be in good standing in the community and at school (i.e. not on disciplinary or academic probation)

Application Process

Before completing the application please read the following instructions carefully. Please note the program procedures and important dates. Print this information and keep on file for future reference.

Only online applications via this website will be accepted. You, the student, are responsible for gathering and submitting all required information. This is a competitive program. Your application is evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all applicable questions as completely as possible. Read and carefully follow the instructions provided for each section of the application.

Before starting, you may wish to gather the following information needed to submit your application:

  • Parent or alternate contact’s telephone number and email address
  • Your most recent transcript of grades Community service activities performed during the last four years
  • Extracurricular activities involved in during the last four years
  • Financial information from the 2017 U.S. 1040 tax return. Submit a note of explanation if a 2017 IRS Form 1040 was not filed.
    1. If the student applicant is claimed as a dependent, use the parent’s.
    2. If the applicant is independent, the financial data is to be the student’s.
  • Consult the Toyota Financial Services Making Life Easier “Writing Your Scholarship Essay Self-Study Workbook” found within the application to help write the two following essays.
    • Essay Question One: Describe a significant experience you’ve had (i.e. achievement, obstacle or challenge) and discuss its impact – positive or negative – on your life and how it might impact your future. (Limit 2000 characters, including spaces or approximately 400 words.)
    • Essay Question Two: How did your involvement with the Boys & Girls Club or other community service activity contribute to your personal development and future goals? (Limit 1000 characters, including spaces or approximately 200 words.)