Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., recently awarded 28 scholarships totaling $72,000 for children of Yamaha dealers and their employees.
The Yamaha Motorsports Dealership Scholarship Program rewards students for excellence in academics, community involvement, leadership and writing and communication skills.
Jake Coplen, of Roseville, Calif., is a great example of this year’s class of Yamaha scholarship recipients. “Jake is a very hard worker and really tried to give back to the community, including Placer Food Bank, in which he organized a street motorcycle ride that raised $2,000,” Sean Coplen of Roseville Yamaha said of his son’s recent Yamaha scholarship. “As a dealer, it really fills me with a huge sense of pride to be associated with a company that still takes these programs seriously, even during tough times.”
As part of the program, a committee of educators screens all applications. Eighteen students were awarded grants of $3,000 each, while an additional 10 students received $1,800 this year. The program has contributed $342,000 in scholarships across the country since it launched in 2006.
“This is an excellent way for our company to support our dealerships and their families,” said Bob Starr, general manager of National Communications for Yamaha. “Many of our dealer partners run family businesses, and their children represent a significant part of the future growth and well-being of the motorsports business.”
Yamaha scholarships are available to children of Yamaha dealers, children of dealership employees who have been with the dealership for at least two years and dealership employees who are younger than 21 years old. Students must be enrolled or plan to enroll in school full-time to be considered for a scholarship.