2022 Partners for Youth/Toyota scholarship recipients announced

On Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, seven high school seniors and college freshmen were awarded the Partners for Youth/Toyota scholarship. Recipients were recognized at the 2022 Partners for Youth/Toyota scholarship banquet at the UK Gatton Student Center. This celebration was made possible by the partnership of Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky, Walton Family Foundation, UK Community Engagement, Holifield Photography and Minuteman Press/Stout Printing.

The Partners for Youth/Toyota Scholarship program began in 1998 through a donation from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky. Youth who participate in programs funded by the Partners for Youth Grassroots Allocations Program or participate in our Neighborhood Youth Councils are eligible to be nominated. Scholarships can be used for any post-secondary education program that encourages recipients to continue their education. In 2021, recipients received a match of Toyota funds from the Walton Family Foundation. Each year, thanks to the generosity of Toyota, up to 10 youths receive $1,000 – $1,500 scholarships.

Learn more about this year's recipients

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Partners for Youth (PFY), a Lexington-based 501(c)(3) non-profit, acts as a clearinghouse for community contributions including money and in-kind assistance to those programs serving young people. PFY assists in the coordination of these services in order for programs to work as cooperatively and effectively as possible to have the greatest impact in supporting youth. Mayor Pam Miller founded PFY in early 1995 after the shooting and killing of an African American youth by a white police officer in October 1994. In the wake of this tragedy, the public discussion quickly aimed at the apparent despair felt by segments of our city’s youth. In response, PFY was formed to make resources available to youth in these forgotten segments of the Lexington population.