Lexus Eco Challenge to Award $500,000 in Grants and Scholarships

by Kylee Spier on September 13, 2013

ecochallengeLexus and Scholastic recently teamed up to launch their seventh annual Lexus Eco Challenge competition, giving students a chance to win grants and scholarships totaling $500,000.

The Lexus Eco Challenge is open to students in grades 6 through 12. Teams comprised of five to ten students with one teacher/advisor will choose a topic from one of two categories: Land & Water or Air & Climate. They will then complete a community-based action plan to improve their local environment based on their chosen topic. A few of the topics include the following: landfills, recycling, forest destruction, endangered species, water conservation, and shrinking wetlands.

Teams can win $10,000 for a top finish in each category, while an overall winner will be awarded $30,000. The prize grants are to be split in predetermined way between the teacher advisor, the team of students, and the team’s school.

Lexus and Scholastic are not only providing these students and schools with the opportunity to win scholarships, but are also encouraging students to be cognizant of the environmental issues surrounding them. The contest is designed to empower students to take action on the problems they identify in their communities. The final challenge will be closed on January 17, 2014 after which the grand-prize winners will be revealed and awarded their hard-earned and well-deserved scholarships.

The Lexus Eco Challenge aligns perfectly with Lexus’ reputation as a leader in environmentally conscious design and production. The company continually refines it manufacturing processes to reduce waste and utilize more recycled materials. In order to help foster these principles among its customers, Lexus offers hybrid versions of five of its vehicles sold in the U.S., including its popular crossover SUV, the Lexus RX Hybrid.

Sources:
lexus.scholastic.com/challenges
lexus.com/about/corporate/environment_technology.html

Photo credit: Lexus and Scholastics Inc.

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