Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. Awards Grant to Avid Center

$150,000 award will establish AVID’s college and career readiness program in the Madison City, Alabama school district

IRVINE, CA – The Mazda Foundation (USA) Inc., announced today a $150,000.00 grant to AVID Center to establish AVID’s college and career readiness program in four schools in the Madison City, Alabama school district.

The program will seek to prepare underserved students to apply to college and give those students the skills they need for success once they arrive at college. 

“Too many people lack basic access to the tools and support needed to successfully compete in our increasingly complex economy,” said Jeff Guyton, president of Mazda North American Operations and chairman of the Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc. “Providing necessary support to underserved students is a clear expression of the Mazda Foundation’s guiding principle: what matters most is one another.”
“We are honored by the opportunity the Mazda Foundation has afforded us to bring AVID back to the greater Huntsville area and look forward to reaching even more students through this generous award,” said AVID’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Sandy Husk.

The award will support one of the communities surrounding Mazda’s newest facility, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing in Huntsville, a joint venture with Toyota that will employ 4,000 people in the greater Huntsville area.

The award to AVID Center is one of four grant awards that the Mazda Foundation announced today as part of its 2021 funding cycle. The grants, totaling $450,000, aim to address food insecurity and equitable access to education. The other three grants were awarded to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (Irvine, CA), the Food Bank of North Alabama (Huntsville, AL), and FUSE Studio (funding a program in Southern California).

About Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc.
As the corporate foundation of Mazda North American Operations (MNAO), the Mazda Foundation has donated more than $13 million to children’s organizations, educational scholarships, food banks, environmental programs, and disaster relief efforts since 1992. To learn more about the Mazda Foundation, please visit

About AVID Center 
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a nonprofit organization that changes lives by helping schools shift to a more equitable, student-centered approach. To close the opportunity gap, AVID trains 85,000 educators annually so they can prepare all students for college, careers, and life. More than 7,500 schools rely on AVID to transform the lives of more than 2 million students each year. To learn more, visit