Toyota Hawaiʻi Awards Four Technical Education Program Scholarships to Automotive Technology Students

April 5, 2023

HONOLULU – Toyota Hawaiʻi, a subsidiary of Servco Pacific Inc., today, announced the scholarship recipients of its Toyota Technical Education Program (T-TEP) at Leeward Community College and Honolulu Community College.

This year’s T-TEP scholarship recipients are:

  • Mike Esteban, Leeward Community College
  • Rock Justice Yamashiro, Leeward Community College
  • Robert Hatley, Honolulu Community College
  • Isaac Guzzo, Honolulu Community College

Each recipient will receive a full scholarship for their remaining college education and part-time employment with Toyota Hawaiʻi as a Technician Apprentice. Upon completion of their Associate Degree in Auto Technology and placement in an Auto Technician position at Toyota Hawaiʻi, recipients will also receive money for tools.

“We are proud to support and invest in the education of our future technicians,” said Gene Murata, senior recruiter at Toyota Hawaiʻi. “After coordinating the T-TEP scholarship program for over 25 years, I am continuously impressed by the talent and skill level of the applicants we receive. We hope these scholarships help set them up for success.”

To qualify for the scholarship, students needed to have completed at least one semester in Auto Technology Associates Degree program and have at least one more semester to complete, along with a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Qualified students completed a Toyota Technician Assessment Examination.

Since its inception in 1991, T-TEP has supported 55 students to graduation. In addition, one former graduate is now an instructor at a University of Hawaiʻi Community College.

About Toyota Hawaiʻi

Toyota Hawaiʻi is a subsidiary of Servco Pacific Inc. Hawaiʻi’s largest privately held company founded in 1919. Toyota has been Hawaiʻi’s top-selling automotive brand since

1997 with seven dealership locations statewide — Big Island Toyota (Hilo and Kona); Maui Toyota; Servco Toyota Kauaʻi; Servco Toyota Honolulu, Servco Toyota Leeward, and Servco Toyota Windward. For more information about Toyota Hawaiʻi, visit

LCC: L to R: SQD Technical Training Manager Todd Yee, LCC T-TEP Scholarship Winner/Servco Toyota Windward Service Lot Attendant Rock Justice Yamashiro, LCC T-TEP Scholarship Winner Mike Esteban, LCC T-TEP Scholarship Finalist Brysen Manuel, Sr. HR Recruiter Gene Murata, and SQD VP & Director, Wes Kimura. Not pictured LCC T-TEP Scholarship Finalist Sonny Ringor.


HCC: L to R: SQD VP & Director Wes Kimura, HCC T-TEP Scholarship Finalist Joseph Scarbro, SQD Technical Training Manager Todd Yee, HCC T-TEP Scholarship Finalist Mark Gorospe, HCC T-TEP Scholarship Winner Robert Hatley, HCC T-TEP Scholarship Winner/Servco Toyota Honolulu Service Kakaʻako Lot Attendant Issac Guzzo, and Sr. HR Recruiter Gene Murata