Mazda Scholarship Funds Local Youth's Travel Abroad
$8,000 scholarship winner is son of Classic Mazda employee
Joe(left) and Josh Bhagratie, sons of Classic Mazda service technican Yamna Bhagratie,
have won scholarships to travel abroad through a special Mazda program.
ORLANDO (July 7, 2011) -- Josh Bhagratie is having a young man's dream summer, thanks to a scholarship from Mazda North America. Josh, son of Classic Mazda service technician Yamna Bhagratie and a resident of Avalon Park, is in Germany getting an up-close and exclusive look at new cars as they are being designed and built. One of only six American students to win a scholarship from Mazda for the Youth for Understanding education exchange program, Josh is currently staying with a host family in Hamm, Germany, for six weeks. He also will visit Mazda Motor of Europe's Design Centre in Oberursel. Recipients of the annual award, valued at more than $8,000, normally visit Mazda's headquarters in Japan. But the itinerary was changed this year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the country in March.
Josh is carrying on a family tradition of participating in the Youth for Understanding program: In 2009, his older brother Joe earned a trip to Japan. "This is a great opportunity for young people to see the inner workings of the auto industry, and Mazda works hard to not only provide insight into the company's products, but a glimpse of life in another culture and country," said Chad Rogers, Classic Mazda general manager. "We are excited for the Bhagratie family and that Josh and Joe have had these unique experiences." Josh, a graduate of Timber Creek High School, plans to attend Valencia Community College in the fall. Joe is a student at the University of Central Florida.
About Classic Mazda
Located in Orlando on North Semoran Boulevard, Classic Mazda is part of the Holler-Classic group of automotive stores, which is currently celebrating its 73rd anniversary. The company was founded in 1938 when Roger W. Holler Sr. opened Roger Holler Chevrolet in downtown Orlando. Holler-Classic's portfolio of dealerships includes Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda and Driver's Mart pre-owned vehicle superstore.