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The 2008-09 edition of the Lexus Eco Challenge is over and high school teams from Illinois and Florida have captured the top $50,000 prizes. The competition is open to teams of middle and high school students nationwide and is intended to encourage them to get involved in projects that help the environment. Teams have to design projects and put them into action. The grand prize winners each receive $50,000 of scholarships and grants for their respective schools.

Toyota's Lexus division is teaming up with Scholastic publishing to launch a program for middle and high school students across the country called the Lexus Environmental Challenge. The intent of program is to encoruage the students to get involved in environmental programs that they design and put into action. As an incentive Lexus will offer up over $1 million worth of scholarships for students, teachers and schools.