The Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program

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The 2016-17 scholars with Toshizo (Tom) Watanabe (front row, second from left) and Hidemi Watanabe (front row, third from right) at the 2017 Watanabe Leadership Weekend in Los Angeles




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The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to undergraduates/graduate students for a semester or year-long study abroad program in either the United States or Japan. A generous endowment gift of $10 million from Mr. Toshizo (Tom) Watanabe to the U.S.-Japan Council makes it possible to award scholarships to students for whom study abroad would not be possible without financial support. 

The scholarship will support up to the full cost of attendance to the study abroad program of the applicant’s choice. The scholarship program grants awards to recipients in amounts determined by financial need and other qualifications.

For more information on the scholarship's establishment, please read the press release.

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The scholarship will be awarded to college/university students who meet the following criteria:

  1. U.S. or Japanese citizens
  2. Currently in good academic standing at an accredited college or university in either the United States or Japan
  3. Has applied, been accepted or plans to apply to a college/university or approved academic center outside of their home country as part of a credit-bearing course of study
  4. Demonstrates financial need for international study (i.e. Without financial assistance or support, would not be able to study abroad)
  5. (Preferred) Applicants who have been raised by a single parent or who have lost both parents
  6. (Preferred) Applicants without significant international travel or study experience
  7. (Preferred) First in family to attend/graduate from college (i.e. first-generation)
  8. (Priority) The priority for the scholarship is undergraduates who are studying abroad for a year or less. Graduate students and international degree-seeking students may also apply, however the maximum amount of an award is $25,000 for one year. 

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For information on eligibility, timeline and application requirements, please see the 2018-19 program flier. 


Statistics for 2017-18 Watanabe Scholars

12 women & 9 men
18 undergraduate students & 3 graduate students 
Average Award Amount: $18,082
Total Amount Awarded: $379,722
8 scholars are from single parent households
4 scholars are TOMODACHI alums


Meet the Scholars

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Lisaho Abe Tomoyo Aizawa Kohei Arai
Christian University;
University of
State University
Keio University;
Carnegie Mellon


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Etsuo Fujita Kantaro Hagi Keisuke Harada
Christian University;
Guilford College
Kyushu University;
San Jose
State University
University of


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Court Honda Sara Inoue Yuka Jibiki
Springfield College Keio University;
Brown University
Showa Women's
Lesley University 


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Mami Kameya Jun Kanazawa Sho Kawamura
Meiji Gakuin University;
San Francisco
State University
Tokyo International
University of
Southern Indiana
Tohoku University;
University of 
California, Riverside


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Mariko Kimura Hideyuki Komaki Ayumi Kuriki
Tohoku University;
University of 
Hawaii at Manoa
Keio University;
University of
Pasadena City College;
University of
California, Los Angeles


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Eru Machimoto Daisuke Maruichi Yuka Nishino
Christian University;
State University of
New York, Buffalo
Columbia University Aoyama Gakuin
Southern Oregon


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Megumi Uchino Aika Yamamoto Marina Yoshimura
Columbia University International
Christian University;
University of
California, Berkeley
Waseda University;
Yale University


Click here to read the bios of this year's scholars!


Highlights from the 2017-18 Watanabe Scholarship



2016-17 Watanabe Scholars