Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship


The Toshizo Watanabe Endowed Scholarship Fund/Toshizo Watanabe Study Abroad Scholarship Program 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.

Eligibility Requirements

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. (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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