In 2014 JASW established the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarships to support short-term academic study (one semester or one academic year) at colleges and universities in Japan. The scholarships are made possible thanks to the Society’s H. William and Lily Tanaka Scholarship Endowment and the Marshal and Lispenard Green Educational Endowment.
JASW intends to award up to six scholarships of $5,000 each for the 2014-2015 academic year.
The scholarship may be used for any combination of tuition and other academic fees, room and board, travel and transportation (including internal Japan travel), and other approved expenses.
Requirements for Applicants
- Must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school in the United States
- Must give proof of acceptance at a college or university in Japan
- Must give proof that the program in Japan is an approved student exchange program of the applicant’s home college or university in the US
- Must intend to return to the college or university in the United States
- May be majors in any subject, but must demonstrate that they have taken or plan to take academic courses related to Japan, whether in the US or at the Japan college or university
- Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Priorities and Preferences for Reviewing and Screening Applications
In reviewing applications, the JASW Scholarship Committee will give priority and preference to applicants who can demonstrate a combination of any of the following factors:
- Are legal residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia (i.e., you may be studying at a college or university anywhere in the US, but your home/parents’ home is in DC, MD, VA)
- Are members or are children of members of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
- Have interned with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
- Have volunteered with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
- Have participated in the National Japan Bowl®
- Have studied and/or are currently studying the Japanese language
- Have studied and/or are currently taking academic courses on Japanese history, culture, society, politics, arts, literature, etc.
- Have participated in extra-curricular activities related to Japan outside the academic classroom (for example, ikebana, tea ceremony, or Japanese cooking lessons; Japanese martial arts; Japan culture clubs, etc.)
Applicants should submit the following documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before the deadline of July 15, 2014. All documents should be included as attachments in the same email. The email subject line should say “Scholarship Application” and also include the applicant’s full name.
JASW will not follow up if an application is incomplete. Failure to submit all required documents, or to fully complete the application, will render the applicant ineligible.
A complete EMAIL application includes the following three documents:
- The completed application form, which includes a one-page essay assignment (click here)
- (A) Proof of acceptance at a college or university in Japan and (B) certification that the proposed academic study is an official student exchange program of the college or university in the US. This can be a letter or notice from either the US home college or university or the Japanese college or university.
- School transcripts for the past academic year
In addition to the three attachments, a recommendation form (click here) must be filled out by a professor or advisor at a student’s college or university in the US. Have the professor or advisor email their PDF form separately to the following email address: email@example.com.
Selection and Announcement
The Scholarship Committee will review all applications in accordance with the requirements, priorities, and preferences listed above. JASW will inform scholarship awardees by August 15, 2014.
Payment will be made in two allotments. An initial payment of $4,000 will be made before the academic study in Japan commences, and a second payment of $1,000 will be made after the study in Japan is over and the required report has been submitted to JASW. The required report (1-2 pages) should describe the student’s expereience in Japan, both academic and non-academic, and how that experience has affected their thinking and knowledge about Japan and their plans for the future.
Any questions about the JASW Tanaka and Green Scholarships Program should be submitted in writing to JASW at firstname.lastname@example.org for response by the Scholarship Committee. Please do not call.
Resume Circulation Service
If you have Japan-related work or study experience and are job hunting, our Resume Circulation Service will get your resume placed on the desks of top Japanese and American executives in the Washington area. We send the resumes to our corporate members at the end of each month. To be included, email your resume in PDF format
to JASW by the third Friday of the month. Payment must be received at the same time. Our email address is email@example.com
The service costs $30 and is available to Society members and non-members. You can mail a check to the Society payable to Japan-America Society, or you can pay on-line. If payment is not received by the third Friday in the month, the resume will not be sent until another month has passed.
To pay for the Resume Circulation Service on-line, please click here.
For a list of JASW Corporate Members, please click here(pdf.)
Please note: The Japan-America Society of Washington is not a job placement service. Members who use this service therefore should not contact the Society to ask about their status with individual companies. The companies will contact job applicants independently and directly, if they are interested.
If you need more information, please contact the Society at 202-833-2210.