In 2014 JASWDC 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.
The Society will give up to $5,000 for one academic year and up to $4,000 for one academic semester for the 2020-2021 academic year. The scholarship may be used for any combination of tuition and other academic fees, room and board, travel and transportation (including travel within Japan), and other approved expenses.
The Japan-America Society of Washington DC Scholarship Committee has decided to defer awarding scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. The application period will reopen in January 2021 when it will be clearer if applicants are able to travel to Japan to study abroad.
The application period is now closed. Please check this page again in December 2020 for more information on the application period reopening.
JASWDC 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 application includes the following documents:
- (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 these attachments, a recommendation form must be filled out by a professor or advisor at a student’s college or university in the US. The recommendation form will be sent to the recommender’s email address the applicant provides in the application once the completed application has been submitted.
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 as a full-time foreign exchange student for either one semester or one academic year
- 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 JASWDC 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.)
Selection and Announcement
The Scholarship Committee will review all applications in accordance with the requirements, priorities, and preferences listed above. The scholarship will be reopened in December, 2020. JASWDC will inform scholarship awardees by mid-February, 2021.
Payment will be made in two allotments. An initial payment of up to $3,000 (one semester) or $4,000 (one academic year) 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 JASWDC. The required report (1-2 pages) should describe the student’s experience 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 JASWDC Tanaka and Green Scholarships Program should be submitted in writing to JASWDC at firstname.lastname@example.org for response by the Scholarship Committee. Please do not call.
Recipients for 2019-2020
The study abroad reports written by the recipients of the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year can be viewed by clicking the links below.
David Austin Aguilar – University of Texas-Austin
Rachel Flatt – Middlebury College (report)
International Christian University
Peri Johnson – University of Maryland, Baltimore County (report)
De-Jia Long-Hillie – University of Maryland, Baltimore County (report)
Jacqueline Marquis – George Mason University (report)
Alice Perrine – University of Virginia
Kelly Shea – The College of William & Mary (report)
Recipients for 2018-2019
The study abroad reports written by the recipients of the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship for the 2018-2019 school year can be viewed by clicking the links below.
Dair Cruz- University of Maine (report)
Heather Heimbach- Columbia University (report)
Tatem Hughes- University of North Texas at Denton (report)
Kwansei Gakuin University
Rowena Kobrak- American University (report)
Gabriel Lovejoy- Saint John’s University (report)
Bunkyo Gakuin University
Recipients for 2017-2018
The study abroad reports written by the recipients of the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year can be viewed by clicking the links below.
Gabriela Trimble-Quiz- University of Texas at Austin
Jenna Reed- California State University, Chico (report)
Hannah Jeong- George Mason University (report)
Gabrielle Oliver- Howard University (report)
Kansai Gaidai University
Maya Rao- University of Maryland (report)
Hayley Snowden- The College of William & Mary (report)
Lendell Williams- George Washington University
Recipients for 2016-2017
The study abroad reports written by the recipients of the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year can be viewed by clicking the links below.
Crystal Brooks- Shepherd University (report)
Akita International University
Emily Howard- The George Washington University (report)
Elizabeth Thorne- American Univeristy (report)
Amy Wei- Johns Hopkins University (report)
University of Tokyo
Kevin Yuan- Georgetown University (report)
Recipients for 2015-2016
The study abroad reports written by the recipients of the Tanaka and Green Academic Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year can be viewed by clicking the links below.
Phoebe Bui- George Washington University (report)
Amanda Buker- University of Maryland (report)
Emily Markley- University of West Florida (report)
Kansai Gaidai University
Mia Saidel- American University (report)
Frank Pallone- Kenyon College (report)
Kima Sluchansky- University of Hawaii at Manoa (report)