What Types of Scholarships Are There for Japanese?
The type of Japanese scholarships available will depend a great deal on whether you can claim a Japanese heritage, or whether you are simply looking to study in Japan.
There are several types of scholarships available for individuals who are Japanese or those who are of Japanese descent. There are scholarships offered by individual colleges and universities; scholarships offered by local, state and Federal Government programs; scholarships offered by independent Corporations; and then there are those scholarships that are offered by private groups, organizations and foundations.
Scholarships offered by individual college and universities for those who are Japanese or of Japanese descent usually fall under the auspices of “Scholarships for Asians” or “Minority Scholarships.” You will need to check with your individual college’s Financial Aid Office to check if you qualify and if there are any specific academic achievement qualifications in place for these scholarships.
Scholarships offered by local, state and Federal Government programs for students who are Japanese or have a Japanese heritage are also likely to fall under the title of “Asian Scholarships” or “Minority Scholarships.” Again, you will need to check with the individual programs to see if you qualify.
But then there are also Corporate sponsored scholarships. These can be some of the most lucrative scholarships for Japanese and Asian Americans in that many American Corporations are looking to increase the visibility of the Asian segment of their workforce. In order to do this they offer sometimes quite generous scholarships, particularly to employees or dependents of employees. While not all corporate scholarships are available only to employees and their families, you may want to check with the individual corporations for specific information.
Scholarships offered by private organizations, groups and foundations can also be a windfall for Japanese and Asian-American students. Many of these scholarships are based not only on financial need but academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated leadership skills.
Overseas Study Scholarships are offered to students (regardless of nationality) who are looking to study in Japan. These sorts of scholarships are offered by a number of different organizations, and even by some schools themselves who have Japanese study programs.
Popular Japanese Scholarships
The JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) offers over 30 scholarships totaling over $60,000 which is awarded to qualified students nationwide. These scholarships are offered to students entering the freshman undergraduate, graduate, law, financial need and creative & performing arts. Each scholarship is a one-time award.
The U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) offers a number of scholarships in various amounts to students who meet each awards qualifications. The USPAACC is supported by sponsors such as McDonald’s, CBC, Pepsi and FedEx.
The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) supports a number of scholarships of various amounts. Each separate scholarship has specific qualifications and interestingly enough, 70% of the scholarships are regularly awarded to women.