• Transform your knowledge of the world and of yourself through a SUMMER EXCHANGE program to JAPAN!


    Purpose: The scholarship is designed to foster broader world vision, leadership skills and to develop committed, long-term stakeholders in the community’s relationship with Japan started by the late Mrs. Naoko Shirane over 30 years ago. This program introduces students to the Japanese people, their history, culture and the industries impacting our community. The 14-day educational and cultural program acquaints 8 to 10 high school juniors with Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka and sister city Kumamoto, plus 6 days of homestay with families in Omura City in conjunction with partner World Campus International.

    The scholarship covers round trip airfare, ground transportation, lodging, food and entrance fees while in Japan. Following the tour, the Foundation provides letters of recommendation to accompany students’ college applications. The Foundation and San Antonio Education Partnership convene a seminar on scholarships and financial aid. Students are expected to promote the program during senior year and attend Japan America Society San Antonio events. All applicants must currently be a US citizen, and a junior in a high school located within Bexar County, Texas who expects to enter senior year in the fall of 2020. Each student is responsible for purchasing a valid US passport, travel insurance (approximately $60.00), a small gift for host families and any additional personal spending money while in Japan. The dress code and luggage requirements are detailed at the end of the application.