1 800 AFS INFO
This full merit- and need-based scholarship is awarded through the Pacific Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the generosity of Mr. Toshiyuki Tanaka. One scholarship will be offered.
By 11:59 p.m. on September 25, 2012 you must:
Discuss how you view the responsibility of an AFS student as an ambassador while abroad and upon return to the United States. Describe the aspects of your character that you believe will help you meet the cross-cultural challenges of an AFS program.
What are your motivations to study abroad and what do you hope to gain by participating in a Japanese high school for a year?
Describe any activities/clubs in which you have held a position of leadership or have demonstrated leadership skills. What characteristics of leadership did you exhibit, and what did you achieve or learn?
*Upon submission, all essay responses become the property of AFS-USA and may be reprinted at any time.
**Since I am applying for the Toshiyuki Tanaka American Embassy scholarship, do I need to pay the $900 program deposit?
No, a spot on the year high school program to Japan is held for the student that is offered this scholarship. To be considered for a scholarship, it is not necessary that you pay the program deposit. Choosing to pay or not pay your deposit will have no effect on how your scholarship application is reviewed. This option (i.e. not paying the deposit) works best for students that can only participate on an AFS program if offered a scholarship.
However, we do encourage students to consider paying the deposit to hold a spot on the year program to Japan in case they are not offered a scholarship. This scholarship is very competitive, and it is likely the program associated with it will fill before scholarship results are announced. Therefore, if you plan to participate on an AFS program regardless of winning a scholarship, the best way to ensure that you are held a spot for Japan, is to pay the $900 deposit. In this case, if you are not offered the Toshiyuki Tanaka American Embassy scholarship, you will still have a spot on the high school year program to Japan.
Please be aware that if you pay your deposit and are offered the Toshiyuki Tanaka American Embassy scholarship, your program deposit will be refunded. However, if you are not offered the scholarship, have paid the $900 deposit and decide not to go on program, you will not be issued a refund.