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Japanese Exchange is a scholarship opportunity for FCCLA members to travel to Japan for four-to-six weeks as an exchange student. This scholarship is funded by the Kikkoman Corporation, administered by Youth For Understanding USA. Scholarships are worth more than $6,995 each.

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The FCCLA Japan Exchange Scholarship is administered by Youth For Understanding USA (YFU USA), a non-profit international exchange organization. Based on the premise that international understanding can be achieved through individuals, the program emphasizes family living as the core of the overseas learning experience. The opportunity to experience the day-to-day life of another country and its people enhances students' awareness of international issues.

Don't miss your opportunity to live in Japan next summer with a Japanese host family. You can be one of 14 FCCLA members selected to experience a Japanese tea ceremony, traditional Japanese foods, or climb up Mount Fuji with a Japanese brother or sister.  It will be a summer you will never forget!  Read about past scholarship recipients and their summers!

The Japanese Exchange Scholarship includes:

  • round-trip international travel
  • round-trip domestic travel
  • placement with a carefully selected host family
  • regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • three-day Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • support services in Japan

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To apply for the Japanese Exchange Scholarship the applicant's birthday must fall between February 1, 1996 and July 31, 1999. There can be no exceptions.  The U.S. government SEVIS system will not accept applicants with birth dates outside of these ranges for this program. The scholarship application is located onYouth For Understanding - USA website.To print the application, click on the "American Students" tab of the YFU USA webpage. Select "scholarships" from the menu on the left. Scroll down to locate the "FCCLA/Kikkoman" scholarship.

You may submit the application electronically; or print and mail the completed application along with the FCCLA Application Supplement Formpostmarked by January 15, 2014 to:

Youth For Understanding - USA
6400 Goldsboro Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
fax: (240) 235-2174

**Please note, all applicants must complete and submit the FCCLA Supplement Form with their application.**

2013 Japanese Exchange Scholarship Winners:

Megan Clark-TchenTexas
Caroline CrinionSouth Dakota
Sarah DraperUtah
Rachel FraileyKentucky
Emily FregeauAlabama
Casey GoreTexas
Jessica LierMissouri
Allison McGrawMinnesota
Ethan MickelsonNorth Dakota
Ysabeaux NgWashington
Rebecca NoggleOhio
Jordan TallmanWisconsin
Payton WilsonKansas
Hannah ZickefooseIllinois

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Kikkoman Corporation - Aiming to continue to be good corporate citizens both at home and abroad, by reinforcing commitment to local communities and contributing to environmental protection.

Youth For Understanding USA (YFU USA) - Preparing young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world.

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