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Scholarships

To be considered for scholarship awards, students must meet the eligibility requirements listed on the individual Scholarship Information pages below and demonstrate characteristics like flexibility, tolerance and open-mindedness.

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Scholarships

YFU offers over 200 full and partial merit-based scholarships and needs-based financial aid to students every year. 

Through the generosity of numerous corporations, governments, foundations and individuals, YFU awards more than $2.3 million in partial or full study abroad scholarships annually. To be considered for scholarship awards, students must meet the eligibility requirements listed on the individual Scholarship Information pages below and demonstrate characteristics like flexibility, tolerance and open-mindedness. In addition to the standard application and fee (if required), students also need to submit essay responses, a host family introduction letter, and teacher recommendations by the scholarship deadline. Students can apply for multiple scholarships with only one application and one application fee. 


National Scholarships

Scholarship

CountryDeadline

Choice 7-Jan

+ Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund

The Holcomb and Farnell Foreign Study Fund is a needs-based, partial scholarship applicable to the Fall Semester and Fall Year program of any YFU country. This scholarship is funded by Sharon Holcomb and Fred Farnell, who wish to provide young Americans with a life-changing study abroad experience similar to the one Sharon had as a YFU exchange student to Germany.

Japan 7-Jan

+ Japan-America Friendship Scholars (JAFS)

The Japan-American Friendship Society (JAFS) is a merit-based, partial scholarship applicable to the Summer program in Japan. This scholarship is state-funded and aims to further Japan-American relations by helping motivated American students learn the language and culture of Japan.

Japan 7-Jan

+ Japan-US Senate Youth Exchange (JUSSE)

The Japan-US Senate Youth Exchange (JUSSE) is a merit-based, partial scholarship applicable to the Summer program in Japan. This scholarship is state-funded and aims to further Japan-American relations by helping motivated American students learn the language and culture of Japan.

Japan 7-Jan

+ Kikkoman National Scholarship

The Kikkoman National Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship applicable to the Summer program in Japan. This scholarship is funded by the Kikkoman Corporation and aims to further Japan-American relations by helping motivated American students learn the language and culture of Japan.

JapanFCCLA Members7-Jan

+ Kikkoman/FCCLA Scholarship

The Kikkoman FCCLA Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship applicable to the Summer program in Japan. This scholarship is funded by the Kikkoman Corporation and is available for students who are active dues-paying members of Family Careers and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

Japan 7-Jan

+ Okinawa Peace Scholarship Program

The Okinawa Peace Scholarship is a merit-based, partial scholarship applicable to the Summer program in Japan. This scholarship is funded by the US Government, the US Embassy Tokyo, and American Consulate General Nah and aims to further Japan-American relations by helping motivated American students learn the language and culture of Japan during a summer cultural exchange in the Okinawa Islands.

Japan 7-Jan

+ The Alan Hershey Legacy Scholarship for Japan Exchange

The Alan Hershey Legacy Scholarship for Japan Exchange is a needs-based, partial scholarship applicable to the Summer program in Japan. This scholarship is funded by family and friends of Alan Hershey, whose experience on the 1974 YFU program to Japan had a profound impact on his life, and inspired a career in international banking that brought him back to Asia dozens of times.

Choice 7-Jan

+ The YFU Americas Scholarship

The YFU Americas Scholarship is a partial scholarship applicable to the Summer programs in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and Uruguay. This scholarship is sponsored by YFU and aims to further inter-American relations by helping motivated students experience the culture and language of Latin American countries.

Choice Ongoing

+ YFU Legacy Grant

The YFU Legacy Grant is a $1,000 grant applicable to any YFU program. Students who are part of a family that has previously been involved in the YFU community as an alumnus, host, volunteer, and more are eligible for this grant.

Choice 15-Mar

+ YFU Financial Aid Fund

The YFU Financial Aid Fund offers needs-based, partial Financial Aid and is applicable to any YFU program. The YFU Financial Aid Fund is made possible by generous donors to Youth For Understanding USA’s scholarship fund.

Germany 7-Jan

+ YFU Stiftung and Stipendium Program

The YFU Stiftung and Stipendium Scholarship is a need-based, partial scholarship applicable to the Fall Semester or Fall Year program in Germany. This scholarship aims to provide minority American students with an educational and fulfilling intercultural experience in Germany.

Choice 7-Jan

+ Jason Pollington Latin America Scholarship

The Jason Pollington Latin America Scholarship is a needs-based, full scholarship applicable to the Fall Year, Fall Semester or Spring Semester program in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay or Uruguay. This scholarship is funded by Matthew Hill and aims to provide American students with an education and fulfilling experience in Latin America, where both Jason and Matthew studied with YFU in 1997.


Regional Scholarships

Scholarship

CountryLimited toDeadline

GermanyMN15-Feb

+ Alexander Voigt Memorial Scholarship

The Alexander Voigt Memorial Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship applicable to the Fall Semester or Fall Year program in Germany. This scholarship is funded in honor of Alexander Voigt, who was a German exchange student to St. Cloud, MN in 2014 and aims to offer students in St. Cloud the opportunity to study abroad in Germany.

GermanySee Eligibility3-Dec

+ Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship applicable to the Fall Year program in Germany. The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program (CBYX) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by YFU USA. This prestigious scholarship aims to further German-American relations by helping motivated American learn the language and culture of Germany. Students applying for the YFU CBYX scholarship must reside in one of the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin

GermanySee Eligibility7-Jan

+ Goethe Institut - PASCH Schools Scholarship

The Goethe Institut - PASCH Schools Scholarship is a merit-based, partial scholarship applicable to the Fall Year program in Germany. This scholarship is funded by The Goethe Institut and aims to provide educational and fulfilling cultural exchange programs to motivated American students at the following schools:

  • Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School (Sudbury, MA)
  • Cony High School (Augusta, ME)
  • Millard North High School (Omaha, NE)
  • Ladue Horton Watkins High School (St. Louis, MO)
  • Niles West High School (Skokie, IL)
  • Mount Lebanon High School (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Cheyenne Mountain High School (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Claremont High School (Claremont, CA)
  • Heritage High School (Leesburg, VA)
  • McKinney Boyd High School (McKinney, TX)
  • Stuyvesant High School (New York, NY)
  • ConVal High School (Peterborough, NH)

JapanMI7-Jan

+ Japan Business Society of Detroit (JBSD) Foundation

The Japan Business Society of Detroit (JBSD) Foundation Scholarship is a merit-based, partial scholarship applicable to the Summer program in Japan. This scholarship is funded by JBSD and aims to provide educational and fulfilling cultural exchange programs to motivated American students from the following Michigan Counties:

  • Macomb County
  • Oakland County
  • Washtenaw County
  • Wayne County

JapanCA7-Jan

+ Kikkoman/Folsom, CA

The Kikkoman Folsom Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship applicable to the Summer program in Japan. This scholarship is funded by the Kikkoman Foods Foundation and aims to provide educational and fulfilling cultural exchange programs to motivated American students at the following Folsom, California schools:

  • Folsom High School
  • Cordova High School
  • Oak Ridge High School
  • Vista del Lago High School (Folsom)

JapanWI7-Jan

+ Kikkoman/Walworth County, WI

The Kikkoman Walworth Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship applicable to the Summer program in Japan. This scholarship is funded by the Kikkoman Foods Foundation and aims to provide educational and fulfilling cultural exchange programs to motivated American students at the following Walworth County, Wisconsin schools:

  • Elkhorn High School
  • Badger High School
  • Big Foot High School
  • Williams Bay High School
  • Delavan-Darie High School
  • East Troy High School
  • Faith Christian High School
  • Walworth Christian High School
  • Whitewater High School

ChoicePA4-Feb

+ Norbert Hardner Foundation International Exchange Scholarship

The Norbert Hardner Foundation International Exchange Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship applicable to the Summer programs in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, New Zealand, Serbia/Romania/Bulgaria and Uruguay. This scholarship is funded by The Norbert Hardner Foundation and aims to provide educational and fulfilling cultural exchange programs to pre-selected students attending Cathedral Prep or Villa Maria Academy in Erie, Pennsylvania.

ChoiceSee Eligibility3-Feb

+ WEH Foundation Scholarship

The WEH Foundation Scholarship is a needs-based, full scholarship applicable to any summer program YFU offers. The WEH Foundation Scholarship aims to provide educational and fulfilling cultural exchange programs to students who reside in one of the following counties:

  • Sacramento County, California
  • El Dorado County, California
  • Placer County, California
  • Nevada County, California
  • Alpine County, California
  • Amador County, California
  • Calaveras County, California
  • Sutter County, California
  • Yuba County, California
  • San Joaquin County, California
  • Washoe County, Nevada

Employee Scholarships

Scholarship
CountryDeadline
Choice 7-Jan

+ Chevron Culture and Travel Program

The Chevron Culture and Travel Program Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship and is only available to students who have a parent or legal guardian employed at Chevron.

Choice 7-Jan

+ Epson America, Inc. International Scholarship

The Epson America, Inc. International Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship and is only available to students who have a parent or legal guardian employed at Epson America.

Japan 1-Feb

+ Mazda Canada Inc.

The Mazda Canada, Inc. Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship and is only available to students who have a parent or legal guardian employed at Mazda Canada.

Japan 22-Feb

+ Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

The Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc. Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship and is only available to students who have a parent or legal guardian employed at Mitsubishi Electric.

Japan 7-Jan

+ Sony Corporation of America Scholarship Program

The Sony Corporation of America Scholarship is a merit-based, full scholarship and is only available to students who have a parent or legal guardian employed at select divisions at Sony.