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.
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.
+ 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-America Friendship Scholars (JAFS)
+ Japan-US Senate Youth Exchange (JUSSE)
+ 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.
+ Kikkoman/FCCLA Scholarship
+ Okinawa Peace Scholarship Program
+ The Alan Hershey Legacy Scholarship for Japan Exchange
+ The YFU Americas Scholarship
+ YFU Legacy Grant
+ 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.
+ 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.
+ Jason Pollington Latin America Scholarship
+ Alexander Voigt Memorial Scholarship
+ Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
+ Goethe Institut - PASCH Schools Scholarship
- 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)
+ 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
+ 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)
+ Kikkoman/Walworth County, WI
- 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
+ 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.
+ WEH Foundation Scholarship
- 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
+ Chevron Culture and Travel Program
+ Epson America, Inc. International Scholarship
+ Mazda Canada Inc.
+ Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
+ 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.