What we do?
The aim of the Hiroshima JET Scholarship Fund (HJSF) is simply to give a student the chance to go abroad. We aim to award one lucky student with ￥250,000 to go on a study abroad program of their choice. We work in Japan, we teach these kids, and we want them to experience what we tell them about life outside Japan and put their English to real use.
What have we done so far?
HJSF was inspired by the success stories we heard about the Shimane AJET Scholarship Fund and the Fukuoka AJET Scholarship Fund and also by their hard work. Here, we have to give a huge shout out to past Hiroshima JET Carlye Hodel for getting the ball well and truly rolling, and bringing the committee together. The HJSF committee began work on the Hiroshima version back in early 2015 and in March 2016 we finally awarded the scholarship to the first winner of the fund.
Thanks to the hugely generous donations from the JETs in Hiroshima prefecture, donators to the Indiegogo campaign and a U.S. Embassy micro-grant, we could reach our funding goal and we are sending one student abroad! Our vision and mission is about to become a reality for one of our students.
How can my student become next year’s winner?
We will announce on Facebook, on our website and in the PA newsletter when applications are open for next years’ fund (around fall 2016). We need JETs to promote the fund in their schools and get students applying!
As a committee, we read the applications and select those who show real enthusiasm for studying abroad and learning, speaking, and using English. These selected students then advance to the interview stage. This year, we can honestly say selecting from our interviewees was a huge and tough task!
With the JET community’s help, we hope to increase the number of applicants for next year. Without you promoting the fund, asking permission from your school and encouraging your students, we would have no student to give the money to. Both the written sections of the application and the interview are in 100% English so even if your student is not chosen as the winner, completing the application and from there, possibly moving on to do the interview is a great experience and a noteworthy achievement.
We will continue to fundraise for the 2016-2017 campaign and since we are already ahead of the game, carrying over excess funds from last year’s campaign, we have great hopes that we will be able to send 2 students next year or possibly increase the award amount. We have over 100 amazing JETs in this prefecture and so we believe this is fully possible.
We need the continuing support from the JET community to be able to offer this amazing opportunity to your students. Obviously your donations, however big or small, mean so much to us but so does your work in promoting the scholarship in your schools. We will be releasing applications for students in fall 2016, maybe next year it will be your student!
*To find out more, please visit of Facebook page: Hiroshima JET Scholarship Fund or our Website: Hiroshima JET Scholarship Fund