It is the purpose of this Scholarship to promote understanding and friendly relations between the peoples of the United States and Japan.
An award recipient must act in the dual capacity of a student in learning and as an unofficial "American Ambassador of Good Will." In this respect, an awardee is expected to maintain high standards of achievement while serving as a bridge of understanding and friendship between the peoples of the United States and Japan.
QUALIFICATION: Selection of a candidate for the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship is to be based solely on qualifications, without respect to economic status, race or religion, and shall be limited to those who are currently post graduate students at UHM. Applicants must, however, return for the completion of their post graduate degree at UHM. Moreover, there shall be no limit as to age, and applicant may be married or single, but must be an American citizen. Japanese language is not a requirement if applicant can show that courses of study can be done in English. A full explanation is required in the applicant's study plan.
FIELDS OF STUDY: A scholarship may be awarded for study from any graduate field at UHM, including the professional schools. The subject area of study should lead to better understanding and friendship between the peoples of Japan and the United States.
SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: The scholarship recipient has the option of a one-year or two-year scholarship. The second year of the two-year scholarship will depend on the recipient meeting satisfactory academic and personal conduct standards (see Revocation of Awards paragraph below). The amount of the scholarship shall be $15,000 per year. A tuition supplement of up to $5,000 per year and a cost of living allowance of Yen 600,000 per year may also be awarded. Two scholarships are available for academic years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation Board of Trustees will make the final selection of the scholarship recipient(s).
During the year of study under this Scholarship, an awardee may not accept any gainful employment or any other scholarship without prior approval of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation.
QUALIFICATIONS: Both men and women are equally eligible to apply. In order to serve as an effective bridge of friendship and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan, he/she must have a friendly outgoing personality, a sympathetic interest in the attitudes and way of life of the people of a different culture, and the ability to communicate his/her ideas readily and effectively. He/she must also have a good knowledge of the history, culture, geography and current affairs of the United States.
- have maintained high standards in his/her academic studies and must show promise of distinguished achievement.
- demonstrate qualities of leadership, initiative, enthusiasm, adaptability, maturity, and seriousness of purpose.
CRITERIA FOR SCREENING: All Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship applications will be reviewed by the Screening Committee based on these criteria:
- Applicant's academic qualifications based upon graduate grade point average and the relevancy of courses taken to area of research or study
- Applicant's ability to do research
- A coherent and well-thought out study plan
- Applicant's career goals
- Recommendations of professors
- Applicant's professional bearing and demeanor
REVOCATION OF AWARDS: Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship awards may be suspended or revoked or the applicant may face other sanctions if the applicant fails to meet satisfactory standards of academic performance and/or personal conduct, as determined by the Board of Trustees of the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation, or by the institution of attendance, or if the applicant fails to remain in school for the duration of the scholarship.
APPLICANT'S CERTIFICATION: An applicant must read carefully the "applicant certification" on the application form and sign the certification to indicate his/her understanding and acceptance of the responsibilities and obligations of the award and the conditions under which the scholarship may be revoked.
MEDICAL CERTIFICATE: A medical certificate prepared by a licensed physician must be attached to his/her application. The purpose of the medical certificate is to ensure that there will be no foreseen medical problems that may preclude the applicant from completing his/her study abroad.
ACADEMIC RECORD: A transcript or other official evidence of academic record at any college or university the applicant attended must be attached to the application or sent to the CPASF office directly from the educational institution.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Recommendations from two university professors must also be submitted. Recommendations will be confidential and sent directly to the CPASF office.
INTERVIEWS: All applicants must appear before a Screening Committee on November 20, 2008. Applicants who cannot appear for a personal interview will be automatically disqualified as candidates for the scholarship. Finalists must appear before the CPASF Board of Trustees for a personal interview on December 13, 2008.
REPORTS: After each year of study, a written report summarizing the year of study will be submitted to the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation Administrative Office within six weeks after completion of the school year but no later than July 15th. The reports will include the following information:
- Study plan for the next year (for those applying for a second year)
- Grade sheets or transcripts (if available)
- Narrative summarizing activities, accomplishments, and difficulties encountered during the year. Please include any suggestions that may be useful to future scholars.
Reports are mandatory and are used to evaluate the scholarship recipient's year of study. Additionally, for those who have applied for the two-year scholarship, the first year report will help determine whether or not the scholarship will be renewed for the second year. Failure to submit a report may be grounds to deny the second year of scholarship or in the extreme, revocation of the title as Crown Prince Akihito Scholar. The second year report will help to evaluate the success of the scholarship recipient as well as the overall scholarship program.