Japan America Society of Colorado

JASC Rikai Scholarship

JASC Rikai / 理解 Scholarship

The application period for spring 2020 rikai scholarship applications is now open!

The staff and Board of Directors of Japan American Society of Colorado recognize the great value in a quality study abroad experience. Through this scholarship, we hope to make this experience a reality for one or two Colorado university students per year.  The word "rikai" or 理解 means understanding.  It is through personal connections that we can truly understand one another.

JASC will announce one scholarship for study abroad programs beginning in Fall 2019 (one semester or two-semester programs) and a second scholarship for Spring 2020 study abroad programs.

Practicing for Bon Odori with fellow international students.

Applicants must be:

  • permanent residents of the State of Colorado

  • currently attending a degree granting, accredited university in the State of Colorado

  • enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program

  • accepted into a university-supported exchange program in Japan OR a qualified third-party partner program that can be verified by your home university; the study abroad program must be for one academic semester or year.

Scholarship Amount

JASC will grant one scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to one qualified applicant for the Fall of 2019. JASC will grant a second scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to one qualified applicant for Spring 2020. The scholarship amount will be re-evaluated on an annual basis by the JASC Finance Committee, therefore the amount may change from year to year.

Participating in the Danjiri Festival with home visit family.

Eligible Expenses

The scholarship recipient may use the scholarship for travel and living expenses related to a university-sponsored study abroad program.

Application Deadline

June 10, 2019 for any study abroad program beginning in Fall 2019; October 15, 2019 for any Spring study abroad program (usually beginning in or around January 2020).

Any applications received after midnight (mountain time) of the dates noted above will not be considered.

How to Apply for the spring 2020 scholarship

Interested applicants must fill out the Basic Information Form AND submit the following documents to scholarship@jascolorado.org with the subject line "2020 Spring JASC Rikai Scholarship":

  1. Short Answers (see below; maximum 250 words each)

    • Why do you want to study in Japan and what do you hope to get out of the experience? If appropriate, talk about “rikai” in your answer.

    • What will this scholarship allow you to do in Japan that you might not otherwise be able to do?

  2. Letter of Support from a faculty advisor, university counselor, study abroad officer or other appropriate university employee who is qualified to speak to your academic qualifications and/or personal interest in Japan.

  3. Proof of Acceptance into a study abroad program for Spring 2020

  4. Approximate/ Estimated Budget for your travel abroad program: Please list estimated expenses for your time abroad and how you expect to cover your expenses (see example); If applicable include a statement of financial need (not required for eligibility)

Timeline for spring scholarship:

  • October 15, 2019- Application deadline; all documents must be received by midnight

  • November 1, 2019- Notification of successful scholarship recipient

  • November 30, 2019- Acceptance of Scholarship form must be returned to JASC (email attachment is acceptable). Funds will be disbursed through our partner organization, ConnectED Colorado (on behalf of the student) upon JASC's receipt of the Acceptance of Scholarship form.

Additional information


Additional Responsibilities of the Scholarship Recipient- The scholarship recipient is asked to hand-write a thank you note to the Board of Directors of the Japan America Society of Colorado upon accepting the scholarship. At the conclusion of their study abroad experience in Japan, the scholarship recipient is asked to provide a 2-5 minute video highlighting their experience in Japan. The scholarship recipient will also be asked to attend, in person, one JASC Board of Directors meeting or Executive Committee meeting to talk about their experience abroad in Japan. (These meetings take place in downtown Denver.  Skype will be considered if distance is a significant factor.)

Consider Joining JASC- JASC has a student member rate. If you are interested in joining this community and taking advantage of the many opportunities we provide to connect you to Japan in the areas of business, education and culture, please join! Membership information is available here. Membership is not required for scholarship consideration.

DISCLAIMER: JASC will not be responsible for any late, lost or incomplete applications or any printing or typographical errors in the materials associated with the competition. By entering the competition for the scholarship, the applicant releases JASC, its Board of Directors and staff, from any liability whatsoever, and waives any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of and in connection with the competition, the failure of the applicant to receive a scholarship, the awarding of the scholarship, and the use of the scholarship including but not limited to travel, lodging, studies and living in Japan. Applicant assumes the risks inherent in travel, living and studying outside the United States.