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

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 and pay only one fee.

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. Students are encouraged to consider all of their scholarship options and apply to as many as they qualify for by the December 1 scholarship application deadline!

Japan Business Society of Detroit (JBSD) Foundation

YFU Scholarship Information Sheet

At a Glance

Application Deadline

Program Length

January 7

- Summer

Eligible Countries

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.


  • 2 partial scholarships for students attending high school in one of the following Michigan counties: Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, or Wayne. 
  • Children of JBSD Foundation members or students of Japanese descent are not eligible. 
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously traveled to Japan. 
  • Students will be responsible for a $1,000 program tuition contribution.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Age Requirements

  • Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan webpage.

Complete Application Includes:

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Parent-student agreement
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • 5 Candid photo
  • 1 Headshot


Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory Japan Pre-Departure Orientation.

    • their stay in Japan. All students must fly to and from Japan together.


Note: Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.

If applying for multiple scholarships, please indicate each scholarship's name and code on your application. All scholarship recipients are required to travel on the YFU group travel dates, and to complete the entire program. For more information regarding YFU and the scholarship selection process call 1.800.TEENAGE or refer to the Scholarships Overview section of this web site.