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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!

Kikkoman/FCCLA Scholarship

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.

Scholarship Amount

  • This is a full scholarship.


  • 14 scholarships for students who are dues-paying members of Family Careers and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
  • Open to FCCLA members
  • Applicants must also send YFU his/her FCCLA Supplemental Form with the application. This form can be downloaded inside the application
  • Non-US citizens may apply.
  • Previous recipients of YFU scholarships to Japan are not eligible.
  • Students must hold a 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)
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Headshot
  • FCCLA supplemental form


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


Application Fee

  • $75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international airline travel
  • Round-trip domestic airline travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family; recipients tend to be placed in the Tokyo/ Kanto region.
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day mandatory Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for:

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • Personal spending money
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to Kikkoman.
  • Upon returning home, scholarship winners are expected to complete at least one presentation in their school or community to share their experiences, teach others about the culture in their host country, and encourage other students to participate in foreign exchange.










  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • Students may not miss orientation or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early or extend 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.