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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!

Mazda Canada Inc.

2019 scholarship program not yet confirmed. Check back for further details soon!

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.


  • Open to high school students who are dependents of full-time employees of Mazda Canada Inc. (MCI) or an MCI dealer. Parents must have been employed with MCI or an MCI dealer for at least six months at the time of application.
  • Students must be non-smokers.
  • Only Canadian citizens and legal residents may apply.

Age Requirements


Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory pre-departure orientation in California.

Complete Application Includes:

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 8 Passport sized photos


Application Fee

  • $75 application fee paid by Mazda Canada

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family, generally in and around Hiroshima.
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • The scholarship experience culminates with a visit to Mazda's world headquarters in Hiroshima where students have the opportunity to go on a tour of the Mazda Museum.

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
  • 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.
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to YFU to be shared with Mazda Canada.




  • 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.


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 240.235.2100 x141 to speak to an admissions counselor, or refer to the Scholarships Overview section of this web site.