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The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation was established in 1959 to commemorate the wedding of then Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko. The purpose of the foundation is to promote understanding between the United States and Japan by offering scholarships for study in Hawaii and Japan.

The Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship is awarded to 1) graduate students in Japan for study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa; and 2) an American graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for study in Japan who is pursuing a subject area leading to better understanding between Japan and the United States.

Audience with Their Imperial Majesties of Japan on July 19, 2016: Crown Prince Akihito Scholars: Mr. Benjamin Schrager, Mr. Junichi Yagi; Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation Chairman, Mr. Allen Uyeda; Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation Japan Committee Representative Mr. Yoshio Nakamura.

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Konnichiwa! I'm Yukie Michelle Lloyd, the CPAS recipient from 2011 to 2013.

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Receiving this prestigious scholarship was life-changing and it greatly enhanced my options for a successful career.

More Japanese and American students should know about this opportunity and be exposed to a diverse culture and a different education system in the early stages of their career. By reconnecting the CPAS alumni, we aim to create a structural association and further promote this distinguished scholarship.

Thank you for your warm support.

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American students:

For American students, the scholarship covers one or two years of study in Japan with an annual $30,000 scholarship award plus $15,000 annual allowance which will cover tuition and one-time round trip airfare from Honolulu to Japan. This scholarship is open to American graduate students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa pursuing study in a subject area leading to better understanding between Japan and the U.S.

Japanese students:

For Japanese students, the CPASF Scholarship is for one or two years of study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and provides a full-tuition scholarship from the University of Hawaii Foundation, $25,000 per year for living expenses, and up to $1,500 for one-time round-trip economy class airfare from Japan to Honolulu from the Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship Foundation.