MITSUI USA SCHOLARSHIPS IN TENNESSEE PROGRAM
Eligibility Requirements and Application Instructions 2012
About Mitsui USA Scholarships in Tennessee Program
The Mitsui USA Scholarships in Tennessee Program was established by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc. through its office in Nashville and The Mitsui USA Foundation in New York to contribute significantly and visibly to two worthy goals: (1) providing educational opportunities to young State-college-bound students in Middle Tennessee while (2) serving to promote cross-cultural understanding between Japan and Tennessee. The program is administered by the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc. (JAST), a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation, funded by individual and corporate membership fees.
For the 2012-2013 academic year, four scholarships in the amount of$2,500 each will be funded and awarded to graduating high school seniors from Tennessee.
The Mitsui USA Scholarships in Tennessee Program is open to graduating high school seniors who are U.S.
citizens or permanent residents; who have been residents of Tennessee for the past five years; and who have an un-weighted, cumulative grade point average of B (3.0) or better. Successful applicants will also have completed all college core and university track courses and demonstrate 1) an ability to communicate clearly in written English; 2) a personal and/or career interest in multicultural and International Affairs, and/or an aptitude for foreign language study; additionally 3) involvement in community volunteer activities or leadership roles will be considered favorably.
Applicants seeking an undergraduate degree on a full-time basis from an accredited degree-granting four-year public college or university within the State of Tennessee’s Board of Regents or University of Tennessee systems are eligible to apply. All scholarship awards must be used the following semester. Awards are non-renewable and may not be deferred.
Scholarship applicants will be evaluated by a volunteer Scholarship Review Committee comprised of JAST members (excluding any representative from Mitsui USA). Committee members will rate applications
according to a prescribed scale which balances the merit of grades, demonstrated international awareness (as expressed in a written essay and notable high school coursework, such as foreign language study), community involvement, extra-curricular activities, work experience, test scores and financial need.
In addition to submitting a completed application form, an official high school transcript and 2 faculty recommendations, scholarship applicants must submit a brief essay describing their academic goals and achievements and how their future career interests reflect international awareness and interests.
The Scholarship Review Committee meets in June to review and rate applications. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decisions by June 30.
Applications are accepted March 20th through May 15th with scholarships awarded by June 30. The deadline for submitting applications and supporting material for the 2012-2013 academic year will be May 15,2012 (postmarked by May 15, 2012). Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.
Applicants are responsible for submitting completed applications by the May 15th deadline as follows:
Completed application form, including financial assistance questionnaire and student essay
Official school record form and high school transcript, signed and sealed by authorized school official
Two appraisal forms, completed and sealed by appropriate faculty member or supervisor
Award recipients will be sent an acceptance form that must be signed and returned to JAST by July 15.
Scholarship payments are then sent directly to the college or university in two payments, fall and spring semester, or in accordance with the payment deadlines established by the institution’s official academic calendar, after a student officially accepts the award, and enrollment has been verified for the fall and spring semesters. Scholarship awards not used by recipients for the fall semester following high school graduation will be forfeited, not deferred.
The Mitsui USA Foundation and the Japan-America Society of Tennessee reserve the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship and to make changes at any time, including termination of the program.
MITSUI USA SCHOLARSHIPS IN TENNESSEE PROGRAM
Questions and Answers
1. Who is eligible? This scholarship is limited to residents of Tennessee who are also US citizens or permanent residents and have resided in the state for the previous five years.
2. Are part-time students eligible? Scholarships will be awarded only to students pursuing full-time studies.
3. Are scholarships open to graduate students? Scholarship awards are limited to incoming freshmen only.
4. Must a student attend a college or university in Tennessee? Yes. Scholarships are awarded to eligible students who plan to attend public four-year colleges or universities within the State of Tennessee’s college and university systems. This means that recipients must attend an institution within the University of Tennessee or Tennessee Board of Regents systems.
5. How are recipients selected? Scholarship recipients are selected by a JAST Scholarship Review Committee on the basis of academic merit, international awareness, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, leadership and financial need
6. What is the amount of the award? One scholarship of $2, 500 is paid in two equal installments ($1,250 per semester) directly to the institution on behalf of the award recipient.
7. Can students send a photocopy of their academic transcripts? No. Only a sealed, official copy of a student’s most recent academic transcript can be accepted and it must contain at least one of the following: cumulative grade point average, class rank, and/or SAT scores.
8. What if household income is relatively high? There is no maximum income or financial cut-off. All students who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.
9. When are decisions made? Decisions are made by the end of June and applicants are notified by mail by June 30th.
10. Can students reapply each year? Scholarship awards are limited to incoming freshmen only who plan to attend an eligible college or university full-time and enroll for the academic year immediately following high school graduation.
APPLICATION FORMS AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION SHOULD BE SUBMITTED AS DIRECTED AND POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN MAY 15, 2012.