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New partnership resulting in scholarships for Japanese students to study at Earlham

December 20, 2018

Earlham College and the Grew Bancroft Foundation in Tokyo have formed a new partnership to provide scholarships to Japanese students to earn degrees at Earlham. 

The Earlham-Grew Scholarship provides at least 70 percent of the College’s tuition for four years for up to three students each year. 

“We are thrilled to be working with the Grew Bancroft Foundation in support of Japanese students pursuing their undergraduate studies in the United States,” says Avis Stewart, interim president at Earlham College. “For more than 50 years, our faculty have been at the forefront of efforts to develop a strong relationship between the United States and Japan, resulting in outstanding scholarship and opportunities for off-campus study, dual-degree and student- and faculty-exchange programs. We look forward to deepening our relationship with Japan through this exciting new partnership.”
For 90 years, the Grew Bancroft Foundation has provided scholarships to Japanese students at liberal arts colleges in the U.S.  More than 200 students have graduated with this program and currently about 30 students are enrolled at U.S. colleges or universities.  The foundation is named after two late U.S. ambassadors to Japan, Joseph Grew and Edgar Bancroft, both of whom made major contributions to starting and supporting this program.

“We are extremely delighted to start this scholarship program with Earlham College.  Earlham has a long history of constructive involvement in Japan and a very fine Japan studies program,” says Ken Matsumoto, chairperson of the foundation. “Most of our directors are former Grew Bancroft scholars and graduated from leading liberal arts colleges like Earlham.  We believe in the value of residential liberal arts college education.” 

Application information for the Earlham-Grew scholarship will be announced in April 2019.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. We rank 7th nationally by Princeton Review for Best Classroom Experience and 22nd by U.S. News and World Report for commitment to undergraduate teaching.

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