No.12132   August 12, 2014

2014 Scholars Selected for
"TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund"
- Recruiting for 2015 Scholarship Begins Shortly -


Suntory Holdings Limited (Suntory) has partnered with the U.S. Embassy Tokyo and the U.S. Japan Council to award music scholarships via the "TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund" as a part of Suntory Group's "Suntory Tohoku Sunsun Project," which supports recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. This year, three students were selected, two of whom are from the Tohoku region. In addition, recruiting will begin for 2015 scholars at selected schools in late August.

Suntory has partnered with the TOMODACHI Initiative, which is led by the United States Embassy in Tokyo and the U.S.-Japan Council, to establish a scholarship fund in 2013. For 3 years starting in 2014, the program provides scholarships to Japanese students for three music schools in the United States, with preferences given to students from the 3 Tohoku prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.

▼ "TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund" 2014 Scholarship Recipients

School Student Hometown Major
The Juilliard School Naoko Tajima Tokyo Violin
Berklee College of Music Takeru Saito
Shun Kumagai
Alto saxophone

This year, there were no new Japanese students for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

▼ "TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund" 2015 requirements

♦ Music Schools and Scholarship Amounts

Selected students in 2015 will receive scholarships for the following music schools:

(1)The Juilliard School
    - One student will receive $10,000 annually for 4 years

(2)Berklee College of Music
    - Two students will receive $20,000 annually for 4 years

(3)San Francisco Conservatory of Music
    - One student will receive $20,000 annually for 4 years

♦ Total Scholarship Amount    $840,000

The total amount awarded to the selected students per school during 2014-2016:

(1)The Juilliard School         $120,000 for 3 students

(2)Berklee College of Music        $480,000 for 6 students

(3)San Francisco Conservatory of Music      $240,000 for 3 students

♦ Eligibility

Japanese applicants must be accepted into one of the U.S. music schools partnering with the TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund. Applicants from the three prefectures affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures) receive preferential consideration as part of the Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction and Revitalization Assistance Program.

♦ Application Information

Individuals interested in the scholarship must apply directly to each U.S. educational institution in accordance with their guidelines. For more information, please visit:

♦ Selection Process

The respective U.S. music schools will select and notify successful applicants.

♦ Acceptance for Scholarship

If selected for the scholarship, applicants will receive letters of acceptance directly from the music schools after Spring 2015.

♦ About the TOMODACHI Initiative

The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Born out of support for Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, TOMODACHI invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs. The Initiative seeks to foster a "TOMODACHI Generation" of young American and Japanese leaders who are committed to and engaged in strengthening US-Japan relations, appreciating each other's countries and cultures, and possessing the global skills and mindsets needed to contribute to and thrive in a more cooperative, prosperous, and secure world.


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