No.12448   August 14, 2015

2015 Scholars Selected for “TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund”
- Recruiting for 2016 Scholarship Begins Shortly -


Suntory Holdings Limited (Suntory) has partnered with the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy Tokyo to award music scholarships via the "TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund" as part of Suntory Group's "Suntory Tohoku Sun-Sun Project," which supports recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake. This year, three students were selected. In addition, recruiting will begin for 2016 scholars at selected schools in mid-August.

Suntory partnered with the TOMODACHI Initiative to establish a scholarship fund in 2013. For three years starting in 2014, the program provides scholarships (Total scholarship amount $760,000) to Japanese students for three music schools in the United States, with preference given to students from the three Tohoku prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.
In 2014, three students were selected, two of whom were from the Tohoku region.

▼ “TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund” 2015 Scholarship Recipients

School Student Hometown Major
The Juilliard School Mio Ishikawa Tokyo Ballet
Berklee College of Music Kumpei Iki
Yuta Yamaguchi

This year, there were no scholars selected for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

▼ "TOMODACHI Suntory Music Scholarship Fund" 2016 requirements

♦ Music Schools and Scholarship Amounts

Selected students in 2016 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
     - Two students will receive $20,000 annually for 4 years

♦ 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 2016.

♦ About the TOMODACHI Initiative

The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy 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.  For more details:

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