9/01/13 - Hashi.org is proud to announce the winner of the 7th annual Travel Scholarship to an American citizen! This year, choosing one winner amongst the many outstanding applicants was far more difficult than in any previous year. We received dozens of outstanding applications, with essays describing a variety of backgrounds. Semi-finalists included:
· Peer mentor to Japanese homestay students who aspires to develop programs to serve orphans of Japanese and minority descent
· Exchange student going to study in Tokyo, who after graduation, plans to undertake graduate work in urban sustainability and study the role of environmental activism in the lives of Japan’s youth
· A student planning on being an English teacher in Japan through the JET program, who also aspires to create an engaging web journal to showcase life in Japan
· A law student with a goal of becoming an attorney with expertise in Japanese intellectual property (IP) and entertainment, who is becoming involved with The Waseda Reconstruction Support Office, which was established to serve as the coordinating center for recovery and reconstruction efforts regarding the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.