JETAANC established a university scholarship award in 2002, for high school seniors who are headed to an accredited college or university. The JETAANC scholarship is open to students within JETAANC’s geographic area, namely Nevada and the 48 northernmost Californian counties. This excludes San Luis Obispo, Kern, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial counties. Applicants do not need to be students of Japanese language, but must be able to demonstrate a sustained interest in Japan or Japanese culture.


The JETAANC serves as a support network and resource for returning JET Program participants in their transition to the Northern California Area, and also provides assistance in the recruitment and orientation of new participants of the JET Program for the Consulate General of Japan, San Francisco. Furthermore, the organization works to promote and support a deep understanding of Japanese culture by organizing and participating in Japan-related events.


The JETAANC Scholarship honors one high school senior each year that has demonstrated a genuine interest in Japan with a non-renewable $2,000* academic scholarship. JETAANC requires that the recipient be accepted to an accredited 2- or 4-year college in the fall semester after receiving the award and be a resident of one of the Northern California or Nevada counties that the JETAANC serves.

*In light of the added challenges students face due to COVID-19 this upcoming academic year, the 2021 scholarship award has been increased to $2,500.

Selection Criteria

The JETAANC Scholarship Committee will evaluate applicants based on their demonstrated interest in Japan, academic accomplishments and interests, recommendations, and responses to questions contained in the application. A demonstrated financial need may also be taken into consideration.


Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.

  • Be in the process of enrolling (full-time) in an undergraduate program at an accredited 2 or 4-year college or university commencing the Fall semester after receiving the award

  • Be a high school senior that lives in one of the following counties: Monterey, Kings, Tulane, and Inyo counties and all California counties north of them, as well as all counties in Nevada

  • Possess a sincere interest in Japan, as demonstrated by at least one (1) year of directed study or related activity


Fill out the online form and upload the following in .pdf format:

  • recent transcripts

  • scans of two letters of recommendation on school/business letterhead


  • March 1, 2021 - Application Opens

  • April 18, 2021 - Application Deadline

  • April 19 - May 2, 2021 - Application Screening & Selection

  • Early May 2021 - Selected Recipient Notified

  • Funds will be sent directly to the attending institution for use in the fall term in June 2021

If you have any questions about the application or process, please contact the scholarship coordinator at scholarship|at|


The JET Alumni Association of Northern California is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization open to current and returning participants of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. JETAANC formed in 1990, and became a California Public Benefit Corporation in 1994. Your name and contact information will be stored securely by the JETAANC and may be used only by the JETAANC for contacting you in the future for follow-up purposes.