Hiroshima Peace Scholarship
(L-R) 2012 HPS Scholars Lynn Takeshita & Eryn Nakashima, and chaperone's daughter Malia Kiang with the Sadako Crane Garlands in Hiroshima.
The Hiroshima Peace Scholarship was founded in 2009 by Hiromi Peterson and Naomi Hirano-Omizo, retired Japanese language faculty of Punahou School, to encourage young PEACEBUILDERS and strengthen relationships between Hawaii and Hiroshima. JASH took over administration of the program in 2021.
HPS provides high school juniors residing on Oahu an opportunity to study peace-related resources in their community and to participate in an educational trip to Hiroshima, Japan, where they will explore the history and effects of World War II, engage in collaborative activities with students in Hiroshima, and share their peace messages in Hiroshima and Hawaii. This scholarship program includes a 10-day trip to Hiroshima where students will visit the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, participate in events commemorating the August 6, 1945 bombing of Hiroshima, present their research projects at a Peace Forum for high school students, and experience homestays with host families and exchanges with Japanese students. Scholars will be received in Hiroshima by the Hawaii Heiwa Scholarship Committee, who are coordinating an inaugural program for Hiroshima students to be received in Hawaii in Spring 2024.
The program also includes mandatory pre- and post-trip commitments including pre-trip orientation, post-trip debriefing meeting, and at least four (4) half-day workshops during which they will prepare for their Peace Forum presentations, engage with the local community in the Sadako Peace Projects at Pearl Harbor, learn about Japanese culture, and undergo media training to prepare them as representatives of Hawaii. Upon returning from Hiroshima, scholars are required to present on their HPS experience at their schools to share what they learned about the war and the connections they built in Hiroshima. Scholars are also expected to participate in the orientation meeting for the following year's incoming scholars, and participate in certain events for the Hawaii Heiwa Scholarship Program to welcome the students from Hiroshima.
(L-R) 2011 HPS Chaperone Natalie Hayashi and Scholars Tama Fukuyama and Nate Cox at the Hiroshima Dome.
ABOUT THE 2023 PROGRAM
For the 2023 program, JASH will select two (2) high school students to be awarded the scholarship: one (1) private school student, and one (1) public school student on Oahu. Students with or without Japanese language background may apply; Japanese language is NOT a requirement for this scholarship. There are no application fees. ALL Oahu HS Juniors are encouraged to APPLY!
To apply for the 2023 program, students must complete a written application (download link below), including a proposal identifying a family member or family friend whose wartime experiences they want to learn more about and share with high school students in Hiroshima in order to discuss the impacts of war and the importance of peace. Written teacher evaluations and an oral interview with the applicant will also be part of the application process. Please see our application PDF for more information.
Applications may be mailed, faxed, or submitted via our online form (link below); Teachers should submit their evaluations directly to the JASH Office by mail, fax, or online submission.
OUR APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED. Mahalo to everyone who applied for this year's program!
ALL Application Materials Due to the JASH Office: Friday, January 6, 2023
Interviews: Saturday, February 18, 2023* (rescheduled; applicants moving forward to the interview stage will be contacted with more information)
2. Teacher Recommendation Form (PDF) (also included in the Full Application Packet)
3. Online Application Submission - now closed
Please note that program details, including the program schedule, may change in accordance with the U.S. and Japan’s health and safety policies.