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November 19, 2018 – 

Your donations over the past 20 years have provided 1,945 students the financial assistance they needed to study abroad in Japan as Bridging Scholars. Without your support, these young adults simply would not have been able to gain leadership and … » READ MORE

November 7, 2018 – 

Long-time Bridging Scholars sponsor, Temple University Japan (TUJ) co-hosted a Bridging Scholar event on October 18, 2018, with the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) at their Tokyo campus.  Students, faculty, administrators, and Bridging Foundation board members enjoyed a reception … » READ MORE

September 5, 2018 – 

WebCoates2014 (class of 1999)We’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bridging Scholars throughout this fall and winter by updating you on what’s happened with some of the students since their study abroad.  Today we’re featuring J. Webster Coates from the first class of Bridging » READ MORE

November 15, 2017 – 

Temple University Japan (TUJ) hosted 35 current Bridging Scholars, alumni, supporters from TUJ and the U.S.-Japan Council TOMODACHI Initiative, and USJBF staff on November 9, 2017.  Bridging Scholars enjoyed the opportunity to network–receiving mentoring from alumni, supporters, and staff– while … » READ MORE

August 29, 2017 – 

Thanks to you, our donors and supporters, the 2016-2017 academic year Bridging Scholars have returned from a wonderful, challenging, exciting, nerve-wracking, and absolutely unforgettable year of study abroad in Japan.  They gained Japanese language and culture fluency, personal and professional … » READ MORE

August 25, 2017 – 

Thanks to you, donors and supporters, we are excited to announce that 89 U.S. college students will begin their studies in Japan in September.  They will immerse themselves in Japanese language and culture, and academic classes while gaining global leadership … » READ MORE

March 8, 2017 – 

Allow me to first thank the organization for the $4000 Bridging Scholarship stipend I received. It was a great help to me when I studied abroad at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan from September 2015 to August 2016. I took … » READ MORE

December 20, 2016 – 

When I talk to people about my study abroad experience, one of the most common questions I’m asked is, “what was it like?” It’s such a seemingly simple and straightforward question, and yet it’s one of the hardest questions to … » READ MORE

November 15, 2016 – 


Since the first class of 1999, the Bridging Foundation has assisted 1,723 Bridging Scholars to study in Japan. We enjoyed hearing from many of these alumni, who responded to our recent survey.  Bridging Scholar alumni reported that 78% of them … » READ MORE

September 28, 2016 – 

A-grill-500x333Photo courtesy Jordan MadridFood and friends and study abroad in Japan. Interested?  We encourage you to apply for a Bridging Scholarship by October 10, to receive financial assistance to study in Japan spring semester 2017.  U.S. undergraduate students from community colleges, public and … » READ MORE