Student Stories

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 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

July 21, 2016 – 

Thank you, Ambassador Caroline Kennedy

(pictured with Bridging Foundation Chairman Thierry Porté and Bridging Scholars during the Bridging Foundation reception at the Ambassador’s residence on January 26, 2016)

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April 26, 2016 – 

babatunjiBabatunji Kayode, a Business Administration major at California State University East Bay, has long been interested in Japan. Thanks to our generous Robert Grondine Memorial Scholarship donors, Babatunji is currently enrolled in a year-long academic program at Toyo University, where … » READ MORE

March 29, 2016 – 

Olivia2For my 2015 Antioch University independent field research project, I chose health, healing, nature and spirituality in Japan. I traveled many miles by train, subway, shinkansen (bullet train), taxi and foot and hopped from small islands to even smaller islands … » READ MORE

February 24, 2016 – 


J. Sam Bett, a Bridging Scholar alumnus (University of Massachusetts–Amherst/Kwansei Gakuin 2007-2008), has just been awarded first prize in the 2nd Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP) International Translation Competition.  Sam was kind enough to write to us, “Nine years » READ MORE