Terasaki Foundation offers scholarships for students to visit Japan in December

Terasaki Foundation offers scholarships for students to visit Japan in December

An image of the Yamada Post Office captured by The Kahoku Shimpo, a local newspaper in Sendai

Participants will spent two weeks touring disaster-ravaged regions in Sendai, Minami Sanriku and Ishinomaki.

UCLA students will soon have an opportunity to tour regions of Japan that were affected by the tsumani and earthquake that rocked the island nation in March.

The Terasaki Foundation, a research center dedicated to cancer immunotherapy and the study of humoral immunity and transplantation, is offering scholarships for American youths, ages 18 and over, to visit Sendai, Minami Sanriku and Ishinomaki, areas that were particularly affected by the tsunami, to receive lectures on local history and the aftermath of the disaster. The Terasaki Foundation was founded in 2000 by Paul Terasaki, a UCLA alumnus, professor emeritus of surgery and pioneer in organ transplant medicine, who contributed $5 million to support contemporary Japanese studies at UCLA. The Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies at UCLA's International Institute was named for him in 2006.

The trip will be held Dec. 17 to 31, 2011. Applications must be received by Nov. 21.

Participants will be required to pay $2,000 to cover the cost of airfare. Remaining costs, including hotel, bus, rail tickets, tour guides, insurance, etc, will be covered by the Terasaki Foundation (an estimated value of $2,500 to $3,000).

Successful applications will be notified on Nov. 23 by email.

For application form and further information, email info@terasakilab.org

Published: Sunday, November 13, 2011