Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation provides privately sponsored
scholarships to foreign students pursuing academic studies and/or research in Japan. The scholarship funds come from contributions made by all the Rotarians in Japan.
The scholarship supports excellent students from other countries who are studying or doing research at Japanese institutions of higher learning and who will go on to play active roles in both their own countries and international society.
The Yoneyama Scholarship program was inaugurated to commemorate Mr. Umekichi Yoneyama, a businessman who made a great contribution to establishing Japan’s first Rotary club, the Rotary Club of Tokyo. Initiated by the club in 1952, the program was expanded to a joint undertaking by Rotary clubs all across Japan.
In 1967, the program became the Rotary Yoneyama Memorial Foundation, having received authorization from the Ministry of Education (now the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).
The purpose of the Foundation is to grant scholarships to non-Japanese students who are pursuing academic studies and/or research in Japanese universities and other schools and who will go on to play active roles in their respective countries and international society.
During their stays in Japan, Yoneyama Scholars experience firsthand Japanese culture and customs, enabling them to form bridges between their countries and Japan. Through their interactions with rotary club members, it is hoped that the Scholars will cultivate within themselves a strong spirit of societal participation. In the future, they will be expected to make their own contributions to cultivating and sustaining world peace and harmony, an ideal embraced by all Rotarians.