TOEFL® Scholarship Program Awards US$42,000 to Exceptional Students from Japan

Winners Represent Amagasaki, Kobe, Matsudo, Osaka, Saitama, Tokyo and Yokohama


Tokyo, Japan (June 28, 2013) —

For the third consecutive year, Educational Testing Service (ETS) presented TOEFL® Scholarships to outstanding students from Japan. The TOEFL Scholarship Program honors the academic excellence of exemplary TOEFL test takers in Japan by awarding US$42,000 in scholarships.

Jennifer Brown, Executive Director of the TOEFL program traveled to Tokyo to present the 14 students with US$3,000 scholarships to help them continue their education at the undergraduate or graduate school level. The TOEFL Scholarships can be used at any of the more than 8,500 institutions around the world that accept the TOEFL test.

"ETS is pleased to offer the TOEFL Scholarship Program in Japan for the third consecutive year," commented Brown. "Since 2011, ETS has awarded US$122,000 in scholarships to Japanese students. We are committed to assisting Japanese students in mastering the English language and continuing their education in Japan or abroad. We wish today's scholarship winners the best as they take the next step in achieving their educational goals."

Selected from a competitive pool of applications, each applicant was evaluated based on his or her English communication skills, academic record, leadership skills and extracurricular activities. This year, a 10 percent increase was recorded in the number of applications received compared to last year. Five of the fourteen students will apply the scholarships to pursue a degree in a science field.

The ETS Scholarship & Recognition Program group, which annually administers millions of dollars in new and renewable awards in the United States and abroad, was involved in the coordination of the TOEFL Scholarship Program in Japan.

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