Kyoto Prize Symposium Scholarship Essays

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The Inamori Foundation (President: Kazuo Inamori) is pleased to announce the laureates of the 2017 Kyoto Prize, an international award presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of humankind.  This year’s Prize goes to the following three individuals:

Advanced Technology(Field of Electronics)

Dr. Takashi Mimura, Semiconductor Engineer

Invention of the High Electron Mobility Transistor (HEMT) and its development for the progress of information and communications technology.

Basic Sciences (Field of Biological Sciences)

Dr. Graham Farquhar, Plant Physiologist

Development of process-based models of photosynthesis and their contributions to the science of global environmental changes.

Arts and Philosophy(Field of Music)

Dr. Richard Taruskin, Musicologist

A musicologist and critic of prodigious erudition who has transformed contemporary perspectives on music through historical research and essays that defy conventional critical paradigms.

The Kyoto Presentation Ceremony will be held in Kyoto, Japan on November 10, 2017.  Each laureate will receive a diploma, the Kyoto Prize medal (20K gold), and prize money of 50 million yen.

Please join us March 20-22, 2018 for the 2018 Kyoto Prize Symposium in San Diego.

The Kyoto Prize Scholarships

The Kyoto Prize Scholarship Application is now closed.  

Thank you for submitting your application.  Finalist will be contacted by phone by January 31, 2018.

The Kyoto Scholarships provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors from San Diego County who are attending an accredited four-year university in the United States. A companion scholarship is available to students residing in Tijuana.

Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be actively involved in serving their community as demonstrated by their involvement in community/church service, extra-curricular activities, or work experience. Criteria for awarding the Kyoto Scholarship go beyond academic performance and GPA – through these scholarships, the Kyoto Symposium Organization seeks to recognize students who are actively pursuing the betterment of society.

Average number of scholarships: 6 (3 from San Diego; 3 from Tijuana)
Average amount of each award: Up to $10,000

Apply now for the Kyoto Prize Scholarship.  Click the link below to get started.

Kyoto Prize Scholarship online applications will be available through The San Diego Foundation website.  Allapplications will be submitted through their online common application portal. 

Students wishing to apply for the Kyoto Prize Scholarship will be required to submit an essay – maximum 500 words, in addition to the Common Application questions included in the application.

Kyoto Prize Essay Topic

Select ONE of the following 2017 Kyoto Prize Laureates:

Advanced Technology – Dr. Takashi Mimura – Field of Electronics

Basic Sciences – Dr. Graham Farquhar – Field of Biological Sciences

Arts & Philosophy – Dr. Richard Taruskin – Field of Music

Describe what inspires you most about his/her life, achievements, work and contributions to society.

Common Application Essay questions:

1) If you have decided on your educational and career goals, describe them and explain how your interest in these goals developed.  If you have not yet decided on your educational and career goals, describe some possible goals and explain how you might explore and decide on them.   (Maximum words 250)

2) Tell us about a personal accomplishment, contribution, or experience that is important to you.  What about it makes you proud, and how does it relate to the person you are?  (Maximum words 500)

**Note:  All three essay questions are required to complete the Kyoto Prize Scholarship Application.**

  • Application Launch Date                               Friday, December 1, 2017
  • Application Deadline                                     Wednesday, January 10, 2018                                                         
  • Finalist Notification*
  • Finalist Interviews                                         Wednesday, February 7, 2018
  • Scholarship Winner Notification                   February 14 – 21, 2018
  • Kyoto Prize Opening Ceremony**                Tuesday, March 20, 2018                                     

*Finalists will be required to provide an unofficial school transcript and two reference contacts (teacher, counselor, adviser, or coach) prior to their interview.

**Kyoto Prize Scholarship winners are invited and expected to attend the Opening Ceremonies Gala.

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