Xavier International Students Scholarship
Under the agreement between Xavier High School (located in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia), Sophia University, and APIC, a cooperation agreement between the three institutions has been signed which Sophia University will constantly accept one international student from Xavier High School each year, designating the high school as its overseas affiliated school.
This scholarship system was put in place in order to support the development of education in the Micronesian region (Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and Republic of the Marshall Islands). The first student from Xavier High School entered Sophia University under this program in the fall semester of 2014.
The cooperation agreement was partially revised in May 2017, which allowed the increase in number of students to enter each year from only one to two. In total, nine students have entered Sophia University under this program, and three have graduated as of March, 2021.
In order to accept international students on a long-term basis, APIC provides related expenses including travel costs, enrollment fees, tuition fees and living expenses. APIC is committed to helping students from Micronesia reach their goals, and is only able to provide these expenses with the help of its donors. We appreciate any donation amount, at any time. First-time donors are more than welcome, as are repeaters. Please consider funding a meaningful cause.
Seven years have passed since APIC established the "Xavier High School International Students Scholarship Program” in April 2014. Thanks to your support, we have been able to see three students graduate so far. During this time, APIC has received generous donations from many people. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for these donations.
Our country has quite a close historical relationship with the Micronesian region (please refer to “About Xavier High School” shown above). We think that human resource development is a necessary measure for the growth of these pacific countries, so we built a chance for the people there to permanently receive Japanese highest education. We were encouraged by the fact that we were able to receive high praise and support from the parents of the students at Xavier High School, Board of Directors, the Society of Jesus who runs the school, and also important people of FSM.
The students themselves overcame many difficulties due to the change in their living environment, and left the school achieving excellent grades.
However, since the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly restricted the freedom to travel, the students are facing difficulties now. We are in a situation which graduates are not able to return to their home countries, and the new students cannot come to Japan. APIC is working on motivating the students to study abroad by being considerate to their feelings and work hard together to overcome this difficult situation, based on the purpose and meaning of this scholarship program.
This concludes the most recent status update of this program. APIC would like to kindly ask for your donation to our meaningful cause written above, and for your further support to the "Xavier High School International Students Scholarship Program” donation.
Finally, we pray for the pandemic to end as soon as possible, and sincerely wish for your health and great happiness.
(Ambassador to China 1995-1998)
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