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Japanese building pictureThe Ambassadors to Japan Program was born out of the Yamato Kogyo/ANC Foundation Scholarship Golf Tournament, which began in 1991.  At that time, Mr. Hiroyuki Inoue, President of the Yamato Kogyo Company, wanted to do something in this area to show his appreciation for the people here.

 

The golf tournament has raised over $450,000 (through 2015) for student scholarships since its inception.  Then, in 1995, Mr. Inoue made an announcement at the tournament inviting students to visit Japan.  It was his hope that the students would learn about the Japanese culture and bring that knowledge back to this area.

 

The first ambassadors traveled to Japan in 1996.  Since its inception, several ANC students have traveled to Japan through this program.

 

 

So, What Exactly is the Program?

 

It's an opportunity for our students to travel to Japan for a two-week stay to learn about that country.  The trip is totally paid for by the Yamato Kogyo Company with the ANC Foundation paying the airfare.

ANC students in Japan

The students usually travel in May immediately following commencement and just prior to the summer semester.

 

Students stay in hotels, the Yamato Kogyo Dormitory, and the homes of Yamato Kogyo employees - to experience the Japanese way of life.

 

Once they return, the ambassadors are available to speak to classes and organizations, such as Rotary, about their travels.

 

While there, they truly are ambassadors not only for Arkansas Northeastern College or the state of Arkansas, but the United States.

 

 

How are the Students Selected?

 

There is a fairly rigorous selection process.  Students meeting the criteria are invited to apply.  The criteria includes:

  • 3.0 GPA

  • Enrolled in (9) credit hours or more

  • 30 hours completed

  • Planning to graduate from ANC

  • Ages 18-24

 

Japan Ambassadors to Date

ANC students eating in Japan

 

2015

Tessa Fulling

Madison Gifford

 

2014

Sarah Ellis

Danielle Hicks

 

2013

Blake Carr

Aaron O'Neal

 

2012

Alison Shotwell

Hannah Thompson

 

2011

- none -

 

2010

Kyle Cassidy

Chelsea Pierce

 

2009

Chelsea Becker

Josh Cooke

 

2008

Hunter Veach

James Whitaker

 

2007

Zachary Barnett

Brittany Rayburn

 

2006

Krista Haynes

Brittany Jarred

 

2005

Kaleigh Gates

Casey Hill

 

2004

Jonna Clark

Hollie Pfeffer

 

2003

Kelley King

Rachel Walker

 

2002

Ed Bracey

Natalie Johnson

 

2001

Christina Crawford

Victory Walker

 

2000

Katie Hester

Christina Weber

 

1999

Jansen Cahoon

Tonia Person

 

1998

Ondreia Ray

Michael Stovall

 

1997

Janice Bragg

Misty Watts

Japan Ambassadors enjoy a New Culture

 

From visiting ancient temples to grocery shopping, ANC's Ambassadors to Japan haveYamato Kogyo Logo the opportunity to experience the Japanese way of life firsthand.  This opportunity is made possible through the generosity of the Yamato Kogyo Company of Japan.  Because of the commitment of its leaders, Yamato Kogyo has helped to foster the importance of learning and education in this area.  We are proud to be a partner in the Japan Ambassadors Program and look forward to providing continued educational opportunities to our students.

 

Ambassadors to Japan Info

2016 Ambassadors to Japan Info

2016 Ambassadors to Japan Application

 


 

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