Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes

Bowdoin students have been successful in receiving Fulbright grants to conduct research in Japan, as well as JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) awards to teach English there. Sponsored by the Japanese government, the JET program sends new graduates to promote international understanding at a grass-roots level and to improve English language teaching in schools. Many have also received scholarships from the Bridging Project and Middlebury College to fund intensive language study.

2016
Michael Amano '17 and Virginia Crow '18 received the Bowdoin College Museum of Art Curatorial Fellowship to conduct research on an art exchange between elementary school students in Hiroshima and Santa Fe in 1953.

Five students were selected to the JET program. Three will be traveling to Japan and two declined to pursue other exciting opportunities:
Katherine Carter '16
Michael Colbert '16
Robert Hughes '15
Grégoire Faucher '16 (declined)
Alithea McFarlane '15 (declined)

Alithea McFarlane was selected as one of the 2016 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows. Recipients of the Pickering Fellowship receive two years of financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them for a career in the Foreign Service.

Grégoire Faucher was admitted with financial aid to Stanford University East Asian Studies M.A. Program.

Four students picked up prizes at the Japanese Language Contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. Melissa Miura '19 and Hui Cao '16 won first and second place respectively in the Advanced Division. Tossapol Pholcharee '18 and Claudia Knox '19 took first and third place respectively in the Intermediate Division.

Katherine Gallwey Carter '16 received the Japanese Language Prize.

Anthony Bellavia '16 received the L.L. Bean Travel Fellowship for summer 2016.

Japanese National Honor Society inductees: Anthony Bellavia, Katherine Carter, Yehma J. Julien, Tyrone Li, Violet Ranson, Chandler Tinsman.

2015
Tianchen Zhou '14 and Alexandra Mathieu '15 were placed in first and second place in Advanced Division of the Japanese Consulate's Essay Contest.
Justin Ehringhaus '16 was placed third in the Advanced Division of the Consulate's Speech Contest.

Tyrone Li '16 named alternate to Critical Language Fellowship to fund study in Japan.

Violet Ranson '16 awarded a Goldsmith Adams Research Award and a Riley Research Grant.

Justin Ehringhaus '16 received the first Japanese Language Prize at the 19th Annual Honors Day Celebration.

2014
Yu Zhao '15 won first place in the Consulate General in Japan in Boston Japanese Language Contest.

Katherine Carter '16 won second place in the Consulate General in Japan in Boston Japanese Language Contest.

Alexandra Mathieu '15 won the Goldsmith Adams Award.

Theresa Faller '15 selected to do research in the sciences at the USTIP Program at University of Tokyo Kashiwa campus, but declined.

Japanese National Honor Society inductees: Alithea McFarlane, Benjamin D. Montgomery, Tianchen Zhou.

2013
Carolyn Barber ’13, Kim Lacey ’13 and Ruiqi Tang ‘13 selected for JET program.

Alexandra Mathieu ‘15 selected for Japan-America Student Conference.

Kim Lacey ’13 in Japanese 206 won the third prize in an essay contest organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston.

Will Bogardus '13 received Grua/O'Connell Research Award to support travel to Japan related to his honors project on 1960s labor movements in Japan.

2012
Shazed Ahmed '12 accepted to JET. (Declined) She was also awarded a financial award to attend the Middlebury Summer Language School.

Park Soon-Ho ‘12 in Japanese 308 won the 2nd prize in an essay contest organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston.

Alithea McFarlane ‘14 was selected and received funding to attend the Japan-America Student Conference.

2011
Alex Haskins ’11 received a financial fellowship sponsored by Harvard Graduate School.

Zoe Eddy ’10 received a financial fellowship sponsored by Harvard Graduate School.

George Amoithe ’11 received a financial fellowship sponsored by Columbia Graduate School.

Julianne Farrar ’13 received the Bridging Scholarship to fund study-away in Japan in fall 2012.

2009
Matthew Gray ’09 accepted to JET.

Samantha Scully ’09 accepted to JET.

Ikumi Crocoll ’09 accepted to JET.

2008
Andrew Steltzer ’08 selected to the Fulbright Undergraduate Fellowship Program. He studied the implementation of English language teaching in Japanese schools, exploring how broader national goals are translated into actual instruction. Read more about Andrew's experience on his blog.

Robert Rezvani ’08 accepted to JET.

Kenneth Akiha ’08 accepted to JET.

George Aumoithe ’11 is Freeman-ASIA Grant winner for study-away this summer

John Burlinson ’10 received a Bridging Scholarship for study-away in fall 2008

2007
Karen Tang ’07 selected to the Fulbright Undergraduate Fellowship Program. She studied the causes of rising mature divorce rates by reviewing scholarly articles, analyzing statistical evidence and conducting interviews.

Samantha Scully ’09 was selected and received funding to attend the Japan-America Student Conference.