Clearwater seeks 4 students for scholarships to travel to Japan

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CLEARWATER, Fla. – Clearwater is looking to send four local high school students on an educational trip halfway across the world to Japan.

Four students will be selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship that will go toward spending one week during the 2017 summer in Clearwater’s Sister City of Nagano, Japan as part of the Sister Cities International Exchange Program. The program is a partnership between the city of Clearwater and the Pinellas County School Board.

This opportunity will give four high school students a chance to immerse themselves in Japan’s culture, giving them a hands-on learning opportunity they can’t get from just reading books. During their stay, the students will reside with homestay families and visit junior and senior high schools. As part of their visit, the students will make numerous presentations at each school, and actively participate in educational exchanges between Clearwater and Nagano students.

Those eligible must be a resident of Clearwater, enrolled in high school, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher, and enrolled in a world language class, international business, or comparative cultures or have completed a sequence of similar study. Those interested in this unique opportunity must apply by Jan. 6. You can find out about all the requirements and get an application by visiting You can also contact Chris Hubbard at 562-4837 or email, provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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