Scholarship Information

The Kyoto Scholarships

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


Kyoto Prize Scholarship online applications will be available through The San Diego Foundation website beginning December 4, 2013. All applications will be submitted through their online common application portal.  Students must register to submit an application and are encouraged to register with The San Diego Foundation early. Access to the Common Application takes approximately 48 hours.

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 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureates.

             Dr. Robert H. Dennard – Advanced Technology – Field of Electronics

             Dr. Masatoshi Nei  – Basic Sciences – Field of Biological Sciences

             Mr. Cecil Taylor – Arts & Philosophy – 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.


1.) If you have not yet decided on your educational and career goals, describe some possible goals and explain how you will explore them and what might help you to decide on them.


2.) What is a unique experience, accomplishment, skill or quality that sets you apart from everyone else? Describe and explain how you achieved this experience or accomplishment or how you developed this skill or quality.


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


Kyoto Prize Scholarship applications are now closed.  


Application Launch Date                                      December 4, 2013

MUST Register on TSDF website by                     January 13, 2014

Application Deadline                                           January  15,  2014 – CLOSED

Finalist Notification                                             January 27, 2014

Finalist Interviews                                               February , 2014  (week of February 3rd)

Scholarship Winner Notification                         February ,2014  (week of February 10th)

Kyoto Prize Opening Ceremony*                        March 17, 2014


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