Scholarship Information

The Kyoto Prize 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.  All applications will be submitted through their online common application portal. 

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 2016 Kyoto Prize Laureates.

  • Dr. Takeo Kanade Advanced Technology – 
  • Dr. Tasuku Honjo – Basic Sciences – 
  • Mr. Martha Craven Nussbaum – Arts & Philosophy – 

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.  If you have not yet decided on your educational and career goals, describe some possible goals and explain how you might explore and decide on them.   (Maximum words 250)

2) Tell us about a personal accomplishment, contribution, or experience that is important to you.  What about it makes you proud, and how does it relate to the person you are?  (Maximum words 500)

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

The Kyoto Prize Scholarship application will open on December 1, 2016.   

  • Application Launch Date                                                     December 1, 2016
  • Application Deadline                                                          January 11, 2017
  • Finalist Notification*                                                           TBD
  • Finalist Interviews                                                               TBD
  • Scholarship Winner Notification                                         TBD
  • Kyoto Prize Opening Ceremony**                                      March 14, 2017


*Finalists will be required to provide an unofficial school transcript and two reference contacts (teacher, counselor, adviser, or coach) prior to their interview.

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