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Clearwater Giving Scholarships to Four Students to Travel to Japan

Program is part of the Clearwater/Nagano Sister Cities High School Exchange Program

Post Date:11/27/2017 7:51 AM

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The dream of visiting and experiencing the culture of another country halfway around the world can now become a reality for some Clearwater High School students. Clearwater is looking to send four local high school students on an educational trip to Japan. Four students will be selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship that will go toward spending one week during the summer 2018 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. 12. The requirements and an application can be found by visiting and clicking on the Arts & Culture tab, or by contacting Michael Lavery at (727) 562-4819 or by email,

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