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The Grew Foundation, created in honor of the late U.S. Ambassador to Japan Joseph Grew, is offering scholarships to Japanese high school students aiming to study at U.S. colleges, the foundation said Monday.

Under the program, three high school students scheduled to graduate next March can receive scholarships to study at designated U.S. liberal arts colleges after passing an initial screening of their application documents, a written test and interview.

The foundation said it will provide up to 2.5 million yen per year for one student for four years for expenses covering tuition, accommodations, food, health insurance and airfare. Two more students will receive funding to cover necessary expenses, excluding tuition, for the same period.

By offering the scholarships, the foundation aims to help nurture internationally minded individuals and deepen understanding between Japan and United States, it said.

Grew served as ambassador to Japan between 1932 and 1942. Established in 1950, the foundation has supported about 100 Japanese students through college.

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