Japanese hotel The Peninsula Tokyo has become the first luxury hotel in the country to provide a full-ride academic scholarship, following the announcement of the first recipient of the Great East Japan Earthquake Hotelier Scholarship.
The Peninsula Tokyo, together with Japan College of Foreign Languages’ (JCFL), honoured Mizuki Kumagai in a ceremony held recently to commemorate the upcoming second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2013.
The scholarship, the first of its kind in Japan, was created to benefit students of the Tohoku region, which was devastated by the major earthquake that struck the area in 2011.
Formed in February 2012, the Great East Japan Earthquake Hotelier Scholarship will be awarded once every two years to one student and covers his/her two-year academic hotelier programme entrance fees, tuition, books and dormitory expenses. It is valued at JPY5.8m ($65,550).
The recipients of the scholarship will also be offered a part-time job during the course and an option for a full-time job at The Peninsula Tokyo hotel and a three-month cross-training programme at The Peninsula hotel in Hong Kong after graduation.
Kumagai, aged 17 from Iwaki city located in Fukushima prefecture, was selected for the scholarship based on an essay she wrote to express her desire to pursue a career in the hospitality industry, and an interview with The Peninsula Tokyo Scholarship Committee.
Kumagai will be among 1,500 freshmen to enter JCFL on 8 April 2013 for a two-year academic hotelier programme.
The Peninsula Tokyo general manager Malcolm Thompson said, "We hope that The Peninsula Tokyo’s Great East Japan Earthquake Hotelier Scholarship encourages young people to pursue careers in hospitality and also encourages other hotel companies to help foster those dreams."
Under its social service programme, the hotel has also raised funds to support Hands On Tokyo’s Disaster Services Division, which aims to rebuild the Tohoku region, and gathered funds for the Japanese Red Cross Society through The Peninsula Hotel’s 2011 HOPE for JAPAN programme.
Image: Mizuki Kumagai will be among 1,500 freshmen to enter JCFL on 8 April 2013 for a two-year academic hotelier programme.