What we want to protect is, a life with choice.

I never had what  you'd call "dreams".

After I was out on my own,  I worked at a company for 2 years, just surviving.

When I was first introduced  to The Nippon Foundation Dream Scholarship,  I thought of this cafe owner,  I knew back when I was in high school.

So I want to become a barista so I might also  create a place to bring people together.

That was the first dream I had.  Now, it's not just a dream, it's an achievable goal.

4th The Nippon Foundation Dream Scholarship Recipient:  L'ecole Vantan's Uno Ryota

Approximately 2,000 children graduate from child care facilities and foster families every year

Children who graduate from a child's home or foster home at age 18
(as of May 1, 2018)
College advancement rates for children from child care facilities and/or foster families
(as of May 1, 2018)

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
"For the Promotion of Social Child Care" April 2019

Approximately 35,000 children in Japan live in child care facilities and foster families. Approximately 2,000 of these people turn 18 each year, leaving our facilities and/or foster families. Children leaving institutions and/or foster parents must pay their own way. Their university enrollment rate is 18.1%, very low compared to 52.1% of all high school graduates. We want to help all children with dreams receive a fighting chance to achieve those dreams. So what can we do?

What is The Nippon Foundation
Kids Support Project?

Supporting Young Adults Raised in Foster care Facilities, Supporting Seriously ill children, Addressing child poverty, Happy Yurikago Project, Rocket Project for talented children, Helping Children Thrive Project

Through the help of your donations, we connect children to the future of society.

The Nippon Foundation supports children living with a variety of difficulties, including poverty, unstable family environments, and seriously ill. The Nippon Foundation is responsible for relaying the thoughts of our donors.

"The Nippon Foundation Dream Scholarship" provides equal opportunities for children raised in child care facilities and foster families.

A benefit-based  scholarship system  for young people raised  under social care.

Not only school expenses, but also living and accommodation costs. No repayment required. Social workers offer emotional support

  • The scholarship is designed for those who do not receive parental support, suffer from hardships, and/or live with foster families. We give support to young people striking out on their own, attending university or junior college.

  • The Nippon Foundation Dream Scholarship began in Aichi, Gifu and Mie prefectures in fiscal 2016. In fiscal 2017, the program was expanded nationwide, and as of May 2019, a total of 509 people had applied for the program, and 62 have been selected as scholarship recipients.

Our Scholarship  Recipients

  • There are a lot of things you don't know when you're getting out of the system and you're out there all on your own.I thought about continuing my education after high school, but I was worried about how I was going to get by, so I opted to start working. I was feeling frustrated when I found the scholarship, helping me make my dreams come true and now I'm working towards becoming a barista. I'm currently in training at a cafe while I'm going to vocational school. I am currently studying a foreign language and I hope to work overseas in the future.

    4th scholarship student, L'ecole Vantan's

    Ryota Uno

  • Through the training in nursing training that I received in high school, I decided to become a nurse so I can help others by providing them with both mental and physical care. Scholarships are necessary to attend school. The people around me were against my continued education, I found The Nippon Foundation Dream Scholarship all on my own and sent in my application. I appreciate the financial support I've received so much, and each chance I get to meet up with my fellow recipients, it gives me a boost even when I'm feeling down.

    3rd scholarship recipient, nursing school

    Sakika Nakagawa

  • I was surprised because the amount is much larger than other scholarships. I was so grateful that my foster parents wanted to help me by paying for my schooling, but I wanted to try to manage it on my own. Of course, I'm happy to have the money. But more than anything, I'm glad I got the chance to meet the other scholarship recipients.

    3rd scholarship recipient, HAL Nagoya Technical School

    Koki Kawarazaki

3 Key Characteristics of The
Nippon Foundation

  • All the donations
    go to the children

  • Over 50 years of

  • Accurate donor

Total donations: ¥208,403,601(as of April 2020)