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Oct 24, 2013
APU has established the Ichikawa Scholarship for African Students to provide up to 50,000 yen per month for one year to students from Africa.
The scholarship was founded with a generous donation from Mrs. ICHIKAWA Hiromi, the mother of an APU alumna, and will be conferred from AY2013 until AY2018. On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, the a presentation ceremony for this new scholarship was held at APU, and Mrs. ICHIKAWA, the three scholarship recipients, President KORENAGA Shun and Dean of Student Affairs KIM Chan Hoe were all in attendance.
In an opening address, President KORENAGA said, "This scholarship will provide significant encouragement to students who come all the way from Africa to study here, and I am deeply grateful [for this donation]." Upon receiving his scholarship, ONGARIA Keith Peter (APM2, Republic of Uganda) expressed his gratitude by saying, "Now I can concentrate on my studies and extracurricular activities without worrying about tuition and living costs." The two other recipients, AMO Thompson (GSAM 2, Republic of Ghana) and AGOMUO Wilson O. (GSMM 2, Federal Republic of Nigeria), also expressed their appreciation for the scholarship. After presenting the scholarships, Mrs. ICHIKAWA explained, "I decided to establish this scholarship fund in part because my daughter, who has since graduated from APU, spent one year studying abroad in Botswana. I hope these scholarships help the recipients achieve their dreams.”
At the reception held afterwards, the students mingled with Mrs. ICHIKAWA and the university executives and talked about their extracurricular activities and lives at APU.