Kanazawa University to waive fees for students affected by the quake

Kanazawa University, a national university in Ishikawa Prefecture, says it will exempt students affected by the Noto Peninsula earthquake from paying fees for the entrance examination and tuition. A newly formed community group is doing its bit to help students by offering scholarships.

The second round of public university examinations in Japan began on February 25. Kanazawa University had 3,493 applicants. Exam results will be announced on March 9.

For more details of the university's measures:
The University's Response to the Noto Peninsula Earthquake of 2024
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A new community group set up after the quake is also offering scholarships to students seeking to further their education. The group consists mainly of business owners based in Suzu City and others with ties to the Noto Peninsula.

A scholarship website set up by a community group in the Noto Peninsula

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The goal is to help students in financial trouble as a result of the quake to continue to higher education or advance their skills. The hope is that supported students will play a leading role in the recovery effort after graduation.

The scholarship amounts to 1.2 million yen per person per year. The group is aiming to assist about 30 students.

Students must meet the following conditions to be eligible:

  • Resident of a disaster-affected area.
  • Pursuing studies at university, graduate school, vocational school, junior college or technical college.
  • Willing to become a leader in quake reconstruction after graduation.
  • Participate in the group's monthly meetings on reconstruction.

Applications will be accepted on the website from March 1. Awarding of scholarships will begin on April 1, 2024. The organization is calling for donations so that it can support more students.

Group founder Iwaki Keitaro runs a pharmaceutical company based in Suzu City and Tokyo. He says, "I want young people to be able to continue their studies. Together we will build the Noto of the future."