Since its inception in 1949, the College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ) has been a not-for-profit volunteer organization made up of Japanese and non-Japanese women with common interests and goals. The CWAJ membership of over 450 women from 30 countries work together in CWAJ’s unique Co-Chair system of pairing Japanese and non-Japanese members to head each working committee.
A dynamic, progressive organization, the College Women’s Association of Japan promotes education and fosters multicultural friendships. Through meaningful volunteer activities, we empower and inspire each other to create an enduring, positive impact on our communities.
To provide our Members with:
- Rewarding volunteer and leadership opportunities
- Teamwork between Japanese and non-Japanese partners Stimulating educational programs
- Enjoyable intercultural activities
To serve our community by:
- Awarding Scholarships to women and to the visually impaired
- Presenting the annual CWAJ Print Show of high quality contemporary Japanese print art (hanga)
- Providing educational and cross-cultural programs for the community, including the visually impaired, foreign students, and children.
CWAJ’s primary mission is the provision of Scholarships for women wanting to further their studies both in Japan and overseas. Other scholarships are open to both men and women: those for visually impaired students and for Fukushima nursing students. These scholarships are funded by donations and by the proceeds from the CWAJ Print Show, an annual exhibition and sale of Japanese contemporary prints which was organized for the first time in 1956. Over the past five decades, more than 800 women from 35 countries have received CWAJ funds to study outside their home countries.
CWAJ promotes Education but it is much more than a scholarship-granting organization. CWAJ has built an extensive reputation for its English language services in various sections of the community. Volunteers assist visually impaired students in English and art appreciation programs. Weekly programs for Japanese returnee children are provided to maintain their English language skills. In addition, language and cultural exchange programs encourage foreign students in Tokyo.
The Special Interest Groups also offer various activities for members where we can develop and nurture friendship.