Nikon Scholarship Program in Laos
After starting operation of Nikon Lao Co., Ltd. in Savannakhet Province, Laos, in 2013, Nikon Group established two scholarships in May 2014--the Nikon-EDF Japan Scholarship for Laos for junior high school students and Nikon-JICA Scholarship for Laos for university students.
With the cooperation of the Education for Development Foundation Japan (EDF-Japan), the Nikon-EDFJapan Scholarship for Laos supports students in Savannakhet Province attending junior high schools so that children can create a bright future. The Nikon-JICA Scholarship for Laos which started with the cooperation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) extends scholarships to students studying at Savannakhet University, aiming for the development of individuals who will improve the future of Laos and cultivate friendship with Japan.
In the year ending March 2016, the second year of the scholarship program, 100 junior high school students and 40 university students were awarded.
Since 2015, a project that gives scholarship students a framed picture has been carried out as a part of the scholarship program.
Nikon-EDFJapan Scholarship for Laos
The Nikon-EDFJapan Scholarship for Laos is a program that supports the education of 100 junior high school students every year with the cooperation of the Education for Development Foundation Japan (EDF-Japan).
From September to October each year, using EDF's international education support system, Nikon provides school supplies, such as uniforms, learning aids and bags, to scholarship students in 25 junior high schools in Savannakhet Province.
Nikon also implemented a project to support junior high school students learning and studies through the donation of educational support tools (Lao language books, sporting goods and learning aids) to all junior high schools in Savannakhet Province, a total of 130 junior high schools. The education support tools have been provided to a total of 50 schools up to the year ending March 2016.
Nikon-JICA Scholarship for Laos
The Nikon-JICA Scholarship for Laos is a program that was established in full cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the JICA Laos Office. The program supports university students pursuing their degrees at Savannakhet University. Every year, Nikon plans to provide financial aid to 40 students who are recommended by the university. This aid is designed to be used for necessary expenses including all tuition fees and learning tools.
"Gift from Nikon" Project
Since November 2015, Nikon has been working on the "Gift from Nikon" Project as part of the Nikon-JICA Scholarship for Laos. Providing the scholarship students an opportunity to enjoy photography, Nikon's specialty, and by giving them a picture taken with their friends who will study together, we hope that the project will encourage all of them.
Nikon takes pictures of the scholarship recipients at the conferment ceremony at Savannakhet University. The photos are put in frames in Laos and presented to the new scholars every year.