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Vocational Scholarship Program; Assisting Future Leaders in Their Pursuit of Education

Since 1965, Akebono has provided scholarships through its Vocational Scholarship Program, a program that allows students to earn wages by working at Akebono while also covering their academic fees for a period of three years. This program has supported junior college students earning degrees in early childhood education or nutrition to acquire specialist qualifications in these fields.

The Vocational Scholarship Program is currently operated only at Akebono Brake Fukushima Manufacturing Co., Ltd. The scholarship students live together in the corporate dormitory and work alternating shifts to pursue their studies while working. By using their pay to cover their course fees, they can graduate by their own efforts and acquire qualifications. Once they complete their qualifications, they will go on to work at other companies, or as kindergarten teachers or nursery workers.

Today, more than 3,000 students have used the Vocational Scholarship Program, which has continued for over 50 years, including some second-generation recipients.

On the site of Fukushima Manufacturing is a dormitory called “To-En-Ryo” that was built in 1971 to support the scholarship students. As the dormitory had aged, it was rebuilt in fiscal 2015, and the completion ceremony was held in March 2016. The new building includes various innovations to make it easier to study while working.

Through the Vocational Scholarship Program, we strive to maintain robust relationships with scholarship students and other local residents by helping young people realize their future dreams.


The rebuilt “To-En-Ryo”