The Takada Scholarship for International Education

“We have been fortunate to travel to many continents and meet many people all over the world. Travel brings joy and understanding to Hideo and me. We are excited to be a part of the Study Abroad programs at KSU and look forward to assisting students for years to come”

- Hideo & Karen Takada

Donor Intent & Vision Statement

Hideo TakadaThe Takadas established this scholarship to give students in need of financial support, and who have not previously studied abroad, the opportunity to participate in an education abroad program outside of Western Europe. They hope to provide deserving KSU students with the opportunity to experience the same transformative cross-cultural immersion that has enriched their own personal, professional and intellectual lives.

Scholarship Recipient Eligibility

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student
  • Participating in a summer education abroad program outside of Western Europe
  • Must be able to demonstrate financial need for the scholarship

Scholarship Timeline

  • Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019
  • Recipient Notification: Nov. 15, 2019
  • Scholarship Awarded: April, 20120


The Takada Scholarship is awarded annually to one full-time KSU undergraduate student for participation in a summer (including Maymester) education abroad program outside of Western Europe. A list of eligible programs can be found on the Financial Aid page of the KSU Education Abroad website. This scholarship provides up to $1000 for education abroad program costs after other scholarships or financial awards have been applied.

Programs Eligible for the Emerson Scholarship

  • Africa (Benin) Europe (France) Study Abroad
  • CHEM 3200 Chemistry and Culture - Technology and Service in Costa Rica
  • Chinese Studies and Asian Studies Summer Study in China
  • Coles College Scholars Program - Int'l Immersion Dominican Republic
  • Communication and Governance in East Asia
  • Creative Writing in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Dance Education Abroad in Israel
  • Earth Science and Culture of Japan
  • Experiential Learning and Immersion in China
  • Gateway to Africa (Ghana) 2020
  • KSU Argentina and Chile Maymester
  • Moscow in May
  • Nursing in the Dominican Republic - A Population Based Program
  • Nursing Practicum in Ghana
  • Dominican Republic: Public Health and Community Empowerment
  • The Summer Study Abroad in Thailand
  • Ecuador 2020: Diversity and Community Engagement in Latin America
  • India Global Biotechnology
  • Language, Culture, Diversity, and Schooling in South Korea
  • Study Abroad South Korea - Hanyang International Summer School
  • Exchange - Bahrom International Program
  • Exchange - Hanyang International Summer School
  • Exchange - Soongsil International Summer School
  • Exchange - University of Laval

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for the Takada Scholarship, please review the requirements and deadlines listed above. Applicants who do not meet the the requirements along with any submissions after October 15, 2019 will be automatically denied.

Please email for questions regarding the Takada Scholarship.

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About the Takadas

Hideo and Karen Takada

Karen Michael Takada, a retired media executive, returned to college in 2009 and completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Kennesaw State University in 2015. “Kennesaw State’s efforts to foster and nurture world citizens with their many global initiatives attracted me to KSU and kept me there!" Mrs. Takada completed three study abroad programs while attending Kennesaw State. Karen volunteers with Path-To-Shine a volunteer non-profit group that mentors children in Marietta, Georgia.

Before transferring to Atlanta over thirty years ago from his native Japan, Hideo Takada began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with an international firm in Tokyo. Hideo transferred to Atlanta in 1985 and began a specialized practice that catered to Japanese owned businesses. Mr. Takada began his own accounting firm in 2015. Hideo is a senior board member of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and treasurer of Path-To-Shine.