Tenny Fund
Grants Available From The Charles Tenny Memorial Fund
To Vermont Full-time Students For Study In Japan


The Japan America Society of Vermont is honored to administer The Charles Tenny Memorial Fund, a small charitable fund established in 2000 by family and friends of Charles Tenny to honor the memory of Charles, a United States citizen from Barton, Vermont. Charlie enjoyed mountains, streams, forests and lakes in the US and Japan. He was born in Tokyo, lived there as a small child and went back in high school and college. In post college years he rethatched farmhouse roofs around Kyoto, and later worked in Japan as journalist. Charlie loved the Japanese language and studied archaeology as well as the traditional arts and crafts including Rakugo (Japanese story telling). Throughout his life, Charlie's strength of character, love of people, and intellect stood as a shining example of how one person's efforts can make a contribution towards advancing cultural exchange and understanding between the United States and Japan. He allowed as how, of all the places he had visited, Japan and Vermont suited him best.

The Charles Tenny Memorial Fund provides supplemental travel scholarship awards to assist Vermont full time students to participate in established school Japanese Studies programs such as those offered by 4H, AFS, Rotary International Youth Exchange Program, Youth For Understanding (YFU), or other non-profit organizations. Due to the limited size of the Fund, each individual award will not exceed $500.00.

The application process requires submission of:

  • A nominating letter from an applicant's school teacher/professor or established program sponsor who knows the applicant well
  • A letter from the applicant that describes his or her interests and intents of the applicant's study in Japan
  • A brief statement of need
  • Documentation evidencing acceptance in an established program

Applications should be sent to:

    The Japan America Society of Vermont
    Attention: The Charles Tenny Memorial Fund Committee
    29 Ethan Allen Avenue
    Colchester, VT 05446
    U.S.A.

Additional queries can be made via the same address above or via email to info@jasv.org

Please allow 60 days for the processing of applications

When awarded, she or he is requested to provide the travel summary to JASV after the travel is completed.