News Release

May 28, 2019


A member of the Hemingford, Nebraska Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapter was selected to receive one of only 14 scholarships for the 2019 FCCLA Japanese Exchange Scholarship award program, sponsored by the Kikkoman Corporation and FCCLA.

Rashell Neefe will travel to Japan for four-six weeks as an exchange student as part of program. She will be leaving Nebraska June 17 and will stay with a host family in Japan until August 2. This scholarship is funded by the Kikkoman Corporation and administered by Youth for Understanding USA. Each scholarship is worth more than $11,000.

The FCCLA Japanese Exchange Scholarship is built on the foundational belief that international understanding can be achieved through individuals. The program emphasizes family living as the core of the overseas learning experience. FCCLA believes that the opportunity to experience the day-to-day life of another country and its culture will enhance students’ awareness of international issues.

FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 171,000 members and more than 5,300 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Nebraska FCCLA has 2,874 members and 98 affiliated chapters.

David Jespersen
Public Information Officer, Nebraska Department of Education