Hitachi Foundation’s Yoshiyama Prize for Social Entrepreneurship


Yoshiyama Program History

The Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community — launched in 1988 thanks to a generous gift from Hirokichi Yoshiyama upon his retirement as Hitachi, Ltd. Chairman — honored more than 200 high school seniors for their community service and broader social change efforts. The program’s twenty-one year history proved to us that young people are remarkably creative and capable of initiating sustainable change.

In 2010, The Yoshiyama Program changed course, moving beyond honoring young people for their commitment to community service — and instead, the program began investing directly in young business leaders addressing social issues with market-based solutions. The Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program remained rooted in the values, spirit and tradition of the original Yoshiyama Award — a vision to inspire young people to contribute to a better and more equitable society. The Young Entrepreneurs Program honored the last class of entrepreneurs in October of 2013.

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Learn more about past recipients of the Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community:


Gender: All
Country: USA
State: All
Grade level: High School
GPA: 3
Need or Merit: Merit
Race: All
Ethnicity: All
Religion: All
Major: n/a
Veterans: Yes
Employment: Yes
Community Service: Yes
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