One Glen Rose High School student is already set to go a long way — and she isn’t even a senior.

Glen Rose High School junior Ashley Hang is one of only 14 members of the National FCCLA (Family, Community, Career and Community Leaders of America) in the United States to receive the Kikkoman/FCCLA Japanese Exchange Program Scholarship — each worth more than $11,000.

GRHS Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and FCCLA advisor Jill Lawson said that the Japanese Exchange is a scholarship opportunity for FCCLA members to travel to Japan for four-to-six weeks as an exchange student.

Lawson knows all about the exchange program because she was chosen to receive a scholarship through the program when she was a student.

“I am so proud and excited for Ashley to experience this amazing opportunity!” Lawson said. “Ashley is the first student in my teaching career that has heard about this opportunity and did what it took to apply and was selected!

“It is also great to share this opportunity with her since I too, was a recipient of this scholarship in 1997. Having had this experience myself, I know how it has impacted my worldview and has helped mold me into the person I am today.

“Yearly I share my Japanese Exchange Program experience with all of my students and with some of the World Geography students at GRHS.”

The FCCLA Japanese Exchange Scholarship is administered by a nonprofit international exchange organization, Youth For Understanding USA (YFU USA). It’s based on the premise that international understanding can be achieved through individuals, Lawson noted.

The program emphasizes family living as the core of the overseas learning experience, and living in another country enhances students’ awareness of international issues, she added.

The Kikkoman Corporation funds this scholarship, Lawson added.

More information on the program, and other FCCLA information can be found online at