JAPANESE AMERICAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION

The Japanese American Veterans' Association, Inc. (JAVA), is a fraternal and educational organization with many purposes: Preserving and strengthening comradeship among its members;  Perpetuating the memory and history of our departed comrades;  Educating the American public on the Japanese American experience during WWII; and Striving to obtain for veterans the full benefit of their entitlements as veterans.
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JAVA Scholarships: Continuing the Legacy of WWII Nisei Military Service and Encouraging Future Military and Public Service

The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) announces its annual scholarship award program for 2018.   The scholarships will continue to benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, advanced undergraduate students, and post graduate and professional education students. 

The scholarships include a $5000 memorial scholarship honoring the late US Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service, a $3000 Founders Scholarship (named for JAVA’s founder, the late Colonel Phil Ishio, USAR, his wife Constance and his son Douglas Ishio), as well as other JAVA memorial scholarships each in the amount of $1500.

Descendants of those who served in the 100th Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and the Military Intelligence Service as well as descendants of World War II Nisei soldiers from other units are eligible.  Only in the case of the Senator Inouye scholarship will applications also be accepted from any past or present member of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry.  A current member of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2016 is eligible to apply.  A child of a current JAVA member may also be eligible to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2016.

Special consideration will be given to eligible applicants who demonstrate their lifelong commitment to public and uniformed service leadership for the nation, e.g., participating in military commissioning programs while in college.

The final date for receiving applications will be Friday, April 1, 2018. The names of the awardees will be announced at the annual JAVA scholarship luncheon in July 2018.

Click here to access Application Instructions. READ CAREFULLY.
Click here to access Senator Inouye Memorial Scholarship Application.
Click here to access Founders Scholarship Application.
Click here to access Memorial Scholarships Application.

Comprehensive Survey of JAVA's 25-year History Released

Our research archive (see tab at top of page) now houses an extensive history of the first 25 years of the organization. Please click here to read.

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