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JAVA Scholarships 2017:  Celebrating the Legacy of World War II Nisei Military Service and Encouraging Future Military and Public Service

The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) announces its annual scholarship award program for 2017.  The scholarships will continue to benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, advanced undergraduate students, and postgraduate and professional education students. Click here for an overview of the application requirements and process. 
      The scholarships include the memorial scholarship honoring the late US Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service, the 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 $1,500.
  
     
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 Hawaii’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry.  A current member of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2015 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, 2015.
     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.
      Applicants should first review published rules and forms here before making further inquiries. The final date for receiving applications will be Monday, May 15, 2017. The names of the awardees will be announced at the annual JAVA scholarship luncheon in July 2017.

JAVA Scholarship 2018:  Continuing the Legacy of World War II
Nisei Military Service and Encouraging Future Military
and Public Servic
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Washington, DC. The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) announces the winners of the annual scholarship award program for 2018.   Outstanding students from around the world applied for the scholarships.  There were nearly 30 applicants for 11 scholarships.  The competition was fierce, and all applicants would be worthy of receiving a JAVA scholarship to continue the legacy of the Nisei service to country, despite facing tremendous obstacles placed by their government.

The scholarships will continue to benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, advanced undergraduate students, and post-graduate and professional education students.

The $5,000.00 memorial scholarship honoring the late US Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service goes to Mike Bosack, an Air Force veteran pursuing his Ph.D. in International Relations at the International University of Japan in Nigata Prefecture.  In his essay, Mike wrote, “I have dedicated my life to three things: serving my country, advancing U.S.-Japan relations, and honoring my Japanese-American heritage.  After leaving military service, I now find myself completing a Ph.D. in Japan as a stepping stone back to government so that I may continue supporting the ever-important U.S.-Japan alliance.”

The $3,000.00 Founders Scholarship (named for JAVA’s founder, the late Colonel Phil Ishio, USAR, his wife Constance and his son Douglas Ishio), goes to Sarah Nakasone, a student at the University of Chicago pursuing her doctorate in Global Studies.  In her application, Sarah wrote, “I didn’t look Japanese like my brothers. I didn’t speak Japanese like my friends. I didn’t even go to Japanese camp like my cousins. Me? I didn’t belong. JAVA convinced me I was wrong. My dad began taking me to JAVA meetings …and they quickly became my favorite events of the season. In a room filled with heroes, I learned what bravery and loyalty and, most of all, patriotism meant. … I might not look like everyone else, but I was heir to this legacy of public service and commitment to change America for the better all the same.”

The JAVA memorial scholarships, each in the amount of $1,500.00, go to:

Taylor Ishida, in honor of CWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai, MIS;
Jairus Iwasaki, in honor of Betty Shima, lifelong partner of 442 veteran, Terry Shima;
Becca Jackson in honor of Major Orville Shirey, 442 and his wife Maude Shirey;
Allison Janowski; in honor of Calvin Ninomiya, US Army;
Sonny Kusaka, in honor of Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin, longtime patron of JAVA;
Jalyn Matsumoto, in honor of Pvt. Kuwasae Senaha, 442;
Colin Takeda, in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War veteran, Bob Nakamoto;
Jenna Tsuzaki, in honor of Etsu Masaoka, wife of Mike Masaoka and sister of the Honorable Norm Mineta; and
Julia Tsuzaki, in honor of Victor Matsui and his wife Teru, MIS.

JAVA thanks the selection committee: Frank Koye, CDR USN (Ret); Tuck Rosenberry, SC(STS) USN (Ret); Joshua Rigel, USA veteran; Zac Whittaker, USAR.

The annual JAVA scholarship luncheon will be in July 2018. Watch for the invitation and learn how the future of our nation is in great hands with these young individuals at the forefront.


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