Washington, DC. The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) announces its annual scholarship award program for 2023. The scholarships will benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students, and post-graduate and professional education students. Application instructions, forms, and other details are posted on the JAVA WEBSITE, HTTPS://JAVA-US.ORG.
The scholarships include:
– The U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) honoring the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service.
– The Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship ($2,000), a tribute to Ms. Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin, a longtime supporter of JAVA.
Also included are the 2023 JAVA Memorial Scholarships ($1,500) honoring Nisei veterans, JAVA members, and/or their family members:
– Dr. Americo Bugliani Scholarship in honor of his liberator, Paul Sakamoto, 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd RCT veteran.
– Tak Furumoto Scholarship sponsored by JAVA member and Vietnam veteran, Tak Furumoto.
– Ranger Grant Hirabayashi Scholarship in honor of Ranger Grant Jiro Hirabayashi, MIS.
– Izuno Family Scholarship, in honor of JAVA member and Korean War veteran, Dr. Takumi Izuno, who served in the U.S. Army 511th MIS.
– Colonel Jimmie Kanaya Scholarship in honor of Colonel Jimmie Kanaya, U.S. Army, a three-war veteran – WW II, Korean, and Vietnam.
– Mitsugi Kasai Scholarship in honor of CWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai, MIS veteran.
– Ben Kuroki Scholarship in honor of Sergeant Ben Kuroki, a gunner in the US Army Air Corps, 505th Bombardment Group.
– Matsui Scholarship in honor of Victor Matsui, MIS veteran, and his wife Teru.
– COL Virgil R. Miller Scholarship in honor of Colonel Virgil R. Miller, Commander of the 442nd.
– Robert Nakamoto Scholarship, in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War veteran, Bob Nakamoto.
– Shirey Scholarship, in honor of Major Orville Shirey, 442nd veteran, and wife Maud Shirey.
Descendants of those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion, the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, or descendants of Japanese American soldiers who served during World War II in other United States military units, including the Women’s Army Corps or Army Nurses Corps are eligible and encouraged to apply.
Current members of JAVA whose membership began before April 1, 2021, are eligible and encouraged to apply. Children of current JAVA members are also eligible and encouraged to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA before April 1, 2021.
Past or present members of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, Reserve Officers Training Corps, or U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course are eligible and encouraged to apply for the U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship. Applicants should demonstrate their lifelong commitment to uniformed and public service leadership for the nation.
Applicants should first review published rules and forms. Applications and supporting documents must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, 2023, to JAVASCHOLARSHIP222@GMAIL.COM. Applications not received by that date or that fail to meet the submission requirements will NOT be considered. Applicants will be notified of a decision by early June 2023. Awards will be presented at a JAVA scholarship awards ceremony in July 2023.