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JAVA Scholarship Applications Due by March 25

by Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA)
February 2020, Volume 70, Issue 2

Continuing the Legacy of World War II Nisei Military Service and Encouraging Future Military and Public Service

Washington, DC. The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) announces its annual scholarship award program for 2020.   The scholarships will benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, advanced undergraduate students, and post graduate and professional education students.  Application instructions, forms and other details are posted on the JAVA website, https://java.wildapricot.org

The scholarships include:

  • Inouye Memorial Scholarship ($5,000) honoring the late US Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service
  • JAVA Founder’s Scholarship ($3,000), which is awarded in memory of JAVA’s founder, Colonel Sunao Phil Ishio, USAR, his wife Constance and his son Douglas Ishio
  • Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship ($2,000), a tribute to Ms. Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin, a longtime supporter of JAVA


JAVA Memorial Scholarships ($1,500), honoring former JAVA veteran members and/or their family members, include:

  • Ranger Grant Hirabayashi Scholarship, in honor of Ranger Grant Jiro Hirabayashi, MIS.
  • Colonel Jimmie Kanaya Scholarship, in honor of Colonel Jimmie Kanaya, 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 Army Air Corps, 505th Bombardment Group.
  • Matsui Scholarship, in honor of Victor Matsui, MIS veteran, and his wife Teru.
  • Robert Nakamoto Scholarship, in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War veteran, Bob Nakamoto.
  • Major Mike Okusa Scholarship, in honor of Major Muneo Michael Okusa, MIS veteran, and founding member of JAVA.
  • Betty Shima Scholarship, in honor of Betty Fujita Shima, lifelong partner of 442nd veteran, Terry Shima.
  • Shirey Scholarship, in honor of Major Orville Shirey, 442nd veteran and wife and Maud Shirey.


Descendants of those who served in the 100th Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, Engineer Construction Battalion, or other United States military unit to include the Women’s Army Corps or Army Nurses Corps are eligible to apply. Current members of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2018 are eligible to apply.  Children of current JAVA members may also be eligible to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2018. In the case of the Senator Inouye Memorial Scholarship, past or present members of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Reserves (USAR), are encouraged to apply.  Applicants should demonstrate their lifelong commitment to public and uniformed service leadership for the nation.

Applicants should first review published rules and forms, which can be found and downloaded at the JAVA website, https://java.wildapricot.org/.  Applications and supporting documents must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. 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 2020.