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JAVA Scholarships: Continuing the Legacy of World War II Nisei Military Service

March 2021, Volume 71, Issue 3

WASHINGTON D.C. The Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) announces its annual scholarship award program for 2021. 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:

  • 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
  • JAVA Founder’s Scholarship ($3,000) -- awarded in memory of JAVA’s founder, Colonel Sunao Phil Ishio, USAR, his wife Constance, and their 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 Nisei veterans, JAVA members and/or their family members. The 2021 JAVA Memorial Scholarships are:

    ► Dr. Americ Bugliani Scholarship -- in honor of his liberator, Paul Sakamoto, 442nd veteran.
    ► Ranger Grant Hirabayashi Scholarship -- in honor of Ranger Grant Jiro Hirabayashi, MIS veteran.
    ► 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 Kurki 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 wife Teru.
    ► Colonel Virgil R. Miller Scholarship -- in honor of Colonel Virgil Rasmuss Miller, Commander of the 442nd, who led the Nisei soldiers in the rescue of the Texas “Lost Battalion” in the Vosges Mountains of France during WWII.
    ► Robert Nakamoto Scholarship -- in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War veteran, Bob Nakamoto.
    ► Betty Shima Scholarship -- in honor of Betty Fujita Shima, lifelong partner of 442nd veteran, Terry Shima.

Descendants of those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, or the 1399th Engineer Construction 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 prior to April 1, 2019, 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 prior to April 1, 2019.

Past or present members of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, ROTC, 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 public and uniformed 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 Friday, April 30, 2021. For complete information, go to: https://java-us.org/JAVA-Memorial-Scholarship-Program