Spring 2016 JASC Scholarship Opportunities – Applications now being accepted!

As part of its efforts to support members of the Japanese American community and advance JASC’s commitment to community service, each year, JASC administers the awarding of at least three scholarships to promising young high school or college students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and have given service to the Japanese American community. Currently, the program comprises several awards: one in the name of Sam Fukaye; one established by the Toguri Family in the name of Fred Toguri; the William T. Yamamoto Scholarship; the Frank T. Kambara Scholarship; the Jean E. Taketoshi Scholarship; and the John Iwaoka Scholarship. Students and/or their parents or guardians need to be current members of JASC prior to the application date.

Japanese culture and tradition place great value upon education.  It is a value that has become firmly rooted in the heritage of Japanese Americans and the mission of the JASC.  Service to our community and others is an integral part of the JASC.  Without it, education becomes an impersonal intellectual exercise instead of a tool to improve ourselves and our world.  The JASC believes that an important part of a good education is learning both the value and enjoyment that comes from civic, charitable, and community activities and participation.  Such efforts not only help others but serve to remind us of the importance of striving to advance broader societal goals regardless whether one derives any personal gain other than the satisfaction of bettering the world in which we live.

These JASC scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to promising students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and service to the Japanese American community.


In order to be eligible to receive a scholarship from the JASC, applicants must meet each of the following requirements:

  1. High school applicant’s family must have a current JASC Family membership; current undergraduate or graduate student must have his/her own current Student or Individual membership.
  2. Applicant must be a high school senior and enroll on a full or part-time basis in an accredited school of advanced learning within one year of being selected as a scholarship recipient OR be currently enrolled as a student in a college or university.
  3. Applicant need not be of Japanese ancestry and need not be a citizen of the United States.
  4. Applicant must be a resident of the State of Illinois for at least one year prior to graduation or graduate from an accredited Illinois high school.
  5. Applicant must submit a written Application based on the Criteria listed below along with a current transcript from his/her high school or college/university.
  6. Awards to high school students are contingent upon the applicant timely providing the JASC with a notice of acceptance by an accredited school of advanced learning.
  7. Past recipients of scholarship awards are not eligible to apply.


  1. Grades, Coursework:  Submit current transcripts from your educational institution.
  2. Extracurricular Activities:  Level or degree of the applicant’s participation, length of time the applicant has been involved in the activity, leadership, and accomplishments in the activity, etc.
  3. Community Service:  Service to Japanese American organizations, level of participation, level of involvement
  4. Essay:   A one-page essay on either of the following topics: a) How can JASC be relevant to the applicant’s life? or, b) How has the JASC contributed to the applicant’s sense of self or personal growth?
  5. A letter of reference from each of the following: a) A teacher/professor from applicant’s school; and b) An adult familiar with the applicant’s service and participation in the Japanese American community
  6. Scholarship Application Form 2016


The following criteria will be used in evaluating scholarship applications

  1. Service to and participation in JASC and other Japanese American community events, programs, and projects.
  2. While grades are not always indicative of ability, good grades or steady improvement of grades over the course of high school, suggest the student takes his/her education seriously.  Grades will be considered as a measure of the student’s interest and seriousness.  The student’s coursework and course levels will also be reviewed as an indication of interests and motivation.
  3. Extracurricular activities are an important part of growing up and toward that end will be considered in evaluating an applicant.  Considerations will include the level or degree of the applicant’s participation, length of time the applicant has been involved in the activity, leadership, and accomplishments in the activity, etc.

Deadline:  All completed application materials and transcript must be submitted by 5:00 PM, May 2, 2016, to the Japanese American Service Committee, Scholarship Committee, 4427 North Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60640.

Incomplete applications or those delivered after May 2 will not be eligible. Decision of the Scholarship Committee is final, and all applicants will be notified prior to the award ceremony at the JASC Annual Meeting in June 2016.

Have any questions? Please contact: 

Ruth Martinez

773-275-0097 ext 237


Congratulations to the June 2015 JASC Scholarship Recipients

John Iwaoka Scholarship – Samantha Sierakowski

Jean E. Taketoshi Scholarship – Megan Trick

Nielsen S.T.E.M Scholarship – Connor Babcock

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