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Scholarship Committee

History
Donations

Types of Scholarships

Purpose of the Scholarship Committee

  • To recognize high scholastic achievement and effort in high school
  • To recognize dedication to Okinawan cultural or performing arts
  • To develop awareness of their Okinawan heritage
  • To encourage their continued involvement in the Okinawa Association of America and community activities

History

The first documentation of an educational encouragement occurred in 1954 when a memento was presented to an outstanding high school graduate of 1954 at the New Year's Banquet.

The first Scholarship Committee was formed in 1959 with a budget of $600, and cap on the highest amount not to exceed $200. The standardized marks for California scholarship awards were to be strictly observed.

In 1966, scholarships were awarded to 5 deserving high school graduate and mementos were given to 7 high school graduates.

From 1966 until 1999, we have awarded 300 scholarships over the past 33 years. This is truly remarkable that we have encouraged 300 high school graduates by investing in their pursuit of higher education.

Our heartfelt thanks to Shoan Yamauchi who originated the scholarship fund and continually supported it with his donations. We are also grateful to Chosuke Miyahira and Joe Higashi for their many generous donations to the scholarship fund. Three scholarships have been established in their honor and are annually awarded to the top three students.

In 1994, we made a survey of past scholarship recipients about their education, career, family, hobbies/interests, and community involvement. We inquired about suggestions for improving scholarship procedures. As a result of 79 replies, one suggestion brought 4 past scholarship recipients as members of the Scholarship Committee. Many of those who replied have participated as speakers in our previous four Career Seminars.


Donations

Donations to the Scholarship Fund are always welcome as an investment in our Okinawan youth.

Please send to: Okinawa Association of America, Inc., 16500 South Western Avenue #203, Gardena, CA 90247


Types of Scholarships
We are proud to honor our Okinawa youth with these scholarships available through our Okinawa Association of America.

1. OAA High School Scholarship Awards

2. Kempi Scholarship to Okinawa
(sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government)

3. Uchinaa Junior Study Tour to Okinawa
(sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government)

4. Scholarship for Students of Japanese Culture
(sponsored by the Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai)

 


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