the Scholarship Committee
recognize high scholastic achievement and effort in high
recognize dedication to Okinawan cultural or performing arts
develop awareness of their Okinawan heritage
encourage their continued involvement in the Okinawa
Association of America and community activities
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.
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.
scholarships were awarded to 5 deserving high school graduate
and mementos were given to 7 high school graduates.
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
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.
the Scholarship Fund are always welcome as an investment in
our Okinawan youth.
to: Okinawa Association of America, Inc., 16500 South Western
Avenue #203, Gardena, CA 90247
We are proud to honor our Okinawa youth with these
scholarships available through our Okinawa Association of
High School Scholarship Awards
Scholarship to Okinawa
(sponsored by the
Okinawa Prefectural Government)
Junior Study Tour to Okinawa
(sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government)
for Students of Japanese Culture
(sponsored by the Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai)