PRESS RELEASE: March 14, 2015 – Vol. 10, No. 4

JAVA Offers Annual Scholarship Awards

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

Washington, DC. The Japanese American Veterans Association announces its annual scholarship award program for 2015. The scholarships include the same categories as last year, and will continue to benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, advanced undergraduate students, and post graduate and professional education students. Application instructions, forms and other details will be posted on the JAVA website by March 23.

The scholarships include the $5,000 memorial scholarship honoring Sen. Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service, the $3,000 Founders Scholarship (named for JAVA’s founder, the late COL Phil Ishio, USAR, and his son Douglas Ishio), as well as other JAVA memorial scholarships each in the amount of $1,500.

As in the past, the eligibility criteria include descendants of those who served in the 100th Battalion, the 442nd RCT, the Military Intelligence Service as well as descendants of WW II Nisei soldiers from other units. In the case only of the Sen. Inouye scholarship, applications will also be accepted from any past or present member of Hawaii’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry. A current War Veteran member of JAVA whose membership began at least one year prior to April 1, 2014, or his or her child may also be eligible.

Detailed information about these criteria will be posted with the instructions on the JAVA website. As in the past, favorable consideration will be given to eligible applicants who demonstrate their lifelong commitment to public and uniformed service leadership for the nation, e.g., participating in military commissioning programs while in college.

The complete rules and application forms will be posted on the JAVA website, in JAVA’s weekly news bulletin – the RoundRobin, and in the Advocate. Persons interested in applying for scholarships, and others who have questions about the program, are asked to defer their inquiries until they review the published rules and forms. As the final date for receiving applications will be Friday, May 15, 2015, there will be sufficient time for inquiries.

The names of the awardees of the Inouye, Ishio and the memorial scholarship awards will be announced at the annual JAVA scholarship luncheon. This year, that event has been scheduled to be in June 2015.


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