2014 General Scholarship Guidelines


Since 1971, The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. has awarded scholarships to graduating high school students of Japanese descent living in the tri-state area who are applying to United States institutions of higher learning.

Scholarships range from $1,000.00 to $6,000.00 and include a special award honoring former Ambassador Nishimiya.  We are pleased that this year, All Nippon Airways is an official sponsor and will provide two economy class roundtrip tickets to be awarded to certain scholarship recipients.

The JAA Scholarship Committee will review the applications, and the awards will be presented at the Annual Scholarship Dinner which is scheduled to be held in late May or early June. Our keynote speaker will be announced later.


  • A completed application form with one passport size photo.
  • A double-spaced essay not exceed 500 words on one of the following topics:
    1. 2014, Japan is Back! As a person of Japanese descent, how do you hope to contribute to our global society? Do you see yourself in public service in the future; i.e. running for office, working in diplomacy, etc. Please be specific.
    2. What new "dream" projects or future technology would you like to see the United States and Japan work together on.
    3. Tokyo Olympics 2020--what type of exciting world do you foresee for the United States and Japan 2020 and beyond.
  • Your latest school transcript AND a copy of SAT or ACT scores.
  • A letter of recommendation from your school counselor or teacher.
  • Membership in JAA. If no one in your family is a member of JAA, a membership form is available at www.jaany.org . Please call the JAA office with any questions.
  • You must attend a United States college in the fall of 2014.

Submission Instructions:

Please submit your application through our online form.

Or you can download the PDF and submit to:

JAA Scholarship Committee
Japanese American Association of New York, Inc.

15 West 44th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10036
e-mail address: info@jaany.org
Fax: 212-840-0616

Applications may be sent via E-mail/FAX. However, letters of recommendation and transcripts, if sent electronically, must be sent from the issuer (not student applicant) and followed by original signed/stamped copies by mail.


All Applicants will be notified of the results of their application.

If you have any questions, please call us at 212-840-6942.

Co-Chairpersons: Gary S. Moriwaki and Katsuo Takeda


The JAA reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures for this scholarship program and make changes at any time.

2013 43rd JAA Scholarship Dinner

Keynote Speaker was Dr. George R. Packard,
President of the United States-Japan Foundation.
He emphasized the importance of individual people to people connections.
His Speech is here, click!

2013 43rd JAA Scholarship Dinner

  1. Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya Scholarship ($10,000)
    Isao Alessandro Anzai, will attend Princeton University
  2. Bingham McCutchen Murase Scholarship ($6,000 plus Trip to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways)
    Anthony Dai Gagliardi, will attend Yale University
  3. Mitsui USA Foundation Scholarship ($5,000)
    Mikie Joy Sakanaka, will attend University of Pennsylvania
  4. Mitsui USA Foundation Scholarship ($5,000)
    Ryo Theodore Kono, will attend Columbia University, Engineering School
  5. Mitsui USA Foundation Scholarship ($5,000)
    Keiko Emma Higashikawa, will attend Yale University
  6. Dr. Soji Tomikawa Scholarship ($5,000)
    Sho Hashizume, will attend Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
  7. Dr. Soji Tomikawa Scholarship ($5,000)
    Kenta Hiro Kondo, will attend Brown University
  8. Orient Corp. of America Scholarship ($3,500)
    Jeremy Michael Onuma, will attend SUNY Binghamton
  9. Miyoko & John Davey Scholarship ($3,000)
    Mirai Matsuura, will attend Duke University
  10. Hartman-Sakazume Scholarship ($3,000)
    Michele Suzuho Tanigaki, will attend Ramapo College of New Jersey (Nursing Major)
  11. Toyota Motor North America Scholarship ($3,000)
    Megumi Angela Asada, will attend Williams College
  12. TV Japan Scholarship ($2,500)
    Stephanie Mariko Sredojev, will attend Skidmore College
  13. ANA Japan Travel Award
    ($1,000 plus Trip to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways)
    Tsukumo Niwa, will attend University of Michigan-Ann Arbor