2015 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 $10,000.00 and airline tickets to Japan may also be awarded to certain scholarship recipients this year.

The JAA Scholarship Committee will review the applications, and awards will be presented at the Annual Scholarship Dinner which is scheduled to be held on May 28th, 2015 at the Harvard Club.  Our keynote speaker will be journalist and Fujisankei Communications International (FCI) senior anchor, -Ms. Kaoriko Kuge.


  • A completed application form with one passport size photo.
  • A double-spaced essay not exceeding 500 words on one of the following topics:
  • As we come upon the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II in August, Japan and the U.S. have been working more closely than ever on matters which range from security and development to youth and cultural exchanges.
    1. As a person of Japanese descent living in the U.S., what do you think is the most important bilateral effort that can be made in the interests of international peace and what would your recommendations be to ensure a more peaceful world?

    2. How do you think U.S. - Japan relations will evolve as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics approach and Japanese pop culture and cuisine continue to grow in popularity worldwide? Where do you see yourself in 2020 and what will your contribution be to this evolution?
  • 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 2015.


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.

49 West 45th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10036
E-mail address: info@jaany.org
Fax: 212-840-0616

Applications may be sent via e-mail or fax. However, letters of recommendation and transcripts, if sent electronically, must be sent from the issuer (not student applicant) AND the original signed/stamped copies submitted 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 Makoto Iwahara


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

2014 - 44th JAA Scholarship Awardees 第44回JAA奨学金受賞者
(for graduating high school students)

  1. Bingham McCutchen Murase Scholarship ビンガム・マッカチェン・ムラセ賞 ($6,000 plus Trip to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways)
    Isabella Natalie Grabski グラブスキ宇賀イザベラ (Born in Hackensack, NJ)
    Bergen County Academies, will attend Princeton University
  2. Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya Scholarship 西宮伸一大使賞($5,000)
    Koko Ayaka Nakajima 中島綾花 (Born in Torrance, CA)
    Bergen County Academies, will attend Brown University
  3. Mitsui USA Foundation Scholarship 三井USA基金賞($5,000)
    Erika Nicole Axe アックス俵田エリカ (Born in San Francisco, CA)
    James Caldwell High School, will attend Cornell University College of Engineering
  4. Mitsui USA Foundation Scholarship 三井USA基金賞($5,000)
    Yuri Iwahara 岩原ゆり (Born in New York, NY)
    The Dalton School, will attend Brown University
  5. Mitsui USA Foundation Scholarship 三井USA基金賞($5,000)
    Masaharu Ono 大野雅 (Born in Tokyo, Japan)
    Tenafly High School, will attend California Institute of Technology
  6. Delta Air Lines Scholarship デルタ・エアライン基金賞($5,000)
    Sakura Sakae Tamaki 玉木さくら (Born in New York)
    Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, will attend Smith College
  7. Dr. Soji Tomikawa Scholarship 富川宗次博士賞($5,000)
    Yuta Kakutani 角谷優太 (Born in New York)
    Hunter College High School, will attend The University of Chicago
  8. Dr. Soji Tomikawa Scholarship 富川宗次博士賞($5,000)
    Rintaro Lin Mori 森麟太郎 (Born in New York)
    Queens Metropolitan High School, will attend School of Visual Arts
  9. Orient Corp. of America Scholarship 米国オリエントコーポ賞($3,500)
    Taiyo Keith Hamanaka 濱中太陽 (Born in Bronxville, NY)
    Eastchester High School, will attend Columbia University
  10. Toyota Motor North America Scholarship トヨタモーター・ノースアメリカ賞($3,000)
    Sana Fujimura 藤村紗奈 (Born in Huntington, NY)
    Bethpage High School, will attend SUNY Stony Brook University Honors College
  11. TV Japan Scholarship TV ジャパン賞 ($3,000)
    Miya Colleen Matsumoto Lee リー・マツモト・コリーン・美耶 (Born in New York, NY)
    Saint Ann’s School, will attend Columbia University
  12. Hartman-Sakazume Scholarship ハートマン・サカズメ賞($3,000)
    Julia Hamae Yuge 弓削 晴万絵 ジュリア (Born in Tenri, Japan)
    Forest Hills High School, will attend New York University College of Nursing
  13. ANA Japan Travel Scholarship全日空ジャパン・トラベル賞
    ($1,000 plus Trip to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways)

    Satoko Mii 三井誠子 (Born in Poughkeepsie, NY)
    Yorktown High School, will attend Syracuse University