2017 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 New York tri-states 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 our 47th JAA Scholarship Award Presentation Dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Harvard Club, 35 West 44th St. New York City. Our keynote speaker will be 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Director, Diane Paulus of Harvard University.


  • A completed application form with one passport size photo.
  • A double-spaced essay not exceeding 500 words on one of the following topics:
    1. The United States has excelled in entrepreneurship and innovation especially among its younger generation, but at the same time income disparity has widened greatly. Japan is reported to be lagging in entrepreneurship and hopes to catch up. What do you think are the issues and challenges for Japan? How can the U.S. be helpful and can you personally assist in solving these issues and challenges?

    2. Some view globalization as a double-edged sword. The positives include the collaboration between nations especially in times of need. For example, the Japanese and Americans worked together to help each other in recovering from Japanese and U.S. natural disasters, including the aftermaths of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. The challenges are presently pronounced in the rise of nationalism, especially in the developed world. How do you view the inherent tension within globalization and what steps will you take to strike a balance between the competing forces?
  • 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 be attending a four-year college in the United States in the fall of 2017.


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: Julie Azuma and Koji Sato


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