2016 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 awards will be presented at the Annual Scholarship Dinner which is scheduled to be held on June 9, 2016 at the Harvard Club. Our keynote speaker will be Burgess Professor Emeritus, Gerald Curtis of Columbia 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. How has family influenced who you are today and what are your aspirations as a responsible global citizen who wants to make a positive difference in your community. Community can be small or large. Size does not matter.

    2. During the Kennedy era, the President encouraged the "best and brightest" to consider public service. His famous quote was "Ask not what your country can do for you – but what you can do for your country." As a person of Japanese descent living in the US, what can you do for our country that would benefit the Japanese and Japanese American community here in the US.
  • 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 college in the United States in the fall of 2016.


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.