2019 General Scholarship Guidelines


This is the 49th time since 1971 that the Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. is awarding scholarships to graduating high school students of Japanese descent living in the New York tri-state area who are applying to US institutions of higher learning.

In the past, scholarships have been awarded in the range of $1,000.00 to $10,000.00 and airline tickets to Japan may also be awarded to certain scholarship recipients this year. Due to the generosity of the John and Miyoko Davey Foundation, there will be five scholarships of $5,000 each going to graduating high school students focusing their studies in the area of science, engineering, economics and/or music. Mrs. Davey and her late husband, John, are devoted to encouraging and supporting the next generation through these scholarships.

Our 49th JAA Scholarship Award Presentation Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, at the Harvard Club, 35 West 44th St. New York City.

Our keynote speaker will be the Honorable Denny Chin, a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


  • A completed application form with one passport size photo.
  • A double-spaced essay not exceeding 500 words on one of the following topics:
    1. Asian Americans are frequently called the model minority and yet may also be stereotyped as being one dimensional and not good leaders. How do you deal with/overcome such challenges when you experience different expectations, standards or biases?

    2. Technology has both enriched our lives but also has its downsides. As the first smartphone generation, how would you like future technology to have impact on our ordinary lives? What is the potential? Do you think there will be a difference in impact from such technology between Japan and the United States from a cultural standpoint?
  • 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 2019.


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 (JAA Vice President)

Awards this year include the following:


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