2018 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. Due to the generosity of the John and Miyoko Davey Foundation, this year, there will be five additional 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. In addition, in memory of her late father Haruo Ito who died at the age of 105, Riki Ito has established a scholarship of $5,000 and Dr. TatsujiNamba has established a scholarship of $5,000.

The JAA Scholarship Committee will review the applications and our 48th JAA Scholarship Award Presentation Dinner will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at the Harvard Club, 35 West 44th St. New York City. Our keynote speaker will be Ms. Karen Korematsu of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute.


  • A completed application form with one passport size photo.
  • A double-spaced essay not exceeding 500 words on one of the following topics:
    1. This year, the City of New York established January 30 as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution. How does Fred Korematsu's experience have relevance today, and how might continuing to speak out about the history of Japanese Americans help in today's turbulent times, domestically and internationally? How does it personally resonate with you and what does it encourage you to do, especially if you were awarded a scholarship?

    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 2018.


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: Kazuhiro Gomi (NTT America, Inc.) and Satoru Murase(JAA Vice President)

Last year’s awards are listed below for your information and 2018 awards will not necessarily be the same

47th JAA Scholarship Awards


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