2024 General Scholarship

2024 General Scholarship Guidelines


This is the 54th year since 1971, the Japanese American Association of New York, Inc. has been 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 $15,000.00 and airline tickets to Japan may also be awarded to certain scholarship recipients this year.

We plan to hold an awards presentation at the Harvard Club on May 31, 2024. 
Keynote Speaker is Ms. Sayaka Kobayashi, Japan US Education Advocate and Co-Chairs are Mr. Satoshi Kawamura, CEO & President, Nomura Holdings America, and Mr. Satoru Murase, JAA Vice President.




  • A completed application form with one passport size photo.

  • A double-spaced essay not exceeding 500 words on one of the following topics:
    a) With the turbulent geopolitical times, how can Japanese and Americans cooperate better towards a more peaceful world.
    b) The JAA has for over 110 years served the community. How do you think JAA can do better and also serve your younger generation?

  • 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 2024.

  • Scholarship cash awards should be used for tuition or other closely related costs.

    The deadline for applications is Monday, May 6, 2024, noon


    Submission Instructions:

    Please submit your application through our online form or you can download the Word file and email it to info@jaany.org or noda@jaany.org , or send it by FAX or postal mail to the address below.

    JAA Scholarship Committee
    Japanese American Association of New York, Inc.

    49 West 45th Street, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10036
    E-mail address: noda@jaany.org or info@jaany.org
    Fax: 212-840-0616

    Applications may be sent via e-mail, fax or postal mail. 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.


    2024 JAA Scholarship Committee 



    2023 53rd JAA Scholarship Awardees/53回JAA奨学金受賞者 (Total $62,000)
    (for graduating high school students)

    1. The Murase Family Scholarship 村瀬ファミリー賞
      ($12,000 plus Round Trip Air Ticket to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways)
      Jocelyn Saki Greshes グレシャス・采紀・ジョセリン
      Rye Neck High School, will attend University of Pennsylvania
    2.  MUFG Scholarship MUFG賞($10,000)
      Remy Moto Ronen ローネン・モト・レミー
      Montclair Kimberley Academy, will attend The United States Military Academy at West Point
    3. Eri Kakuta Scholarship カクタ・エリ賞($8,000)
      Cougar Hashikura 端倉空我
      Bergen County Academies, will attend Cornell University
    4. Dr. Soji Tomikawa Scholarship 富川宗次博士賞 ($7,500)
      Claire Momoka Onishi 大西・モモカ・紅伶亜  
      Pearl River High School, will attend Vassar College
    5. Orient Corporation of America Scholarship 米国オリエントコーポレーション賞($5,000)
      Kiko Asta Yoshihira 吉平・アスタ・記子 
      West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, will attend Boston University
    6. Ichinohe & Horishige Scholarship 一戸&堀重賞($5,000)
      Lynn Masako Cheng チェン・マサコ・凛(一色凛)
      Bergen County Academies, will attend Fordham University
    7. Toshiko Matsukawa Scholarship 松川とし子賞 ($5,000)
      Cooper Katsu Keane キーン・カツ・クーパー
      Curtis High School, will attend Columbia University
    8. TV Japan Scholarship TV ジャパン賞 ($3,000)
      Keizo Katayama 片山恵造  
      Fort Lee High School, will attend Tufts University
    9. Ambassador Shinichi Nishimiya Scholarship 西宮伸一大使賞($3,000)
      Koharu Ando 安藤心春 
      Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, will attend Georgetown University
    10. Moto Saito Scholarship 斉藤もと賞($2,500)
      Kimberly Susan Wei ウェイ・スーザン・キンバリー
      Mamaroneck High School, will attend Barnard College-Columbia University
    11. ANA Japan Travel Scholarship全日空ジャパン・トラベル賞
      ($1,000 from JAA plus Round Trip Air Ticket to Japan, courtesy of All Nippon Airways)
      Kohei Luke Izawa 井澤・ルーク・幸平
      Greenwich High School, will attend New York University

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