Category Archives: Okinawa Prefectural Government

Kempi Scholarship 2018 – 2019

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Kempi students from Argentina, China, Bolivia, Peru, and U.S. participating in the Grand Sanshin Gathering during the 2016 Worldwide Uchinaanchu Festival. Photo courtesy of Maiya Gessling

Every year, the Okinawa Prefectural Government offers scholarships for young Okinawans (ages 18 to 35) to study in Okinawa for one year. This is a wonderful opportunity for young adults of full or partial Okinawan descent to learn about their ancestral heritage as well as develop relationships with local and international Uchinaanchu.

The program offers two options:

  1. Study at one of the prefecture’s universities
  2. Study a traditional art (e.g., sanshin, dance, textiles, lacquer, sanshin making, cuisine, etc.)

Application requirements include conversational Japanese skills (higher proficiency required for universities) and a relative or family friend who lives in Okinawa to act as a guarantor.

Applications are now available for Southern California applicants at the OAA office or via email by request: 310-532-1929, oaamensore@gmail.com

The application deadline is September 11, but interested parties are encouraged to pick up and read through the application as soon as possible because it will be a highly extensive process.

Information Sessions:

  • July 29, 1PM at the OAA Center, Room 103
  • Mid-August (to be announced)

Here’s a short segment from OTV (Okinawa Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd) that talks about the program and interviews one of the OAA’s nominated participants (Japanese language only):

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2016 Kempi Scholarship to Study in Okinawa • DEADLINE: 10/9

2015 Kempi Students Party

NOTE: This specific post is for OAA members only (if you’re not an OAA member, please contact your closest Okinawa kenjinkai/association). Each kenjinkai/association submits their own applicants to the Okinawa Prefectural Government.

The 2015 application for the Kempi Scholarship to study in Okinawa is now available for interested persons! This unique and incredibly wonderful opportunity has been around a long time, but has changed and expanded in the past few years.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 9
If you’re interested in applying, please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. There is an extensive application and selection process, so a sit-down info session at the OAA is highly recommended. Please contact us at 310-532-1929 or oaamensore@gmail.com

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2015 Uchina Junior Study Program

ATTENTION MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

Junior Study Tour

The Uchina Junior Study Program (formerly the Junior Study Tour) is an annual immersion program that brings 15 middle and high school students to the islands of Okinawa. Sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, elected students are given an all-expense-paid trip to study Okinawan history, culture, society, and diaspora, with an emphasis on nature, peace, and identity. Students will also be given the opportunity to interact with Uchinanchu from around the world as well as students from Okinawa, with the hope that bonds and understandings will develop between overseas Uchinanchu and their mother island.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 27, 2015
It may be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed, but it MUST be in the office by 4:00 PM.

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Study Abroad in Okinawa! Now Accepting Applications

ATTENTION MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

Junior Study Tour

The Uchina Junior Study Program (formerly the Junior Study Tour) is an annual immersion program that brings 15 middle and high school students to the islands of Okinawa. Sponsored by the Okinawa Prefectural Government, elected students are given an all-expense-paid trip to study Okinawan history, culture, society, and Diaspora, with an emphasis on nature, peace, and identity. Students will also be given the opportunity to interact with Uchinanchu from around the world as well as students from Okinawa, with the hope that bonds and understandings will develop between overseas Uchinanchu and their mother island.

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Scholarship to Study in Okinawa! DEADLINE: October 15th!

The 2013 application for the Kempi Scholarship to study in Okinawa is now available for interested persons. This unique and incredibly wonderful opportunity has been around a long time, but has changed and expanded in the past few years.

This annual scholarship provides three different opportunities:

  • study one year at one of five universities in Okinawa: University of Ryukyus, Okinawa University, Okinawa International University, Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, Meio University
  • study one year at a university and one year of fieldwork
  • study a traditional Okinawan art (dance, textiles, sanshin, music, etc.) for one year

To be eligible to apply:

  • Must be recommended by an Okinawa Kenjinkai in the US (contact your local Kenjinkai or OAA for more details)
  • Must be between 18 and 35 years of age (not older than 35 by April 1, 2013)
  • Must have some basic Japanese language skills (level requirement varies depending on which scholarship opportunity)
  • Must have relatives or family friend who is willing to sponsor the student

For more information or to obtain a copy of the application, please contact Yuko in the OAA office as soon as possible.

DEADLINE:  October 15, 2012, Monday by 4:00pm