Category Archives: Scholarships

2019 Scholarship for Students of Japanese Culture (Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai)

JPASC Scholarship

Photo courtesy of Michelle Akamine, a past recipient of the scholarship

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) is currently seeking applicants for the Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California (JPASC, Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai) scholarship award for exceptional students of Japanese and Okinawan culture.

DEADLINE: JULY 31, 2019

Each Southern California-based kenjinkai (prefectural association) can recommend up to two (2) of their members and the final selection will be made by the JPASC.

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OAA Annual High School Scholarship 2019

OAA ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

APPLICATION FORM:
Please contact the OAA office
oaamensore@gmail.com, (310) 532-1929

DEADLINE:
Hand-delivered to the OAA office by 4 p.m.
on MAY 31, 2019 OR postmarked by MAY 31, 2019

(If mailing the documents, it is the responsibility of the applicant to inform the OAA office about submission and follow-up to confirm delivery.)

Every year, the Okinawa Association of America, Inc. (OAA) recognizes and rewards graduating high school seniors of Okinawan descent. The selection process will be based on the student’s academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, community contributions, transcript, essays, letters of recommendation, financial need and special consideration for community hours at the OAA.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Graduating high school seniors (class of 2019) who will attend college in the 2019 – 2020 academic year
  • Children of Okinawan ancestry
  • Children of parent(s) who are current members of the OAA
  • Students with a GPA of 3.0 and above

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher, coach, mentor or counselor on official letterhead with person’s title (family recommendations will not be accepted)
  • Two (2) essays
  • Transcripts
  • Application must be typed, printed out, and signed (handwritten applications will not be accepted)
  • All required documents must be postmarked by May 31, 2019* OR hand-delivered to the OAA office by 4.p.m. on May, 31, 2019

Scholarship recipients will be notified prior to the OAA Annual Picnic on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Whittier Narrows Park (South El Monte, CA) where scholarship awards will be presented. Recipients are asked to attend this event or send a representative to receive the award from the OAA President.

 

2019 Uchinaa Junior Study Program

PLEASE NOTE:
This page is intended for members of the
Okinawa kenjinkai/association in Los Angeles, California.
Please contact your nearest kenjinkai/association to apply!

ATTENTION OAA MEMBERS!

Junior Study Tour

The Uchinaa Junior Study Program (formerly the Junior Study Tour) is an annual immersion program that brings 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 Uchinaanchu from around the world as well as students from Okinawa, with the hope that bonds and understandings will develop between overseas Uchinaanchu and their mother island.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 29, 2019 (FRIDAY)
It may be delivered in person, mailed, or emailed, but it MUST be in the OAA office before 4:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time). The application process is extensive, so please do not wait until the last minute.

If you are an OAA member, please continue reading for eligibility, documents, and more information ⤵️

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Okinawa Kempi Scholarship 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 kenjinkai members of full or partial Okinawan descent to learn about their ancestral heritage as well as develop relationships with local and international Uchinaanchu.

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2018 Scholarship for Students of Japanese Culture

JPASC Scholarship

Photo courtesy of Michelle Akamine, a past recipient of the scholarship

The Okinawa Association of America (OAA) is currently seeking applicants for the Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California (JPASC, Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai) scholarship award for exceptional students of Japanese and Okinawan culture.

DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2018

Each Southern California-based kenjinkai (prefectural association) can recommend up to two (2) of their members and the final selection will be done by the JPASC.

Click below for application requirements.
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2018 Onna Village Kenshuu Program

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Cape Manzamō, located near Onna Village in Okinawa (Wikipedia)

Applications are now available for the 2018 Onna Village Kenshuu Program. This is an all-expenses-paid scholarship for young Uchinaanchu to study in Okinawa for six months.

DEADLINE:
Please contact the OAA by May 7, 2018 to begin the application process: oaamensore@gmail.com, (310) 532-1929. The application is very intensive, so please do not wait until the last minute.

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OAA Annual Scholarship for Graduating High School Students (Deadline: May 31, 2018)

OAA ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP

DEADLINE: Application materials must be postmarked or delivered to the OAA office by May 31, 2018 (Thursday), 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Applicant must be of full or partial Okinawan descent
  • Parents or guardians must be OAA members
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Applicant must be graduating high school in 2018

The awards will be based primarily on academic accomplishments with due consideration given to extracurricular, community activities, and financial needs. The scholarship awards will be presented at the OAA’s Annual Members’ Picnic at Whittier Narrows Recreation Park on Sunday, July 15, 2018 (date subject to change).

APPLICATION MATERIALS:

Please contact the OAA for more information at (310) 532-1929 or oaamensore@gmail.com