Category Archives: Young Okinawans of SoCal (YOSC)

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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OAA Scholarships for 2015 Graduating High School Students

2014 OAA High School Scholarship awardees at our Annual Picnic!

DEADLINE: May 22, 2015

REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be graduating high school in 2015
• Must be of full or partial Okinawan descent
• Parents or applicant must be OAA member(s)
• Minimum 3.0 GPA

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 Picnic at Whittier Narrows Recreation Park on Sunday, July 12, 2015 (date subject to change).

Please contact the OAA at oaamensore@gmail.com or 310-532-1929 for the application!

2014 NKK Scholarship for Students of Japanese Culture

The Nanka Kenjinkai Kyogikai (Japanese Prefectural Association of Southern California) is now accepting applications for its 2014 scholarship for outstanding students of Japanese culture (e.g. art, entertainment, martial arts, etc). Qualifying applicants must be current members of a kenjinkai, between 17 – 27 years of age, and a dedicated practitioner of a Japanese cultural tradition. Applying consists of a recommendation letter from the instructor of the Japanese cultural tradition, a recommendation from your kenjinkai, transcripts and passport photos.

If you are a member of OAA and interested in applying for this scholarship, please contact the OAA at 310-532-1929 or mensore @ earthlink . net (please remove all of the spaces in the email address).

The scholarship application deadline to be considered as an OAA nominee is July 31, so please contact us as soon as possible!

OAA Scholarship Applications for 2014 Graduating High School Students

2013 Scholarship Awardees

2013 OAA High School Scholarship awardees with President Shingi Kuniyoshi (far left) and Chogi Higa (far right)

Applications for the OAA’s annual scholarship awards for 2014 high school graduates are now available!

Applicant Requirements:
• Must be graduating high school in 2014
• Must be of full or partial Okinawan descent
• Parents or applicant must be OAA member(s)
• Minimum 3.0 GPA

DEADLINE: JUNE 13, 2014

The awards will be based primarily on academic accomplishments with due consideration given to extra-curricular and community activities and financial needs. The scholarship awards will be presented at the OAA’s Annual Picnic at Whittier Narrows Recreation Park on Sunday, July 13, 2014.

Please contact the OAA at 310-532-1929 or mensore@earthlink.net for the application!

Kempi Scholarship to Study in Okinawa! DEADLINE: November 1

The 2014 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.

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OAA Scholarship Applications for Graduating High School Students (Extended Deadline: June 14)

2012 OAA Scholarship Recipients
Applications for the OAA’s annual scholarship awards for 2013 high school graduates are now available! Applicant requirements include:

  • Must be graduating high school in 2013
  • Must be of full or partial Okinawan descent
  • Parents or applicant must be OAA member(s)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

EXTENDED DEADLINE: JUNE 14, 2013

The awards will be based primarily on academic accomplishments with due consideration given to extra-curricular and community activities and financial needs.

The scholarship awards will be presented at the OAA’s Annual Picnic at Whittier Narrows Recreation Park on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

Click here to download the application materials (PDF file)

Please contact the OAA at 310-532-1929 or mensore@earthlink.net for more information!

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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