JATCSF Announces Scholarship for High School Seniors

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The 2012 scholarship recipients were recognized last July at the Quiet Cannon.

Applications are available starting on Monday for the Japanese American Treaty Centennial Scholarship Fund (JATCSF).

This year’s scholarship awards are offered to high school seniors of Japanese ancestry residing in Southern California who will graduate from the high school and plan to enroll in college in 2013. Children of businessmen from Japan who are temporarily in the United States are also eligible to apply. U.S. citizenship is not required.

The fund expects to award about 20 students this year. The amount of the scholarship will be $1,000 for each student.

Students who are interested in obtaining an application form are asked to send a self-addressed envelope to the JATCSF office at 244 S. San Pedro St., #410, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The form is also available by emailing [email protected]

Completed applications must be mailed to JATCSF office by Thursday, June 6, with a school transcript and a copy of College Board-certified SAT scores. If the school’s policy is to mail transcripts directly, have the school send it to the JATCSF office at the above-mentioned address. The application postmarked on the due date is acceptable. The applicants will be notified of the selection result, after evaluation of their applications.

The scholarship presentation luncheon will be held on Saturday, July 27, at Quiet Cannon Restaurant in Montebello. When selected, the students must attend the presentation ceremony in person; otherwise they will lose the privilege of being a recipient.

JATCSF was established by the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California (JCCSC) in 1960. That year has historic significance as it marks the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Japanese official delegation to the United States, which presented the goodwill trade treaty to President James Buchanan for ratification in Washington, D.C.

To commemorate this event, many special events were planned in 1960 in both countries. In Los Angeles, the JCCSC, at its annual meeting in January 1960, decided to create the JATCSF with an initial fund of $100,000. The organizers had envisioned that the scholarship fund would serve to encourage students of Japanese descent toward higher education and aspire them to acquire leadership skills that would be utilized in the Japanese community for the future generations.

For more information, call the JATCSF office at (213) 626-3067.

2012 Recipients

Last year’s recipients are listed below with their high schools and the colleges they planned to attend.

Darren Tatsuya Ando, El Modena, UC San Diego

Rona Matsumoto Cabrera, John Burroughs, UC Berkeley

Kaitlin Chiemi Dunlevy, Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Wakana Fujiwara, Palos Verdes Peninsula, UCLA

Michael Furuya, Huntington Beach, UC San Diego

Nicole Ayaka Hamasaki, North, USC

Adori Iriyama, West, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Katherine Madoka Ishida, Glendora, UC San Diego

Jocelyn Kenmotsu, El Dorado, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Chika Matsumoto, Irvine, UCLA

Naomi Mori, Torrance, UC Irvine

Nicole Natsumi Nakagawa, John F. Kennedy Middle College, UCLA

Kiana Nakamura, River Springs Charter, CSU Fullerton

Yume Nishi, Woodbridge, USC

Mai Tiffany Nishishiba, West, Boston University

Jenna Kiyomi Schurr, California Academy of Math and Science, UC Davis

Derek Tsukahira, Venice, Santa Clara University

Hiromichi Yamamoto, La Costa Canyon, UC Berkeley

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