SAN FRANCISCO — The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) announces that applications are now available for the 2017 Kase Nikkei Community Scholarship Program (Kase Program).
The Kase Program offers students a $5,000 educational scholarship to support their college education. It provides college students an opportunity to intern at and support the work of the JCCCNC, a community nonprofit organization located in San Francisco’s Japantown. Participants will gain professional experience, enhanced skills in various areas, including personal development, and guidance during a ten-week summer internship. The goal of the program is to support the development of the next generation of community leaders.
The Japanese American community has a vibrant history spanning more than a century and over several generations in the United States. Japanese Americans have the tremendous task of defining and addressing the needs of the present community to ensure its future vitality.
Paul Osaki, JCCCNC executive director, mentions, “Preparing our youth to meet these challenges, through programs like the Kase Nikkei Community Scholarship Program, is essential if we want to build future leaders in our community who are creative, competitive and capable in the years ahead.”
Kase Program participants will also take part in the statewide Nikkei Community Internship (NCI) Program at the JCCCNC. Interns will receive valuable training in community service, cultural preservation and networking with various community members. One day of each week is reserved for the interns to visit Japanese American organizations and meet with community leaders to expand their personal knowledge of available services, resources, opportunities and issues the organization may be facing.
Important information about the Kase Nikkei Youth Scholarship Program:
• Program Dates: June 5 to Aug. 19
• Japanese ancestry is not a requirement, but a strong background of involvement in the Japanese American community is preferred, as well as a desire to learn about Japanese/Japanese American culture, heritage and the San Francisco Japantown community.
• To be eligible for the 2017 program, the applicant must be a continuing college student in fall or have graduated, and be 18 years of age at the start of the program (birthdate on or before June 6, 1999).
• Up to five participants will be selected based on application, letter of recommendation and interview.
• Applications are due on Friday, April 21.
The Kase Program application is a two-step process. After the initial application and letters of recommendation have been submitted, qualified applicants will be invited to a personal interview and participants will be selected by May 12.
Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted no later than April 14, 2017 to: JCCCNC, Attn: Kase Scholarship, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115.
Developed in 2012, the Kase Community Scholarship Program is sponsored solely through the generosity of G. Kase, a strong supporter of the JCCCNC over the years, for whom the center has become a second home in the community. It is the belief of the Kase family that supporting the leadership development of Japanese American youth is vital to the future of the community, preserving its rich history, heritage and traditions for generations to come. By creating the Kase Program, it has been Kase’s wish to provide financial support and an opportunity to go to college for those who might not have had the ability to do so otherwise.