FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Dr. Ray Murakami, scholarship chair, announced the names of eight high school seniors who were awarded scholarships from the Japanese American Veterans Association (JAVA) to universities for the 2011-12 school year.
The announcement was made at the JAVA luncheon at the Harvest Moon Restaurant in Falls Church, Va. on June 18. Twenty-nine applications were received.
In addition to their grade point average, each applicant was judged on his/her extracurricular activities and an essay entitled “What Does the JAVA Scholarship Mean to Me?”
Murakami said the applicants’ qualifications were uniformly high, making selection of the final eight very difficult. The following students, all but two from California, finally emerged at the top (listed alphabetically).
• Stephanie Fong, attending USC, Col. Phillip Sunao Ishio Scholarship
• Emily Ichikawa, attending UCLA, Mary Kozono Scholarship
• Carli Komoto, attending UCLA, Teru Kamikawa Matsui Scholarship
• Shari Kuroyama, attending Cal Tech, Maj. Orville Shirey Scholarship
• April Nishikawa, attending USC, Douglas Ishio Scholarship
• Natalie Okahara, attending UCLA, Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Scholarship
• James Ryan of Rhode Island, attending Harvard University, Ranger Grant Hirabayashi Scholarship
• Jenny Yim of Hawaii, attending Scripps College, Joseph Ichiuji Scholarship
The Scholarship Selection Committee consists of Calvin Ninomiya, Esq.; Edgar Wakayama, Ph.D.; and Sue Okubo, Ph.D.