Japanese American Veteran (JAVA) Scholarship Program

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Scholarship Description

The Japanese American Veterans Association will be offering 15 scholarships during the 2024 Annual JAVA Scholarship Program. Last year, JAVA selected 12 outstanding students from around the country who applied for the scholarships. The candidates for the JAVA scholarships were incredibly talented and accomplished, and we hope to select 15 more promising individuals who will continue the legacy of the Nisei service to their country.

Scholarship Details

The (up to $3,000) scholarships will benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students, and post-graduate and professional education students.


  • Descendants of those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion or descendants of Japanese American soldiers who served during World War II other United States military units, including the Women’s Army Corps or Army Nurses Corps
  • Current members of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2022, are eligible and encouraged to apply. Children of current JAVA members are also eligible and encouraged to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2022.

Application Process

  • Applicants should first review published rules and forms.
  • Applications and supporting documents must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 30th
  • Applications not received by that date or that fail to meet the submission requirements will NOT be considered
  • Supporting documents should be sent via email
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision in early June

The scholarships include The U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) honoring the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service; the Ishio Founder’s Scholarship ($3,000), awarded in memory of JAVA’s founder, Colonel Sunao Phil Ishio, U.S. Army, his wife Constance and their son Douglas Ishio; the Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship ($2,000), a tribute to Ms. Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin, a longtime supporter of JAVA; as well as JAVA Memorial Scholarships ($1,500), honoring Nisei veterans, JAVA members and/or their family members.

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