National WWII Museum High School Essay Contest

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Scholarship Description

Explore the legacy of Japanese American service members during World War II and their dedication to defending civil liberties through the following scholarship opportunity.

Scholarship Details

  • This scholarship delves into the history and impact of Japanese Americans who served in the US Armed Forces during World War II, despite facing civil liberties infringements.
  • Approximately 33,000 Japanese Americans served in various military units during this period, making significant contributions.
  • The 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and Military Intelligence Service were key units with an outstanding record of service.
  • The motto "Go for Broke" symbolizes their dedication and willingness to risk everything for a chance at success.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current high school students are eligible.

Application Process

  1. Prepare your speech addressing the outlined criteria and drawing from historical sources and personal knowledge.
  2. Ensure your submission reflects the motivations, challenges, and legacy of Japanese American service members during World War II.
  3. Submit your application and take this opportunity to explore and share this important aspect of American history.
  4. Applicants are invited to participate by writing a speech from the perspective of a Japanese American service member addressing students in the present day.
  5. Submission should include the service member's motivation for enlisting during a challenging period, highlighting their commitment to defending civil liberties.
  6. Consideration of opposition faced then and potential contemporary perspectives on this motivation should be included.
  7. Discussion of the enduring legacy of this chapter in American history and its relevance to modern civil liberties is required.
  8. Applicants must draw evidence from at least three provided sources and incorporate their own knowledge of US History. Scholarship Search