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2023 JAVA Scholarship Program

12 Scholarships Totaling $21,500 Awarded!

The Japanese American Veterans Association  announced 12 winners of JAVA’s annual scholarship award program for 2023. Outstanding students from around the country applied for the scholarships. The candidates for the JAVA scholarships were incredibly talented and accomplished, and all applicants would be worthy of receiving a JAVA scholarship to continue the legacy of the Nisei service to country. 

The $3,000 Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship honoring the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service was awarded to Elaine Oyama, of San Antonio, TX. The granddaughter of George Oyama, 442nd RCT, Elaine is pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Texas, San Antonio. As evidence of her commitment to her professional goals, Elaine has served as a Peer Mentor as well as a Victim Advocate at the Alamo Area Rape Crisis Center

The $3,000 Ishio Founder’s Scholarship named for JAVA’s founder, the late Colonel Phil Ishio, his wife Constance, and their son Douglas Ishio. It is awarded to a student who has completed two or more years of college/university. The Ishio Founder’s Scholarship was awarded to Justin Abe, of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, the great-grandnephew of Seichi Tsugawa, 442nd RCT. Currently, Justin is attending medical school at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi. 

The Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship, a $2,000 award in honor of a longtime patron of JAVA, is awarded to a student who has completed at least one year in college/university.  This scholarship was awarded to ToriAnn Abe, of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. She is the granddaughter of Frank Tokio Inouye, 100th Battalion, Company C. ToriAnn is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications at the University of Southern California and hopes to work in Occupational Therapy.

The following JAVA Memorial Scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors, each in the amount of $1,500:

Cody Gima received a JAVA Memorial Scholarship in honor of Dr. Americo Bugliani and his liberator, Paul Sakamoto, 442nd RCT. Cody is the grandnephew of Shinye Gima, 308th Intelligence Service Department/MIS. Cody is from Kula, Hawaiʻi, and will attend the University of Portland, Oregon, in the fall.

Carlos Shimabukuro received the Tak Furumoto Scholarship sponsored by JAVA member and Vietnam veteran Tak Furumoto. Carlos is the son of JAVA member LCDR Carlos A. Shimabukuro, USNR, and is from Stafford, Virginia. He will attend the College of William and Mary and plans to study Business.

Jameson Johnston received a JAVA Memorial Scholarship in honor of Ranger Grant Jiro Hirabayashi, MIS. Jameson is the son of JAVA member George Johnston. From Culver City, California, Jameson will attend Santa Monica College in California and plans to study Environmental Science. 

Ian Yogi received the Izuno Family Scholarship, in honor of JAVA member and Korean War veteran, Dr. Takumi Izunowho served in the U.S. Army 511th Military Intelligence Service. The grandnephew of Matsuichi Yogi, 442nd RCT, Ian is from Mililani, Hawaiʻi. He will attend the University of Portland in the fall. Ian plans to study Biology and eventually attend medical school. 

Brian Kamemoto received a JAVA Memorial Scholarship in honor of U. S. Army Colonel Jimmie Kanaya, a three-war veteran - WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Brian is the grandson of Harry Ishibashi, 442nd RCT, and is from Seattle, Washington. He will attend the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and plans to study Business Administration.

Emi Goto received a JAVA Memorial Scholarship in honor of Sergeant Ben Kuroki, a gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 505th Bombardment Group. Emi is the daughter of JAVA member CAPT (Dr.) Mark Goto, MC, USN (Ret). From Gulf Breeze, Florida, Emi will attend the University of Texas at Permian Basin (Odessa) where she will study Business.

Brayden Lawrence received a JAVA Memorial Scholarship in honor of Victor Matsui, MIS, and his wife Teru Matsui. Brayden is the great-grandson of Tadashi Frank Mouri Inouye, 442nd. From McKinney, Texas, he will attend the California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita and pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre.

Mischa Mikami received a JAVA Memorial Scholarship in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War veteran, Robert Nakamoto. Mischa is the granddaughter of Joe Mikami, 442nd RCT, and is from Sacramento, California. She will attend the University of California, Berkeley, and plans to study Data Science.

Kyle Yamazaki received a JAVA Memorial Scholarship in honor of Major Orville Shirey, 442nd RCT, and his wife Maud Shirey. Kyle is the great-grandson of Dave Kawagoye, 442nd RCT. From Torrance, California, he will attend Chapman University in Orange, California, and plans to study Business and Finance.

JAVA thanks the Scholarship Committee - Mrs. Chris DeRosa, Chair; Ms. Dawn Eilenberger, JD, former Deputy Director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; MAJ Kay Izumihara, USAR; Mr. Kaison Tanabe, Friend of JAVA; CAPT (Dr.) Cynthia Macri, MC, USN (Ret); and LTC Robert Vokac, USA (Ret).

Click here or here to watch a recording of the Scholarship Awards Ceremony!


2023 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program:  Celebrating the Legacy of World War II Nisei Military Service

The Japanese American Veterans Association is excited to announce its annual Memorial Scholarship Program for 2023.   The scholarships will benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students, and post-graduate and professional education students. 

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. The 2023 JAVA Memorial Scholarships are:

  • Dr. Americo Bugliani Scholarship in honor of his liberator, Paul Sakamoto, 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd RCT veteran.
  • Tak Furumoto Scholarship sponsored by JAVA member and Vietnam veteran, Tak Furumoto.

  • Ranger Grant Hirabayashi Scholarship in honor of Ranger Grant Jiro Hirabayashi, MIS.
  • Izuno Family Scholarship, in honor of JAVA member and Korean War veteran, Dr. Takumi Izuno who served in the U.S. Army 511th Military Intelligence Service.   
  • Colonel Jimmie Kanaya Scholarship in honor of Colonel Jimmie Kanaya, U.S. Army, a three-war veteran – WW II, Korean and Vietnam. 
  • Mitsugi Kasai Scholarship in honor of CWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai, MIS veteran.
  • Ben Kuroki Scholarship in honor of Sergeant Ben Kuroki, a gunner in the US Army Air Corps, 505th Bombardment Group.
  • Matsui Scholarship in honor of Victor Matsui, MIS veteran, and his wife Teru Matsui.
  • COL Virgil R. Miller Scholarship in honor of Colonel Virgil R. Miller Scholarship, Commander of the 442nd, who led the Nisei soldiers in their rescue of the Texas "Lost Battalion" in the Vosges Mountains of France during WWII.
  • Robert Nakamoto Scholarship, in honor of past JAVA President and Korean War veteran, Bob Nakamoto.
  • Shirey Scholarship, in honor of Major Orville Shirey, 442nd veteran and wife Maud Shirey.

Descendants of those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion, and the 522nd Field Artillery Battalion; and  descendants of Japanese American soldiers who served during World War II in other United States military units to include the Women’s Army Corps or Army Nurses Corps are eligible to apply for a JAVA Scholarship.

Current members of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2021 are eligible to apply.  Children of current JAVA members are also eligible to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2021.

In addition, past or present members of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Reserves are eligible and encouraged to apply for the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship. Also eligible are individuals enrolled in a college or university ROTC or U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course.  Applicants should demonstrate their lifelong commitment to public and uniformed service leadership for the nation.

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 30, 2023, to  with either “2023 Inouye Memorial Scholarship,” “2023 Ishio Founder's Memorial Scholarship,”  "2023 Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship," or “2023 JAVA Memorial Scholarship” and the applicant’s name in the subject line.  Applications not received by that date or that fail to meet the submission requirements will NOT be considered. Applicants will be notified of a decision by early June 2023.  Awards will be presented at a JAVA scholarship awards ceremony on Saturday,  July 8,  2023. 

2023 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program Overview here.

2023 US Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship here.

2023 JAVA Ishio Founder's Scholarship here.

2023 Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship here.

2023 JAVA Memorial Scholarships here.



JAVA Scholarship Program to Award 14 Scholarships

To learn more about some of the the amazing individuals JAVA scholarships honor, click on the named scholarships listed below.

Dr.  Americo Bugliani Scholarship

Tak Furumoto Scholarship

Ranger Grant Hirabayashi Scholarship

Inouye Memorial Scholarship

Ishio Founder's Scholarship

Izuno Family Scholarship

Colonel Jimmie Kanaya Scholarship

Mitsugi Kasai Scholarship

Ben Kuroki Scholarship

Matsui Scholarship

Colonel Virgil R. Miller Scholarship

Robert Nakamoto Scholarship

Shirey Scholarship

Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship

 US Senator Daniel K. Inouye, 442nd

Colonel Sunao Phil Ishio, MIS

Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin, JAVA Patron

Americo Bugliani and Paul Sakamoto, 442nd

Carolyn and Tak Furumoto, Vietnam Veteran

Ranger Grant Hirabayashi, MIS

 Dr. Takumi Izuno, Korean War Veteran

 Colonel Jimmie Kanaya, Three-War VeteranCWO 4 Mitsugi Murakami Kasai, MIS

Sergeant Ben Kuroki, US Army Air Corps

Victor Matsui, MIS and wife Teru

Robert Nakamoto, Korean War Veteran

Colonel Virgil R. Miller, 442nd 

dMajor Orville Shirey, 442nd

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