The Hawaii Island AJA Veterans Legacy Association is accepting applications for up to two $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to continue their post high school education this fall. The scholarships are funded by the Hawaii Island AJA Veteran Legacy Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community organization dedicated to honoring and perpetuating the legacy of Japanese American veterans who served in World War II.

Applicants must be a senior at any Hawai‘i Island public or private high school and must enroll full-time at any accredited college or university in the state of Hawai‘i for the 2019-2020 academic year, registering for 12 credits or more. Online educational programs are not eligible.

In addition to the application and other documents, an essay of no more than 1,000 words is required describing the significance and role AJAs in the 100th Infantry Battalion, Military Intelligence Service or the 442nd Regimental Combat Team played in World War II (focusing on at least one of these groups) and their legacy.

Scholarships must be applied to tuition, room and board, books, travel or other expenses at the college or university of the applicant’s choice.

Application forms and instructions are available at the counselors’ office at Hawai‘i Island public and private high schools. The application deadline is Saturday, April 20. Applications, including the essay, must be postmarked by this date.


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