2020 Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai Scholarship

The Kenjinkai awards a $1000 scholarship annually to a qualified student, provided there is a qualified applicant that meets the criteria for this award. If you are a graduating high school senior or an undergraduate in your first or second year of full time college then you may be eligible for this scholarship.

All applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for our scholarship.

  • Applicants should be current high school seniors enrolling in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university.

  • In cases where there are no qualified High School Senior applications, undergraduate students in their freshman or sophomore years of college may apply. College applicants will only be considered if there are no qualified High School Senior applicants by the cutoff date for application submissions.

  • Applicants must submit a 500 – 1000 word essay detailing their aspirations for the future and how the award of this scholarship will help them contribute to the Uchinanchu community. Our Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai has a goal of keeping Okinawan culture and traditions alive for future generations. This is the primary reason this scholarship was created for the youth associated with our Okinawa Kenjinkai. Please include how the award of this scholarship “to you” would help us carry out this goal. Lastly, include any involvement you’ve had with the Okinawan arts or culture. You should also include your parents’ involvement in our Kenjinkai. Sell yourself and make us believe we are choosing the very best applicant.

  • Applicants must provide an official school transcript from their current school indicating that they carry at least a 3.0 grade point average or higher. This transcript must be submitted along with your scholarship application and essay, through the US Postal Service.

  • The applicant or the applicant’s family must have been a “Member in good standing” for at least three years to be considered for this scholarship. Please indicate who your connection is to our Kenjinkai on your application.

The application deadline for our next award is April 30 th, 2020. Therefore all applicants wishing to apply for this scholarship must send their application through the US Postal Service with a post mark no later than April 30 th, 2020 to be considered for the award.

Selection of the award winner will be made from the applications received by the published deadline date. The official US Postal Stamp mark on the submission envelope will be the primary means of determining the submissions “on time” eligibility. All applicants, meeting the above requirements, will be considered and voted on by our Kenjinkai’s elected officers at an officers meeting. That meeting will be set up between the submission date and the next annual KJK picnic. Only elected Kenjinkai officers will be allowed to vote for an applicant and the scholarship award will be announced at the Annual Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai Picnic which will be held in late summer (July or August) on a date to be determined by the available reservations for the picnic grounds.

Contact any one of the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai officers if you have questions or need help. COKJK President - Linda Asato is the primary point of contact for this scholarship.