JACGP Community Awards are given to students who have shown exemplary involvement with two or more of the JACGP sponsoring organizations.
- You are a graduating high school senior residing in the Denver, Colorado Metropolitan area who is either an American citizen of Japanese ancestry or an American citizen whose legal parent(s) is/are of Japanese ancestry, OR
- You are a graduating high school senior of Japanese ancestry residing in the Denver, Colorado Metropolitan area who has a permanent resident status (INS documentation) in the United States, OR
- You are a graduating high school senior who is, or who has a parent who is, an active member of one of the following JACGP sponsoring organizations: Brighton Japanese American Association, Denver Bonsai, Denver Nisei Bowling Association, Fort Lupton Japanese American Citizens League, Japanese American Association of Colorado, Japanese American Community Graduation Program, Japan Firms Association of Colorado, Longmont Buddhist Temple, Mile High Chapter Japanese American Citizens League, Nisei Veterans Heritage Foundation, Sakura Foundation, Simpson United Methodist Church, or Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple.
A. A minimum of 48 total volunteer hours accumulated in the last four years from at least two, but preferably three or more, sponsoring organizations
(For example: 30 volunteer hours with JAAC and 18 hours with Simpson UMC, for a total of 48 volunteer hours)
- Participating Organizations for this award include the following:
- Brighton Japanese American Association
- Denver Bonsai
- Denver Nisei Bowling Association
- Fort Lupton Japanese American Citizens’ League
- Japanese American Association of Colorado
- Japanese American Community Graduation Program
- Japan Firms Association of Colorado
- Longmont Buddhist Temple
- Mile High Chapter Japanese American Citizens’ League
- Nisei Veterans’ Heritage Foundation
- Sakura Foundation
- Simpson United Methodist Church
- Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple
- Contact information of these groups can be found here.
- Download Letters of Attestation to be filled out with your volunteer organization.
- Upload the completed form in the Secure Application as a .PDF or .JPG. (Tip: Scan document or take a legible picture on your phone. Download this easy-to-use, free app TinyScanner to turn your photo into a PDF for upload purposes.)
B. Lists of additional curricular and extra-curricular involvement.
- List school activities, awards, honors, etc., and names of clubs or organizations, positions held, conferences, science fairs, etc. Please do not use abbreviations. Use this format: National Honor Society, 9, 10, 11, 12 Vice President, 11
- List non-school activities, hobbies, special skills or other pertinent information: church or temple activities, community organizations, part-time or full-time work, experiences both during school and vacations, etc.
- List activities involving the Japanese American Community.
C. Official High School Transcript
D. Brief Paragraph about Yourself
Tell us something unique about yourself in 150 – 200 words.
E. Complete Essay Questions
Please submit typed answers to the following questions with a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words for both of the essay questions below.
- What Japanese American values (i.e. shikata ga nai, kodomo tameni, on, gaman, giri, mottainai, enryo suru) would you like future generations to possess? Why is it important for them to have these values?
- The Japanese American community has had a deep and diverse history in Colorado. Many individuals have contributed to this history. Please identify an individual and write about how s/he has affected the Japanese American community today and how s/he has affected you personally.
Completed applications must be received by April 8, 2017 to be considered for this scholarship.
There will be no exceptions to this deadline. Certificate of mailing from the pst office is required. Hand delivered applications will not be accepted. Transcripts may be sent under a separate cover (no certificate of mailing is required for transcript only); however, transcripts must be received by April 14, 2017 to be eligible.
Mail completed application forms to:
Japanese American Community Graduation Program P.O. Box 13665 Denver, Colorado 80201-3665
These awards are judged separately by an independent panel of judges.
The final decision of the judges is based upon grade point average, academic courses, school activities, community participation, leadership, personal sacrifice and the oral interview.
All JACGP scholarship applicants will be required to attend an oral interview on Saturday, May 13, 2017, as part of the interview process. The interviews will be held in the Denver metropolitan area.
The JACGP committee acknowledges that under certain circumstances, there may be an occasion in which the interview date and time conflict with a school sponsored activity. Under these circumstances, an alternative method of interview may be accepted. Under the discretion of the JACGP committee, arrangements may be made to interview via video conferencing on the same day as the personal interviews. Requests for interview via video conferencing must be made to the JACGP committee at least 72 hours prior to the interview and accompanied with a dated letter from a school official verifying the date of the event and applicant participation. Upon receipt of the written request and verification, a decision will be made and applicant notified in a timely manner.
All decisions of the JACGP committee are final and not subject to appeal.