The Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative (NSRC) Fund was founded in 1980 by Nisei (second generation Japanese Americans) who were incarcerated in U.S. internment camps during World War II. Over 5,000 Nisei college students were assisted by the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council to leave the internment camps and continue their educations. The NSRC Fund was created to honor those who helped the Japanese American students during World War II by assisting others in furthering their educations.
Since 1983, the NSRC Fund has awarded 608 scholarships totaling nearly $589,000 to Southeast Asian high school students in cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Denver, Philadelphia, Seattle, Boston, Sacramento, Fresno, and New York City. (For more information, please visit the website at www.nsrcfund.org.)
In 2011, the Fund has selected Washington State as the area for this year’s awards. At least $50,000 is available in scholarship money: eleven $2000 awards and $28,000 in additional scholarships of lesser amounts.
To be eligible for the scholarships, the applicant must meet these criteria:
- Southeast Asian ancestry (the applicant or at least one parent must be born in Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia).
- Graduate high school in the 2010 – 2011 year (includes completion of GED) in Washington State. There is no age limit.
- Attend a four-year college or university; community college; accredited vocational or technical school in the Fall 2011.
In evaluating scholarship applications, consideration will be given to:
- Academic achievement
- Extracurricular activities in school and/or community, and/or work experience
- Educational, career, and personal goals
- Financial need
- Demonstrates potential to succeed in education after high school
- Two (2) letters of reference
Please read the instructions in the application form carefully. Your application materials must be received via email or postmarked no later than Friday, April 1, 2011. The decision on your application will be made by late April 2011. Scholarship winners will be recognized at a special awards ceremony to be held on a Saturday, May 2011 in Seattle, WA. Details will be announced at a later date and time.
For further information, please contact Ammara Kimso at NRSCFundWA2011@gmail.com.