the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui (JCS Maui) has awarded two 2014 Maui high school graduates $1,000 scholarships. The selection criteria for annual JCS Maui Scholarship includes the student’s interest in perpetuating the Japanese culture, how his or her education will assist in perpetuating the Japanese culture and his or her present and past involvement in Japanese organizations, as well as academics and community service participation.
The 2014 scholarships went to Christie Kimura and Kristen Kagoshima.
Kimura is a 2014 graduate of Seabury Hall. She will attend Waseda University in Japan where her major course of studies will be Political Science and Environmental Study. Kimura, the daughter of Glenn and Kyoko Kimura, has studied tea ceremony and studied and tutored Japanese language. She hopes to further her knowledge of Japan, its culture, economy and sustainability during her studies.
Kagoshima graduated this year from Maui High School. She will attend Oregon State University and study psychology. Kagoshima, the daughter of Joel and Cindy Kagoshima, is a long-time member, teacher and songwriter of Maui Taiko and a member of the Japanese Club at Maui High School. She hopes to study abroad in Japan in the future to increase her understanding of the Japanese culture.
Donations for the scholarship may be made to the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui and mailed to P.O. Box 5090, Kahului, HI 96733.