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The Scholarship Program of the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui is a cultural scholarship awarded to High School seniors who are pursuing further education with a record of involvement in promoting and perpetuating the Japanese culture or Japanese language and a desire to continue to do so.


  • The applicant must be a resident of the island of Maui.
  • The applicant must be a graduate of the class of 2024 from a high school on Maui.
  • The applicant must complete the Scholarship Program Application Form and submit all the requirements by the deadline.

Other conditions for selected recipients:

Scholars must be able to submit a 2-minute acceptance video, which will be shared on JCSM's platforms, similar to the one displayed on this page.

Update: Scholarship Applications for 2024 are now being accepted. Download the application form below. Deadline to apply is March 30, 2024 at 11:59 pm. 

Make a donation and support this program

This Scholarship Program is funded by donations from JCSM Members, Sponsors and generous individuals. 

You too can make a direct donation to JCSM towards its Scholarship program to support our future leaders. 

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  • Teisha Nishimitsu
  • Payten Shimizu


  • Leilah Eusebio
  • Elise Aquinde
  • Teige-Anna Barcoma Suyat
  • Cassidy Hanano


  • Lannie Hisashima
  • Sarah Fusato
  • Nadia Apo Takayama
  • Kara Nakahashi


  • Petynn Kubo
  • Lexi Yokote
  • Zhenni He

  • Leslie Kimura
  • Tiara Kobayashi-Bautista

About Asa Ellison

JCSM honors its late president Asa Ellison who unexpectedly passed away in March 2020 because of cancer. Ellison was a tour guide with JTB, a celebrated photographer and has served on the JCSM board for many years. He began learning Nihongo (Japanese language) as a student of then-Maui Community College and fully embraced the Japanese culture since. Ellison spoke Japanese fluently and often shared about the importance of perpetuating the language in JCSM’s mission.

From Hawaii News Now archives: Beloved longtime Hawaii photographer battling terminal cancer

Japanese Cultural Society of Maui, Inc.   Est. 1969

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