The Hifumi Society established this scholarship fund in 2016 to honor Denny & Thelma Yasuhara.  Denny Yasuhara (1926-2002) was a leader of the Japanese American Citizens League.  He helped enact the 1988 Civil Liberties Act, in which the U.S. government apologized for detaining those with Japanese ancestry, including Yasuhara and his family, and compensated those who were detained in camps during World War II.  Thelma currently serves on the Hifumi Society Board of Directors with Dean Nakagawa and Jonas Parshall, who were instrumental in establishing this fund at INWCF. 

Applicants must be high school seniors or graduates from the Inland Northwest region who demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture and must be good citizens.  The scholarship committee will consider the applicant's experience participating in school or community activities and job or volunteer activities, as well as his or her commitment to academic excellence and financial need.  Applicant must provide recommendations from teachers or community members who are not related to the applicant.

Application is made through the INWCF website beginning the first week of December and applications are due March 1.


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