General Information

Deadline: 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, March 3, 2024
Amount: $5,000

Dr. Susumu Shimokon was born in Seattle on May 27, 1923 and died on March 30, 2010.  Dr. Shimokon, a Seattle resident, was incarcerated at Minidoka during World War II.  He later graduated from the Ohio State University College of Dentistry and earned post-graduate certificates in Oral Surgery and Periodontology from the New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Shimokon served in the US Army from 1955 to 1970, received his education through the US Army and spent his career as an oral surgeon, retiring with a rank of Major.

Dr. Shimokon left part of his estate to the Seattle JACL and in his honor the Seattle JACL established a scholarship in his name beginning in 2013.  We are indebted to Dr. Susumu Shimokon’s generosity in supporting the educational needs of future generations.  The Shimokon Memorial Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship and will be presented at the luncheon.

  • Applicant must be graduating from a college or university this academic year or have already graduated.
  • Applicant must be accepted and enrolled in an accredited medical, dental, nursing school or other post-graduate health studies professional school for the upcoming academic year.
  • Applicant must be of Japanese ancestry, an individual member of the Seattle JACL, or active with the Japanese American community.
  1. Application and supporting documents must be uploaded by 11:59 PM on Sunday, March 3, 2024
  2. Notification of interview status – Week of March 25, 2024
  3. Online Zoom interview (required) – Saturday, April 20, 2024
  4. Scholarship winners are invited to attend an awards lunch – Saturday, May 4, 2024
Key Considerations
  • What are the motivations for the applicant to pursue a profession in the health field?
  • How has the applicant demonstrated current ties to the Japanese American community and the Seattle JACL?
  • What are the applicant’s extracurricular activities and/or work experiences?
Required Documents
  • An essay of 500 words or less to address the following: Why have you chosen this field of study? What do you hope to accomplish in your chosen profession?
  • A copy of your official university transcript(s).
  • A summary of your extra-curricular, work, and community activities. Please download and fill out this activities summary template.
  • Two recommendation forms: at least one recommendation must be submitted by a non-related teacher, counselor, school administrator, and/or employer; one recommendation can be submitted by a community leader.

The recommendation form can be downloaded here. Applicants are encouraged to download the form and send it to their recommenders.

Recommenders should submit the completed form on the Recommendation Form page: Forms must be submitted by the application deadline.


Step 1 of 2

  • Basic Information

  • Education Background

If you have questions about the application process, contact Mika Rothman at