General Information

Deadline: 11:59 PM PST on Friday, March 6, 2020
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 the 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 by June 2020 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 fall of 2020.
  • Applicant must be of Japanese ancestry, or an individual member of the Seattle JACL, or who are active with the Japanese American community.
  1. Application and supporting documents must be uploaded by 11:59 PM PST on Friday, March 6, 2020
  2. Notification of interview status – Week of March 23, 2020
  3. Face to face interview (required) – Saturday, April 4, 2020
  4. Successful candidate must attend the scholarship luncheon – Saturday, May 9, 2020
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?
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from faculty and/or a counselor and the other from someone from the community or one of your extracurricular activities. (Note to faculty or counselor:  Please address the student’s community service, extracurricular activities and academic achievements.)
  • A copy of your official university transcript(s).
  • A list of your extracurricular and community activities which details the specific years and length of each activity, average amount of hours, and leadership positions in the activity.  You may also include work experience or other pertinent activities.

Step 1 of 2

  • Basic Information

  • Education Background

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