442nd veteran Art Iwasaki with the 2011 Iwasaki Scholar, Trenton Tanioka.
442nd veteran Art Iwasaki with the 2011 Iwasaki Scholar, Trenton Tanioka.

Americans of Japanese Ancestry World War II Memorial Alliance and JA Living Legacy have received a generous $10,000 donation from Teri and Art Iwasaki of Portland, Ore.

The Iwasaki family donated the funds to provide a $2,000 scholarship every year for the next five years. The initial scholarship ran from 2008 to 2013. The awardees are all listed on the www.jalivinglegacy.org website (under the “Awards and Scholarships” tab).

The scholarship will be awarded to a qualifying high school senior; details regarding applications and qualifications will be released in February. This scholarship will run through 2018. Visit the website for updated scholarship information.

Art Iwasaki is a veteran of I Company, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. He and his children (Robert, Stephanie, Christie, Paul and Leslie) created the Teri and Art Iwasaki Scholarship to help students with the rising costs of education and to honor Art’s late wife, Teri.

“The legacy of the Nisei World War II veteran must not be forgotten and all efforts to educate our youth should be encouraged throughout our community. Thanks to the efforts like the Iwasaki family, the legacy will continue,” said Susan Uyemura, CEO of JA Living Legacy.

Japanese American Living Legacy is a California nonprofit 501©3 organization based out of CSU Fullerton. All of the board members, staff and advisors are volunteers. For more information, visit the website or call (714) 515-5501.

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