nikkei internsSAN FRANCISCO – The deadline to apply for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California’s Kase Nikkei Community Scholarship Program is Friday, March 27.

The Kase Program offers five college students a $5,000 educational scholarship to support their education. The goal of the program is to support the development of the next generation of community leaders by providing an opportunity to intern at and support the work of the JCCCNC.

To be eligible for the 2015 program, applicants must be continuing or entering college during the fall 2015 school year and be at least 18 years of age at the start of the program.

From June 15 to Aug. 7, selected Kase Program participants will take part in the full-time statewide Nikkei Community Internship Program at the JCCCNC. Interns will receive valuable training in community service, cultural preservation and networking with various community members.

One day of each week is reserved for the interns to visit various Japanese American organizations and participate in leadership development workshops to expand their personal knowledge of available community services and resources.

From Aug. 10 to Dec. 11, Kase Program interns will participate in a part-time Career Internship, tailored to the needs and interests of each student.

The Kase Program application process is a two-step process. After the initial applications have been submitted, qualified applicants will be invited to a personal interview from April 1 to 10 and participants will be selected by late April.

Send applications to: Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, Attn: Kase Scholarship, 1840 Sutter St., San Francisco, CA 94115.

Applications can be faxed to (415) 567-4222 to meet the March 27 deadline, but the original application and letter of recommendation must be submitted by March 31 to be considered for the program.

For more information or an application, visit (to download) or contact Lori Matoba at (415) 567-5505 or email


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