Congratulations to this year's 2016 NYAB recipient Beth Kamimura!

What is the Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary?

The Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary recognizes the achievements of young Nikkei student-athletes who foster excellence in athletics, academics and community leadership.

This $1,000 bursary is awarded annually at our Community Awards + Fundraising Dinner - an evening that celebrates the efforts and contributions of individuals and organizations in building a strong and vibrant Nikkei community.

This bursary has been made possible through a generous donation by the Nikkei Hockey Program. We thank Ian Burgerss, Dan Nomura, Paul Kariya and Ken Takeuchi who are pleased to represent the many contributors to the past Nikkei Hockey Programs.


  • Recognize and encourage excellence in athletics and community leadership among our Nikkei youth
  • Encourage youth to have aspirations and voice in our community as individual leaders or as a youth leader within community organizations
  • Encourage healthy communities through healthy lifestyles

Who can apply?

  • Applicants must be a permanent resident of B.C./Canada or Canadian citizen at the time of his or her application
  • Applicants must be between the ages 18 to 25 years old
  • Graduating seniors attending a B.C./Canadian high school
  • Graduating seniors from a private high school or graduates from a community college in lieu of graduating from public B.C./Canadian high school
  • Former graduates from a B.C./Canadian high school


Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Potential:
    Award will be given to full or part-time students who have been accepted to or are attending an accredited Canadian or accredited Non-Canadian post-secondary institution during the current academic year and are able to demonstrate a commitment to their education

  • Demonstrated leadership:
    The Selection Committee will look for situations where students have challenged themselves in order to influence others and address local community issues that are important to them
  • Community involvement:
    Recipients will be able to demonstrate genuine commitment and connection to the Nikkei community at a neighbourhood level

  • Financial need:
    Priority may be given to applicants who have demonstrated a need for financial support

Recipient Requirements:

Please Note: Applicants must be a permanent resident of B.C./Canada or a Canadian Citizen at the time of his or her application

A student who:

  • Is between the age 18 to 25 years old who is involved with Nikkei community organizations and/or involved within the Nikkei community as participants, volunteers or staff members.
  • Has a minimum high school GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Able to demonstrate the potential to achieve a successful academic experience leading to a bachelor’s degree at the college the applicant is planning to attend, e.g. having SAT and/or ACT scores that demonstrate an ability to complete the course work necessary to earn a bachelor’s degree at such college
  • Either plans to enroll and does enroll at either an accredited 2year junior or community college in British Columbia/Canada OR an accredited 4year college or university in B.C./Canada, in all cases pursuing a bachelor’s degree with an Athletics related major


  • Is involved in local minor associations in a leadership role or is training to participate in a national or international non-professional sports event.

How to Apply:

Applicants must provide the following documentation:

    • Completed Application Form

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       >> Mail or Drop off to Nikkei Place Foundation:
      220-6688 Southoaks Crescent
      Burnaby, BC   V5E 4M7

  • Mail or Drop off the Following Additional Documents to Nikkei Place Foundation (address listed above):
      • Official copy of transcript of applicant's most recent high school transcript
      • Acceptance letter from an accredited Canadian or Non-Canadian post-secondary institution
      • A brief resume demonstrating your leadership and participation in the community
      • Letter explaining financial need