What is the Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary?

The Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary is a $1,000 bursary that 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 spring fundraiser, the Thomas Shoyama Gala, an evening that recognizes Inspiring People in our community.

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

Bursary Goals

  • 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?

  • Permanent residents of Canada or Canadian citizens
  • Graduating secondary school students or current post-secondary students who will be attending an accredited post-secondary institution (Canadian or international) part- or full-time during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Youth 25 years old or under (at the time of application).

To be considered for bursary support, you must meet these criteria:

  • Applicants must be a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizen at the time of his or her application
  • Youth 25 years old or under (at the time of application) who is involved with Nikkei community organizations and/or involved within the Nikkei community as participants, volunteers or staff members
  • For graduating secondary school applicants: a minimum high school GPA 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • For current post-secondary students: must be in good academic standing at your current post-secondary institution
  • 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
  • Able to demonstrate leadership and community involvement
  • Plans to enroll or is currently enrolled at either an accredited 2year junior or community college in Canada OR an accredited 4year college or university in Canada
    Is involved in local minor associations in a leadership role or is training to participate in a national or international non-professional sports event

Evaluation Criteria:

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

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit the following documents:

    • Completed Application Form:
      Submit completed form to [email protected]
      Mail or Drop off completed application to:Nikkei Place Foundation
      220-6688 Southoaks Crescent
      Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7

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    • Copy of acceptance letter from an accredited Canadian or accredited Non-Canadian post-secondary institution
    • Copy of applicant's most recent transcript
    • Short essay or story (300-400 words) about your Nikkei heritage and identity. Some topics ideas: "Growing up Nikkei" or "What it means to me to be Nikkei"
    • Letter explaining financial need (if applicable)
    • Two references (may include classroom teachers, coaches, etc.)