Japanese Cultural Society of Maui awards scholarships

The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui recently presented $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates Christie Kimura and Kristen Kagoshima.

Kimura, the daughter of Glenn and Kyoko Kimura, is a 2014 graduate of Seabury Hall. She will be attending Waseda University in Japan, where her major course of studies will be political science and environmental study. Kimura has studied tea ceremony and studied and tutored in the Japanese language. She hopes to further her knowledge of Japan, its culture, economic growth and sustainability during her studies at Waseda University.

Kagoshima is the daughter of Joel and Cindy Kagoshima, and is a 2014 graduate of Maui High School. She will be attending Oregon State University and studying psychology. A longtime member, teacher, and songwriter of Maui Taiko and a member of the Japanese Club at Maui High School, Kagoshima hopes to study abroad in Japan in the future to increase her understanding of the Japanese culture.

The JCS Maui Scholarship is an annual scholarship. Selection criteria for the scholarship include the student’s interest in perpetuating the Japanese culture, how their education will assist in perpetuating the Japanese culture and their present and past involvement in Japanese organizations, as well as academics and community service participation.

Donations for the scholarship may be made to the Japanese Cultural Society of Maui and mailed to P.O. Box 5090, Kahului 96733.