The Japanese Women’s Society of Honolulu was founded in 1954 as an educational and service organization. The Organization was merged with the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation to form the Japanese Women’s Society Foundation in 2006 and its mission and goals remain the same.

Its mission is to promote education and quality services to the community by responding to the changing needs of the society. The JWSF’s goal of becoming “an acknowledged leader and trendsetter in the area of health and issues pertaining to aging” and its objective of rendering worthwhile services to the community have led the JWSF to annually award a scholarship to an enrolled graduate student in the field of health care, social work, or the arts and sciences who is focused on gerontology/geriatrics. This year the JWSF will award one (or more academic scholarships) up to $5,000.


  1. Full or part-time enrollment or acceptance in a graduate degree program at an accredited institution of higher learning in one of the following fields: Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, or the Arts and Sciences.
  2. Interest and commitment in the field of Gerontology/Geriatrics based on course work, research, and/or volunteerism.
  3. Financial need.
  4. Hawaii residency.
  5. Timely submission of a complete application that includes the application form, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of financial need, and an essay detailing the applicant’s plans for further academic training and how this would have an impact on the services for the elderly in Hawaii.
  6. Preference will be given to citizens of the United States of America, although citizens of other countries may apply.


Submit completed applications to:
JWSF Scholarship Committee
c/o Janice Tashiro
98-1198 Kaonohi Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701

Applications must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2018. Applicants will be notified by June 30, 2018.

Scholarship Application

2016 Scholarship Winners

Eriko Oga

Eriko Oga is a doctoral student in the American Studies Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This scholarship was established to support a current American Studies student with partial tuition costs and to recognize meritorious achievement. Congratulations to Eriko!

Erika Noel

Erika is a student at the John A. Burns School of Medicine and will graduate in 2018. This summer she will be spending her time in American Samoa working and conducting research. We congratulate Erika and look forward to hearing about her as she moves forward in her medical career.

Past Scholarship Winners

Check back for more information about our previous winners!