USJF Scholarships are available for developing your talents

last updated 10 Oct 2016

Scholarships

The USJF offers scholarships on many levels. Young and experienced judokas can both benefit from the generosity of many people to engage with Judo competitively and as coaches and mentors.

Athlete-Scholar of the Year Committee

The United States Judo Federation Board of Directors has established the “USJF Athlete–Scholar of the Year Award.” First prize is $1,000.00, second prize $750.00, and third prize $500.00. The money will be paid directly to the College or University of their choice at the time of matriculation.

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Mr. Vaughn Imada
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Academic Honors Society Committee

The United States Judo Federation would like to recognize students at the elementary, grade, middle and high school level who are excelling at their studies and citizenship.

Applications are available

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B. C. Dage Corporation Athlete Travel Grant

The B.C. Dage Corporation Athlete Travel Grant has been established by a generous donation to USJF to support travel for competition or training for up-and-coming USJF athletes.

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Elizabeth Lee Scholarship

The Elizabeth Lee Scholarship was established by Mr. Noboru Saito and Mr. Ernie Nishi to encourage female judoka to attend Joshi Judo Camp and/or to further their training and development in Judo.

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Fukuda Scholarship Committee

The Keiko Fukuda Judo Scholarship was established by Professor Fukuda to encourage female judoka to continue their formal education and/or to further their training in Judo. Prior scholarships have ranged from $400.00-$500.00. The amount may fluctuate each year based upon endowment income attributable to this scholarship fund.

The scholarship grant may be applied towards expenses incurred for either of the following types of activities:

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George C. Balch Scholarship Fund

To honor George Balch, donations flowed in to the USJF scholarship account in his name, and they continue to this day to provide college scholarships through the George C Balch Scholarship program. This program has become one of the largest scholarship funding sources in USJF.

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John Osako Referee Fund

The John Osako Referee Fund was established in 2008 with a generous initial donation from Evelyn Osako, John’s wife, and the Judo Affiliates of Michigan to provide financial aid to aspiring PJU Regional, IJF Continental, and IJF International level referees intent on gaining further experience in order to develop and improve their skills, remain abreast of emerging standards, achieve higher international certification, and be in contention for consideration to officiate at the highest levels in the world – Junior World Championships, World Championships, and the Olympic Games.

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Joseph J. Fitzsimmons Scholarship Fund

This Scholarship is named after Joseph J. Fitzsimmons, M.D. in honor of the years of service he has provided overseeing USJF events. This scholarship program is dedicated to USJF members who are pursing a medical degree in a recognized academic institution.

The Joseph J. Fitzsimmons, M.D. Scholarship Fund is supported through donations made from judoka, families, and friends of judo. All contributions to the fund should be channeled through the United States Judo Federation and have a designation to the Joseph J. Fitzsimmons, M.D. Scholarship Fund.

Helping physicians with their first two years of medical school costs while they continue their judo learning is the goal of this program. Helping young physicians will encourage them to give back to judo at the dojos and shiajo, and on yudanshakai and national levels.

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Noboru Saito Judo Development Grant

The purpose of the grant is to provide funding and support for worthwhile judo developmental projects which may impact a judo participant’s personal development onwards to include an indirect activity which may impact judo’s growth in North America.

Thus, this particular program is different and unique in contrast to other USJF Endowment Trust programs… instead of being very specific in its goals and uses, it is unusually broad and can provide financial support for almost any worthwhile project.

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Tamo Kitaura Referee Development Grant Committee

The grant has been established to provide financial assistance in support of the development and growth of USJF referees. The grant is specifically aimed at USJF referees who have exhibited a degree of technical proficiency, such that the Governing Organization has identified these individuals as candidates for further testing and certification through the PJU-C. The proceeds from the grant go towards defraying the costs of travel and other expenses associated with a referee’s attendance at the PJU-C testing site. This grant has also been established as a tool to encourage, support and increase new referee participation.

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How can I support any of the Scholarship Funds?

You can make a donation of any amount with your annual membership registration. See the membership form.

You can contact Executive Director Robert Fukuda at the USJF Headquarters to make a gift by check at any time.

  • U.S. Mail:  United State Judo Federation
    P.O. Box 338
    Ontario, OR 97914
  • Telephone: 541-889-8753
  • Make checks payable to: United States Judo Federation
  • Make a note in the memo field indicating “donation” and “the name of the scholarship”

You can check whether your employer matches charitable gifts, and if so, see whether your gift to USJF can be matched within your company’s guidelines. (This may involve sending some paperwork from your company’s giving program to the National Office, where the staff will be happy to process it.)

Is my donation tax deductible?

The United States Judo Federation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

How are the funds managed?

The scholarship funds are held as part of the USJF Endowment Funds, which means that your gift will not be spent out, but will generate interest that will help to fund scholarships year after year – making a lasting contribution to judo.

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