USJF Scholarships are available for developing your talents (last updated 43 March 2019)


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

The United States Judo Federation Board of Directors has established the “USJF Athlete–Scholar of the Year Award.”
Contact: Bryan Matsuoka
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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.
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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.
Contact: Karen Nagai
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Fukuda Scholarship

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.
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George C. Balch Scholarship Fund

To honor George Balch, donations flowed in to the USJF scholarship account in his name. 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 to provide financial aid to aspiring PJU Regional, IJF Continental, and IJF International level referees.
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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.
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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.
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Tamo Kitaura Referee Development Grant

The grant has been established to provide financial assistance in support of the development and growth of USJF referees.
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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 National Office 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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Charmaine De Mesa has sent this information to learn about other sholarships.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, higher levels of education translate to higher employment rates and higher lifetime earnings. It is unfortunate that for many students the cost of higher education is a significant barrier to attaining these career goals. Since all students deserve an equal chance to achieve their highest potential, developed an in-depth scholarship guide designed specifically to help students find all the available financial support that meets their needs. Read more about it here.

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