March 15–17, 2019
Overland Park Convention Center & Overland Park Sheraton Hotel

Opal Becker Memorial Scholarship

 
Opal Becker Memorial Scholarship
 

Naka-Kon sponsors a college scholarship for Junior-, Senior-, or graduate-level students. Two awards of $2,000 (split over two semesters) are available to students at these levels who are engaged in any variety of Japanese cultural studies. Students attending any institution are encouraged to apply.

Information on application criteria will be available this spring via naka-kon.com.

The family of Opal Becker has graciously donated the start-up funds for this opportunity.

Opal Becker was born in 1920, in the now-defunct town of Bigelow, Kansas. She attended Huff Business College in Kansas City in 1939. Upon completion of the one year course, she took a job at the Kansas Department of Health where she worked as a secretary for 53 years.

Opal’s free time was spent with friends, family, and in the service of others. During World War II, she was active in the American Women’s Volunteer Services, and the United Service Organization (USO). After the war, she volunteered at Winter VA Hospital. She gave her time for many years ushering for the Topeka Civic Aids and volunteered at Stormont Vail Hospital, the Kansas State Historical Society Gift Shop, and in the office at Countryside United Methodist Church. However, Opal did occasionally take time for herself, loving to travel, play cards, fish, and camp. She had kindness, grace, poise, patience, humor, tenacity, endurance, humility, and a positive outlook, no matter what life threw at her.

Opal Becker passed away in July of 2016. Her philosophy on life is best described in a poem she had hanging in her home (author unknown):
“The yesterdays are shells we shed, the best is always on ahead. There’s always some new world for winning. Every end is a new beginning.”

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