Naka-Kon Announces Scholarship Program

Opal Becker Memorial Scholarship

Naka-Kon is pleased to announce that we are offering our first academic scholarship! Qualified recipients will be chosen to receive this award for the 2018–2019 school year.

One aspect of Naka-Kon’s mission as a non-profit is to explore the charitable, educational, and artistic aspects of spreading knowledge of Japanese culture to a wider audience. The Opal Becker Memorial Scholarship has been established to aid students who are studying varying aspects of Japanese culture, history, or language.

Two scholarships, up to $2000 each, will be awarded to two qualifying Junior, Senior or Master’s students attending the University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, or the Kansas City Art Institute as a full-time student in the 2018-2019 academic year. Applicants from other insitutitions will not be considered at this time, but might be included in future years as this program develops.

Applicants can download the scholarship application packet below. The deadline for applications is May 20, 2018.

Applications for these scholarships are evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  1. Academic Achievement—The candidate must meet the cumulative GPA minimum.
  2. Essay—An essay in which you describe your career goals, a school project related to your field of study, or an area of Japanese culture that has inspired your academic path.
  3. Letters of Recommendation—Provide two letters of recommendation from an advisor, faculty, or coworker familiar with your work.
  4. Application—The application must be completed and submitted before the due date to be considered for the upcoming academic year scholarships.

Please download the Opal Becker Memorial Scholarship application for complete information on requirements, essay topics, and submission due date. Questions can be sent to the Community Outreach sector at