Megan Nakagawa and Tyler Sato are the recipients of the 36th Annual Rev. and Mrs. Sensho Sasaki Scholarship.
With the closure of the Temple, we presented them with their scholarships at the virtual Graduation Service that was held on Sunday, June 13. At the service, MVBT President Bob Matsumoto announced the 2021 recipients. The Temple congratulates the recipients and wishes them continued success in their college life.
Each June, the Sasaki scholarship is awarded to a college-bound, high school student(s) in the Temple who apply for the scholarship and meet special requirements. The recipient must enroll in a college, express a strong interest in the Buddhist religion, have an excellent attendance record in Dharma School, and have been participating in other Buddhist activities. The scholarship committee also considers YBA participation, Buddhist education activities and an essay. Sometimes the committee awards multiple scholarships, depending on the qualifications of the applicants.
The scholarship is funded by the Annual Sasaki Scholarship Golf Fundraiser usually held at the end of August. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the golf tournament was cancelled in 2020 and 2021. Hopefully, the golf tournament can resume in 2022.
To date, the scholarship has given out 64 scholarships to deserving Dharma School students.
Sasaki Scholarhip Committee and
MVBT Golf Committee