Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary

Investing in the potential of future generations

The Nikkei Youth Athletics Bursary is a $1,000 bursary that recognizes the achievements of Canadian Nikkei youth student-athletes who foster excellence in sports, academics and community leadership.

This bursary is meant to encourage youth to have aspirations and voice in our community as individual leaders or as a youth leader within community organizations. It aims to support and encourage youth engagement in their community and the building of healthy communities through athletics.

This bursary has been made possible through a generous donation by the Nikkei Hockey Program. We thank Ian Burgess, Dan Nomura, Paul Kariya and Ken Takeuchi who are pleased to represent the many contributors to the past Nikkei Hockey Programs.

Past Recipients


2017-18 - Dante St. Prix

Dante is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Engineering Physics at the University of British Columbia. He is a competitive Judoka, most recently winning a senior silver medal at the 2017 Pacific International and a U-21 gold medal at the 2017 Provincials. In 2014-15, he represented Canada at the Junior European Cup and the International Masters.

Dante became part of the Nikkei Place community as a student at Gladstone Japanese Language School, and graduated from the middle school program. He spends time volunteering as an assistant instructor and coach with the Ishikawa Judo Club.


2016-17 - Beth Kamimura

Beth Kamimura is a student-athlete, currently enrolled in her first year at Simon Fraser University. She has been a catcher for the Delta Heat 98 Fastpitch team for the past 8 years. Her great-grandfather, John Nihei was also a catcher for the Vancouver Asahi. 

Who Can Apply?

Applicant Criteria:

  1. Must be a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizen at the time of his or her application

  2. Youth 25 years old or under (at the time of application) who is involved with Nikkei community organizations and/or involved within the Nikkei community as participants, volunteers or staff members

  3. Graduating secondary school applicants must have a minimum high school GPA 3.00 on a 4.00 scale

  4. Current post-secondary students must be in good academic standing at your current post-secondary institution

  5. Able to demonstrate the potential to achieve a successful academic experience leading to a bachelor’s degree at the college the applicant is planning to attend

  6. Able to demonstrate leadership and community involvement in the Nikkei community

  7. Plans to enroll or is currently enrolled at either an accredited 2year junior or community college in Canada, OR an accredited 4year college/ university in Canada, to pursue a certification with an athletics related major

  8. Consideration will be given to students who are involved in local minor associations in a leadership role or who are training to be part national or international amateur sporting events (Eg, Olympic Junior Hockey).


Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Academic Potential:
    Bursary will be given to full or part-time students who have been accepted to or are attending an accredited Canadian or accredited Non-Canadian post-secondary institution during the current academic year and are able to demonstrate a commitment to their education.

  2. Demonstrated leadership:
    The Selection Committee will look for situations where students have challenged themselves in order to influence others and address local community issues that are important to them.

  3. Community involvement:
    Recipients will be able to demonstrate genuine commitment and connection to the Nikkei community at a neighbourhood level.

  4. Financial need:
    Priority may be given to applicants who have demonstrated a need for financial support.

Submit an Application

Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline.

Required Documents to Submit:

  1. Completed Application Form (Submit online or available for download here)

  2. Copy of applicant’s most recent transcript

  3. Copy of acceptance letter from an accredited Canadian or non-accredited Non-Canadian post-secondary institution

  4. Short essay or story (300-400 words) about your Nikkei heritage and identity

  5. Letter explaining financial need (if applicable)

  6. Two references

Documents can be sent to: nominate@nikkeiplacefoundation.org or mailed to:
Nikkei Place Foundation
220-6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7

Online Application Form:

Name of Applicant *
Name of Applicant
Citizenship *
Gender *
Birthdate *
Phone *
Please describe your intended career and why you feel you should receive this bursary (200 words)