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2023 JETAANC Scholarship Recipient Announced

San Francisco, CA - The Japan Exchange & Teaching Program Alumni Association of Northern California & Nevada (JETAANC) is pleased to announce Gabe Howard; a senior at Del Norte High School (DNHS) in Crescent City, California, as the recipient of the 2023 JETAANC Scholarship. $2,500 will be awarded to Gabe in support of his collegiate pursuits.


Now in its 20th year, the JETAANC Scholarship honors one high school senior who has demonstrated genuine interest in Japan with an academic scholarship of up to $2,500. The recipient is selected based on their demonstrated interest in Japan, academic accomplishments and interests, volunteer and leadership experience at school or in their local community, and recommendations.


This year’s winner, Gabe Howard, has a passion for student exchange and citizen diplomacy. Gabe is a high-achieving student at Del Norte who currently serves as the Japan Club President at his school and is deeply involved in furthering the Crescent City and Rikuzentakata sister schools and sister city relationships.


Bruce Jaffe, a former President of JETAANC and long-time member of the Scholarship Committee shared, “For two decades, the JETAANC Scholarship has honored exceptional scholars and Gabe’s impressive accomplishments stand out, particularly his deep personal connection to Japan”. His town, Crescent City, is sister city to Rikuzentakata in Japan. The relationship began in 2011 with the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami that devastated Rikuzentakata and destroyed Crescent City’s harbor. Having a personal memory of this event and his family’s history with Japan inspired Gabe to learn more and become a leader in his school’s involvement with their sister city to continue their close connection with students across the Pacific.


The JET Alumni Association of Northern California & Nevada serves as a support network and resource for returning JET Program participants in their transition to the Northern California and Nevada area, and also provides assistance in the recruitment and orientation of new participants of the JET Program for the Consulate General of Japan, San Francisco. Furthermore, the organization works to promote and support a deep understanding of Japanese culture by organizing and participating in Japan-related events.


As an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, JETAANC is one of the largest and most active JET alumni chapters in the world. In 2002, the organization established a university scholarship award for graduating high school seniors headed to an accredited college or university, and presented the award to its first recipient in 2003. The JETAANC scholarship is open to students within JETAANC’s geographic area, namely Nevada and the 48 northernmost California counties.


JETAANC’s scholarship program relies solely on donations, and the organization is committed to continuing to offer this opportunity to students in Northern California and Nevada who share a passion for Japan and a commitment to their communities.


If you would like to support the JETAANC Scholarship and help fund future recipients like Gabe Howard, please consider making a donation to JETAANC through Paypal (@jetaanc), by check (mail to: JETAANC, PO Box 2873, San Francisco, CA 94126), or consider setting up a donation match with your employer.


Your donation will directly impact the education and future of deserving students and further strengthen the U.S. - Japan relationship.


To learn more about JETAANC and the scholarship, please visit jetaanc.org/scholarship.


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