Staff Sgt. Mum Arii Scholarship

a JAVA Memorial Scholarship for High School Seniors

JAVA is profiling the sacrifices and contributions made by the men and women that our JAVA Memorial Scholarship program honors. Today's issue introduces a new scholarship:  the Staff Sgt. Mum Arii Scholarship, named in honor of Mamoru “Mum” Arii who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The Scholarship is sponsored by his grandson, Dr. Matthew Mah, a recipient of the 2014 U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye Scholarship. The Mum Arii Scholarship is one of the many $1,500 JAVA Memorial Scholarships that will be awarded to a high school senior who will be entering a two or four-year college in the fall. Application information can be found at the end of the article as well as on the JAVA website. 

Staff Sargent Mamoru “Mum” Arii, 442nd RCT, E Company. Photo: Courtesy of Dr. Matthew Mah. 

Mamoru “Mum” Arii served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team as a Staff Sargent in the “E” Easy Company. A native of Winters California, Mum, and his family, like the majority of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast, were forcibly evacuated from their home after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The Arii Family were interned at the Gila River War Relocation Center in Arizona. He followed in the footsteps of his brother, William Arii, who served in the 100th Battalion, in fighting for his country. Mum was awarded a Purple Heart during his time in the service.

Following his discharge, Mum married the love of his life, Masayo, and worked as a plant manager at the Mariani Fruit Packing Company for over 50 years. During this time, he found his second calling and dedicated all of his free time and effort outside of work to the San Jose Buddhist Church.

The Staff Sgt. Mum Arii scholarship was created by Dr. Matthew Arii Mah, Mamoru Arii's grandson. Matthew Mah was awarded the 2014 U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship, which helped provide him the opportunity to attend podiatric medical school. He completed his residency in foot and ankle surgery at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, where he continues to serve veterans as part of the clinical staff. He would like to thank JAVA for all their contributions to Japanese American veterans, like his grandfather, and their families.

JAVA Scholarship Eligibility and Applications


  • Descendants of those who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the Military Intelligence Service, the 1399th Engineer Construction Battalion, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion or descendants of Japanese American soldiers who served during World War II other United States military units, including the Women’s Army Corps or Army Nurses Corps are eligible and encouraged to apply. 
  • Current members of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2020, are eligible and encouraged to apply. Children of current JAVA members are also eligible and encouraged to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2020. 
  • Past or present members of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment, ROTC, or U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course are eligible and encouraged to apply for the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship. Applicants should demonstrate their lifelong commitment to uniformed and public service leadership for the nation.



  • Applicants should first review published rules and forms.
  • Applications and supporting documents must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2022, to Applications not received by that date or that fail to meet the submission requirements will NOT be considered. Applicants will be notified of a decision by early June 2022.
  • Awards will be presented at a JAVA scholarship awards ceremony on July 23, 2022. 

2022 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program Overview here.

2022 U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye Memorial Scholarship here.

2022 Ishio Founder's Scholarship here.

2022 Kiyoko Tsuboi Taubkin Legacy Scholarship here.

2022 JAVA Memorial Scholarships here.

Questions or Suggestions: Please contact Neet Ford, at

Japanese American Veterans Association:  Address: P.O. Box 341198, Bethesda, MD 20827 I